The Addison Streetscape Project  

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Overview: Addison Street Arts District
The Addison Street Arts District is the lynchpin of Berkeley's Downtown revitalization effort. Addison between Shattuck and Milvia has been designated Berkeley’s downtown Arts District. The District was developed  through a collaborative partnership of arts and cultural organizations, private developers, and the City of Berkeley. It contains a vibrant mélange of arts group and businesses, creating a critical mass that defines the Arts District. The Addison Street Window Gallery, a cooperative effort between the Civic Arts Commission and the community, is in its 12th year of exhibitions and continually features the visual art of local Bay Area artists. Performing arts groups such as the Berkeley Rep and Aurora Theater have successfully established themselves in the Arts District along with the acclaimed Jazzschool and the Capoeira Arts Cafe. Soon to join the Arts District is the Freight and Salvage, who will be building a new venue on Addison Street.  

Overview: Addison Street Arts District
The Addison Street Arts District is the lynchpin of Berkeley's Downtown revitalization effort. Addison between Shattuck and Milvia has been designated Berkeley’s downtown Arts District. The District was developed through a collaborative partnership of arts and cultural organizations, private developers, and the City of Berkeley. It contains a vibrant mélange of arts group and

The Arts District is now expanding beyond its original boundaries, with the proposed relocation to Downtown of the University's Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Judah Magnes Museum, the Shotgun Players, Central Works Theater and other cultural uses.  Eventually, Addison Street will have the capability of showcasing public performances in the street, which can be blocked to motor traffic at Shattuck and Milvia as needed. The Arts District has effectively stimulated the revitalization of Downtown Berkeley, which is developing as an exciting urban arts center. 

Addison Streetscape Project
City planners have undertaken a major redevelopment of the Addison Streetscape, which now includes a prominent public art component. The Addison Streetscape public art project is an  extensive makeover of the sidewalk between Citizen looking down at sidewalk artworkShattuck and Milvia. This project  celebrates the Downtown Arts District, honors Berkeley’s poetry heritage and the history of crafts in California, and provides an uplifting focal point for Addison Street and Downtown Berkeley.

Eight Berkeley artists, Lynne- Rachel Altman, Jenny Cole, Carolynn Haydu, Diana Maria Rossi, Rebecca Schwarz, Nancy Selvin, Sofie Siegmann and April Watkins were selected to create individual sidewalk artwork inserts which are placed at individual points along a weaving band running the length of the sidewalk.  Between the colored band and the street is the Addison Street Poetry Walk, which displays poetry and prose selections which thematically relate to Berkeley, edited by Robert Hass, professor of literature at University of California at Berkeley and former Poet Laureate of the United States. The complete text of all the literary selections will be collected as The Addison Street Anthology, which through the generosity of private donors will be available as a published volume. The City's Parking Garage also features two permanent art installations on the exterior walls of the garage along Addison Street. 

 

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