Art in Nature Festival

Information on this site pertains to our 2015 Festival

In 2015, over 8,000 people came and immersed themselves in the natural beauty of the park and the offerings of over 300 artists.

East Bay Regional Park District              Samavesha

East Bay Regional Park District and Samavesha Present:Facebook Event Page

Art in Nature

A Multidisciplinary Arts Event

(Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, CA)

Sunday September 20, 2015 from 11am to 5pm, FREE

Directed by Laura Inserra


Sponsored by 

          Regional Parks Foundation                  Kaiser Permanente

Regional Parks Foundation and Kaiser Permanente


Art in Nature is a full day interdisciplinary, interactive, site-specific, multi-sensory, inter-cultural, and inter-generational immersion into art, nature, and the nature of art. It takes place annually along the Stream Trail of Oaklandʼs Redwood Regional Park. The event is free, unplugged, and off the grid.

Stroll along the mile-long Stream Trail, experience art in nature, and delve into the nature of art throughout 12 theme areas featuring music, dance, sculpture, painting, martial arts, poetry, body painting, circus arts, theater, visual arts, storytelling, arts & crafts, kids activities and more.

20120923_AIN_2012_1117The Festival is accessed by free Shuttle from Merritt College. The shuttle takes you directly to the entrance of the event and the ride is only 10 minutes. For detailed info please visit the Getting There page. The shuttle buses are not wheelchair accessible. Parking for vehicles with Disabled Person (DP) Parking Placards or License Plates is available inside the park by reservation only, and must be reserved at least 7 days in advance. See our Accessibility page for more information.

Pack a snack. Join us for an immersion into art and nature surrounded by remarkable people and artists.

The event reflects two distinct aims:
Art in Nature: different expressions of art exposed and performed in nature.
The Nature of Art: revealing the artists’ processes, techniques, and tools.

The event is guided by the principle that all art forms originate from a universal human characteristic—creativity. This event conveys this universality by revealing the creative process that permeates many art forms, and also by giving attendees access to their own creativity through many participatory activities and performances.

20120923_AIN_2012_1238We invite you to donate to help us cover our unmet costs for this year’s event. Visit our donate page for an explanation of benefits offered. The involvement and support of the community is essential to the sustainability of the event.

There are many opportunities for volunteering at the festival. Being a volunteer is an artistic experience in itself, and gives the opportunity to join our vibrant Crew of organizers and artists.



Art in Nature seeks:art-in-nature-festival-featured

  • To make world-class arts and nature accessible to all
  • To awaken and express personal creativity
  • To foster collaborative synergy
  • To encourage diverse and resilient communities
  • To connect people with nature and inspire environmental awareness.


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This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency,
and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles.
This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Ross McKee Foundation.
This event is supported by an Arts Mini-Grant from the Clorox Company Foundation.
This event is sponsored by the Helzel Family Foundation.


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