Arts Leadership Award Program

Joyce Gordon

Representing Alameda County Supervisorial District Five

Joyce Gordon of Oakland, is the founder and owner of Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland. The Joyce Gordon Gallery, now in its 14th year, exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists. The Gallery has hosted over 200 exhibitions and programmed events over the years including poetry, dance, theatre, lectures, and more. Joyce’s most recent accomplishments include establishing the Joyce Gordon Foundation of the Arts non-profit organization to build community through arts programming focusing on underserved youth. In August 2017, the Foundation presented its 1st Annual Youth Art Festival which was co-organized by youth. The event celebrates the creativity of Oakland youth through a showcase of youth created and presented visual art, music, dance, poetry and more. This free festival drew over 500 community members to celebrate youth arts in downtown Oakland.