Since its inception in 1974, Pro Arts has contributed greatly to the infrastructure of a thriving artist community in Oakland, providing 20,000+ artists with the opportunity to experiment and connect with new audience. In early 2019, inspired by the work of P2P Foundation, platform cooperativism, and the Occupy movement, Pro Arts began experimenting with new forms of ideas, action-based governance and collaborative presentation methods with the idea to ultimately reframe the value of art and art labor in the context of a solidarity economy.

On Tuesday, June 18th, 2019, from 6: 00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. we invite the community to gather for the unveiling of Pro Arts’ new vision and format. Our latest organizing work and configuration of Pro Arts revolves around: “How can we build a truly inclusive, diverse, self-sustaining, and based in fair labor practice community today, using the vehicle of art?” The result is Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS, and the introduction of a new sustainable and collaborative art economy model, based in the democratic self-organization and ethic of stewardship and mutualism, found in the establishment and endurance of the community commons.

The community gathering will be punctuated by a special reception for the book “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” and presentation by the book co-editor, Tom Llewellyn. Llewellyn is the Strategic Partnerships Director at, and a lifelong sharer, commoner, and storyteller. He manages organizational, editorial, and events partnerships and has coordinated the global Sharing Cities Network, and other community sharing campaigns, in addition to speaking internationally about real, equitable sharing. 

“Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” showcases over a hundred sharing-related case studies and model policies from more than 80 cities in 35 countries. It witnesses a growing global movement and serves as a practical reference guide for community-based solutions to urgent challenges faced by cities everywhere. The book is a call to action meant to inspire readers, raise awareness, and strengthen the sharing movement worldwide. “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” shows that not only is another world possible — but that much of it is already here. Download a copy of this revolutionary handbook today here.

The community gathering and book event for “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” will also feature 5 minutes presentations by: Mercury Twenty, Project Kalahati, RATSKIN Records Imprint, Safer DIY Spaces, Dream Farm Commons, and Benjamin Burke, an international creative consultant and story engineer and TED Fellow who is involved in a new project, connecting village-building projects and artist residencies in South Africa and India with a future folklore incubator in France and a city-wide artist residency in Oakland

This event is co-created and co-produced in collaboration with Shareable. 

This event is FREE and Open to the All. Please RSVP by June 16th, 2019 HERE.