Supporting Artists and
Strengthening the Community

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A Vision of Art,
Business, and Community

The San Pablo Arts District fund’s (SPAD) mission is to establish an arts district along the San Pablo Avenue corridor, between 53rd and 67th Streets in Oakland, CA. This stretch of San Pablo Avenue, also known as the ‘Golden Gate Business District,’ is suffering from the recent economic downturn, furthering extant vacancy and blight.

Through a series of programs focused on property and community revitalization and active neighborhood promotion, SPAD will establish artist spaces and galleries along the corridor, and set up art initiatives and events in the community. The programs will benefit existing residents and businesses along the San Pablo Avenue corridor and encourage others to visit, work, shop, and move here.

Proposed programs will include utilization and improvement of existing structures to form affordable artist work spaces and live/work spaces. This will be accomplished through volunteer work, donations, and grants. SPAD will establish partnerships with well-known local and international galleries and art associations set up community outreach programs, foster public art, and produce events to promote the district.

For more information please email us.


About Us

San Pablo Arts District Fund
5516 Vallejo Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94608
Ph: 510.547.0616

SPAD's founding team

Idan Levin is a marketing strategy and operations executive, working in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments for the last fifteen years, and leading initiatives in IT software and services, telecommunications, and semiconductor technologies.  As partner in Vela Global, a technology venture firm, Idan helped create partnerships with industry giants such as eBay, Palm, and Applied Materials, and establishing start-ups with global teams.  As Business Development Manager for a wireless infrastructure company, Idan focused on partnerships in the US and Europe with major carriers, including Nokia, Siemens, MCI, Motorola, and T-Mobil.  Prior to his role in Business Development, Idan was a Product and Network Operations Manager.  Idan served in the Israeli military, specializing in real-time field intelligence gathering and analysis.

Idan feels business is most interesting when infused with creativity, and has considered business to be an art form in itself.  Through his desire to give back to the community and to impact positively areas experiencing economic downturn, he conceived the initial vision for the San Pablo Arts District, an organization dedicated to using art to combat urban blight.

Idan is currently a Partner at EAmmune, a boutique management-consulting firm focused on IT security and compliance strategies in the retail, financial services, and energy markets.

Tracey Snelling is an internationally exhibiting visual artist born in Oakland, California, where she has lived and worked for the past fourteen years, after receiving her a BFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Through her use of sculpture, photography, video, and installation, Snelling gives her impression of a place, its people and their experience, and allows the viewer to extrapolate his or her own meaning. Often, the cinematic image stands in for real life as it plays out behind windows in the buildings, sometimes creating a sense of mystery, other times stressing the mundane. 

Snelling’s work has shown in museums such as Gemeentemuseum Helmond, the Netherlands; Shanghai Zendai MOMA, Zhujiajiao, China; PS1 MOMA, NY; Frist Museum, Nashville, TN; Houston Center for Photography, TX; Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany; San Jose Museum of Art, CA; The Museum of Arts and Design, NY; and she has had exhibitions throughout the US, as well as in China, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Greece, and London. Interested in innovative installation and video works, Snelling strives to bring both local and international artists' works to the Golden Gate District, sharing art with a new audience.

As Chief of Operations for the Global Heritage Fund, which develops cultural heritage sites in developing countries, Terry Quan oversaw all aspects of company growth, including fundraising, site development and day-to-day operations.  Terry was also a Senior Analyst with In-Q-Tel, working on International trade matters and complex litigation cases with Law and Economics Consulting Group and Chicago Partners.

Terry is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and attended The University of Chicago Booth School’s Ph.D. program.  He has taught at Fordham University’s MBA program.
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