The annual Indie Awards will be held 5:30 p.m. on May 31 celebrating Oakland’s local businesses, artists and artisans. The ceremony will be hosted by local business leader Glynn Washington and Oakland community leaders. The event will be held at the Kaiser Center at 300 Lakeside Drive in downtown Oakland. The festivities also will include live drumming performances, art curated by the Joyce Gordon Gallery, a do-it-yourself cupcake bar, People’s Bazaar marketplace, custom T-shirt screen printing, Polaroid photo booth, live mural, auction and live DJ music by the Oakland Faders. “The Oakland Indie Awards is a chance for all of us to appreciate the amazing creativity and activism displayed by Oakland’s entrepreneurs,” said Oakland Indie Award founder Erin Kilmer-Neel. Over 600 nominations were received in the categories: Oakland Soul, Ripple Effect, Innovative Newbie, Greenie, Socially-Responsible Rockstar and Pillar. Some of the 2012 Oakland nominees include: Spoiled Boutique, Beer Revolution, American Steel Studios, Best Music Co., Ecologic Brands, Sarabek Images and popuphood. The Indie Awards are one of several programs of One PacificCoast Foundation to encourage people to recognize the community, economic, environmental, and political impacts of supporting Oakland’s locally owned businesses and local artists. Now in its sixth year, the Indie Awards has gained a large community following. By supporters nominating their favorite Oakland’s businesses and artists, they increase the exposure to and the awareness of nominees, which generates traffic to their stores, websites and galleries. The community-based initiative provides free advertising and promotion to more than 1,000 businesses and artists each year including our nominees, resource partners, suppliers, vendors, performing artists and in-kind contributors. For more information on the Oakland Indie Awards visit www.oaklandindieawards.com.
Celebrating Oakland’s Independent Businesses and Artists
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