A Brief History

Rock Paper Scissors Collective formed in 2004 as a group of emerging artists within the Oakland arts community (not only visual arts but music, crafts, film and writing) who saw a need for a place such as RPSC to enable others within the community to teach, sell, exhibit and learn about art. After more than a year of fundraising, we moved into our storefront space at 2278 Telegraph Ave., in downtown Oakland. In 2005 Rock Paper Scissors Collective and a handful of sweet friend galleries founded the Oakland Art Murmur and First Friday. In 2016 Rock Paper Scissors moved out of its iconic storefront. We continue to run programming through partner sites like the Oakland Public Library network, and we have also set up a new home at Warehouse 416, back in downtown Oakland.

Who we are

The Rock Paper Scissors Collective is a member based, volunteer-run organization that fosters creativity and collaboration in order to strengthen local communities and encourage sustainable practices and alternative models. We promote the sharing of ideas, skills, and resources through the celebration of art, craft, education, and performance.

RPSC currently realizes this through free and low-cost classes, curated and open submission art shows, pop-up retail of independently made clothing/ craft/zines/music, pop-up arts lab, community events, and youth involvement.

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