Peralta Junction Project Brings Economic & Social Vitality to West Oakland

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The Peralta Junction Project has transformed the triangular lot at 2012 Peralta Street, right near the junction of Mandela Parkway and West Grand Avenue in West Oakland, into a carnival-themed art space that hosts some of Oakland’s most creative artisan vendors, local food trucks and purveyors, a community movie night, free workshops, and an entertaining range of local performers.

With the help of scores of participating artists and volunteers, the project team has transformed the space, which until recently was full of weeds and all but invisible, into a magical environment which casts back to an earlier era. Visitors are greeted by the Rickshaw Ticket Booth, a sculpture fashioned from the cab of an antique truck. M.T. Pockets Traveling Midway of Curiosities and Delights features a series of artist-crafted carnival games and performers who play the roles of carnies and touts. The Another Roadside Attraction Stage provides a spectacular sculptural backdrop for a variety of music and other performances, and a fanciful circus tent hosts activities ranging from free mask-making workshops to kids birthday celebrations.

“We’ve conjured up a magical creative space,” said Leslie Pritchett of Commonplace Productions, one of the project’s organizers. “Now, we invite anyone and everyone to visit and share in this fun and evolving social project.”

Peralta Junction has benefitted from the support of a number of sponsors and key contributors, including: CASS Recycling, The Burning Man Project, Stageworks Productions, The Crucible and American Steel Studios.

The project is open weekends through early December, and (with the exception of a few ticketed events Saturday evenings) entry is free:

Thursdays: Free Movie Night 7-10pm

Fridays: Pop-Up Programming 7-10pm

Saturdays: 12noon -10pm

Sundays: 12noom – 6pm

Programs change each weekend. For details regarding participating artists, key collaborators, vendors, food trucks, and the current project event calendar visit


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Leslie Pritchett