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A project of One Future Arts Alliance

In association with Berkeley-Built and the West Berkeley Design Loop

See the most current updates at Facebook/CommotionWB


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Projects from 2022

Styling the Future

A student-led sustainable fashion show

Helena Udall and her crew brought the red carpet to West Berkeley in May. Students salvaged or designed and sewed the clothing, walked the runway, and produced the event, including live music, vendors, and refreshments. 

Jeronimus Alley Art Project

The Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (BPWA) in partnership with Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) gathered community input to first produce mural content guidelines, then commissioned Pancho Pescador to lead a crew of youth artists to produce a very long beautiful mural in the alley north of Cedar Street, featuring Ohlone imagery with local plants and animals. 

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Do you want cool things to happen in the neighborhood? Commotion West Berkeley crowd-funds exciting projects like murals, community gardens, parklets, public art, pop-up events, etc. 

Pay into the fund (in monthly installments) and you’ll be invited to the private events where we'll decide which projects get funded.

Or propose a project and perhaps we'll help you bring it to fruition. 

Sound like fun? It won’t happen unless you step up. 

Together we can be a force for community engagement.

One Future Arts Alliance is a non-profit 501c3 organization, 

tax ID no. 88-3057601. Donations are tax deductible. 

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We are a group of enthusiasts for our community.

We want to see things happen and we are willing to pay it forward to get things started. We support projects that foster community, pride of place, buzz, excitement, fun, quirkiness, and design. We’d like to see more of that in our neighborhood.


Lawrence Grown, Metro Lighting

Christa Rybczynski, Metro Lighting

Julie McCray, SHOH Gallery

Jill McCoy, Visual Jill

Joe Cordes, AutoMate Scientific

Noll & Tam Architects

Scott McGlashan, McGlashan Architecture

Emily Morgan, Ashby Lumber

Todd Jersey Architecture

Anni Tilt, Arkin Tilt Architects

Laura Leaverton, Berkeley arts enthusiast

Brian Rocha, Ashby Lumber

Other contributors include: Jim Guthrie: Hub+Weber Architects, Sean Kenmore: Affinity Capital Advisors,

Reyna Bernstein, Diana Jensen, Rebecca Herman, Felipe Fernandez, Peter Fisher, and Cora Barnes.

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Building community, one project at a time.

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CommotionWB exists to foster community engagement projects in West Berkeley. 

In these challenging times we offer a small positive opportunity.  

- We are seeking projects that bring people together to build pride-of-place and a better world. 

- They might be fun, artful, and quirky, (pop-up events, etc.) or serious, political, and urgent (BLM, Support Turkey & Syria or Ukraine, etc.)

- We envision community gardens, murals, public art, and pop-up events to be among the types of projects we will fund.

- Our maximum grant is $3000, but we sometimes fund multiple smaller projects. The proposed grant amount can be the total project budget, or you can leverage this money to raise funds separately.

- Projects must be able to be completed within 3-6 months of the grant award.

- Projects will receive funding as determined by popular vote of the Commotion West Berkeley donors. 

- Funding will be made or not made at the sole discretion of this group. 

- Multiple projects might be funded, or the funds might be rolled over for future projects. 

- Funding arrangements will depend upon the structure of the project. 

- As a stipulation of reward, funding recipients will be required to certify that the funds will be expended as indicated in the proposal, provide receipts for expenditures, and will submit a project summary with photos and other relevant documentation of the project results. 

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Example Grant Application

RFP March 2023

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Applications are due by 5pm on March 24, 2023.

Winner/s will be announced by March 31st.

Project Title:

Organization, if applicable:

Contact name:



Please answer each question below. (Maximum 100 words per question)

1. Description: Please describe your project, including where it will be installed or take place, partner entities, permissions needed or secured.

2. Goal(s): What are you trying to achieve with your project?

3. Community Impact: How does your project benefit the community and meet the goals of CommotionWB, specifically bringing people together and building pride-of-place in West Berkeley?

4. Equity: How does your project promote equity, support underrepresented populations, and/or counter negative biases?

5. Project Team: Who will be working on this project? Names of key people, and number of additional volunteers if applicable.

6. Budget: Provide total and breakdown in broad categories. Maximum grant is $3000, but we might fund multiple smaller projects.

7. Funding: Do you need additional funding beyond this grant? If so, what funding have you secured to date? What other funding resources have you identified to help bring your project to fruition? Do you need other resources to ensure that your project is achievable?

8. Timeline: Provide start, milestone and completion dates.

9. Additional assets: Attach supporting documents: plans, photos, images, videos, websites, and any other social media references.

10. Promotion: What is the scale of your network, and how will you promote this project to that group and beyond? 

11. Success: How will the success of the project be measured?

12. Follow-up: Every project has a lifespan. Describe the lifespan of yours including future benefits and responsibilities. What tasks will be needed for completion and closure? For example, will there be ongoing maintenance? Will there be clean-up and/or storage? Will data be collected and a report published? What are the tasks for your project and who will be responsible for them?

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