2015 Beloved Community Fund Grants

The 2015 Beloved Community Fund received 92 applications and made 60 grants for the total fund of $450,000. Below is the complete list of 2015 Beloved Community Fund Grantees listed by month.

FEBRUARY

Mamacitas Cafe: Her Resilience, $4,000
March 21, 2015
Location: Park Blvd Community Garden at Cleveland and Park Boulevard, Oakland, CA
A series of arts-centered projects aiming to raise awareness about the impacts of violence against women. The project unveiled 12 portraits by local artists expressing female resiliency at a public event in the community garden and included facilitated dialogue on healing. Follow-up events include a collage art workshops and resource fair at City Hall.

OneLife Institute: Transformative Visions, $4,000
March 21, 2015
Location: Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway
Intended as a way to use arts activism as a channel for healing and connection among community members, Transformative Visions is a community arts event that includes visual art, spoken word, and live music. Creating a space for hope and affirmation in the midst of State violence, racism, and injustice, the event included a spoken word piece on BlackLivesMatter.

Aunt Lute Books: Intertribal Native Youth, $8,000
September 11, 2015
Location: Oakland Intertribal Friendship House, 523 International Blvd.
Choctow author LeAnne Howe will lead a project to engage Native high school and college youth in an intergenerational oral -to-written story project. Coined by Howe as tribalography, the effort is a process for using story to maintain cultural connection to roots in an urban setting. The culminating project is comprised of readings by the author and a reading of elder histories in December 2015.

Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program: 2015 Resistance & Revolution, $6,000
October 3, 2015
Location: Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street
Resistance and Revolution is a dance production engaging low-income women and girls of color, mostly from East Oakland, drawing from testimonials of Egyptian women and participants about their experiences with street harassment and hopes for the future. The dance pieces elevate how women and girls resist patriarchy and misogyny, and harness self-determination for who they are and what their lives are.

Somos Familia: “El Canto Del Colibri” Community Screening, $9,000
April 25, 2015
Location: Oakland Public Library, 1021 81st Avenue
“El Canto Del Colibri” is a film about immigrant fathers and their LGBTQ children. The community screening creates dialogue and awareness around family acceptance, and increases awareness of the importance of acceptance as a critical issue for boys and men of color, particularly important because people of color are being killed nationwide. In 2015, at least five transgender women of color were murdered. Dialogue within families is critical to transforming communities.

State of Black Oakland: State of Black Oakland: A People’s Assembly, $5,170
March 28, 2015
Location: Geoffrey’s, 410 14th St
State of Black Oakland used a people’s movement assembly format to gather Black residents of Oakland, members of organizations, and artists and cultural workers to create a broad united front to work together to develop a local plan for racial justice. The first of three events, the process integrates African-centered performances by local artists commissioned for the day, as well as an artistic mapping approach in their facilitation.

Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action: Imagine Their Future, $4,000
June 6, 2015
Location: Sole Space, 1714 Telegraph Ave
Imagine Their Future is a series of workshops and dialogues that support young Central American migrants in using performance and visual art to express their stories and combat xenophobic rhetoric. The capstone event is centered on storytelling that engages youth, their mentors, and families and serves as a platform to support youth aspirations.

BAY-Peace: Better Alternatives for Youth: Oakland’s Geography of Resistance, $13,500
November 13, 2015
Location: Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd.
Oakland’s Geography of Resistance is a series of eight “Encuentros” with groups that are working to resist institutional violence in Oakland. Gathering in public spaces relevant to the issues (site of a police shooting, mural challenging gentrification, City Hall steps, etc.), each Encuentro engages in a creative process of healing and unity, and addresses issues such as police terror, racism, poverty, immigration, and displacement that are impacting young people of color in Oakland.

MARCH

Youth Seed: Youth Cultural Innovation Showcase, $7,000
September 24, 2015
Location: United Roots, 2781 Telegraph Ave
The Youth Cultural Innovation Showcase centers on Youth SEED’s model of social enterprise businesses, which integrate youth of color’s cultural perspectives into their business models. The project produced a fellowship video and hosted a film screening that addresses how Oakland is rapidly changing under gentrification, but how creating opportunities with youth of color in low-income communities offers ways to participate and live in Oakland.

Youth Speaks, Inc.: Life is Living, $7,500
October 10, 2015
Location: DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street
By partnering with local arts, community, and civic entities, Life Is Living provides a platform for ongoing artistic and civic development in Oakland. Over 100 artists and organizations shine a light on what makes Oakland thrive by curating themselves into DeFremery Park and engaging the community around this Festival. The intergenerational population celebrates the legacy of DeFremery Park, connects diverse community members with artists and activists, and highlights the myriad of social justice efforts in Oakland.

Silicon Valley De-Bug: Social Justice Exposed, $6,000
May 1, 2015
Location: Studio Grand Oakland, 3234 Grand Ave
For six months, photographers — primarily people of color embedded in today’s vibrant social justice movements — studied the relationship of photography and social justice, and expressed that connectivity in both their organizing and art. Social Justice Exposed featured twelve photographers in an exhibit about the intersection of organizing, movement photography, and art, highlighting images of social justice movements that affect people of color.

Health and Human Resources Education Center: In-Visibility: Honoring Our Memorials, $7,500
August 16, 2015
Location: Coliseum Gardens Park and Lion Creek Crossings Community Center
966 66th Avenue
In-Visibility: Honoring Our Memorials focuses on creating intimate spaces that acknowledge the community’s need for grieving, honoring the dead, and bringing resolution and healing for the continuation of life. The community Memorial celebration hosted different healing practices alongside art workshops as a means to move through pain and into healing.

Omnira Institute: The Black-Eyed Pea Festival, $6,000
September 12, 2015
Location: Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster Street
The Black-Eyed Pea Festival is about African American culture and the powerful resiliency and creativity that allow the community to persevere during difficult times. The event included musical performances, arts and crafts, story telling and lectures, as well as cuisine.

East Bay Asian Youth Center (AYPAL): AYPAL’s 17th Annual May Arts Festival, $5,000
May 21, 2015
Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street
AYPALS’s long-running May Arts Festival intersects arts, activism, history, and culture for Asian Pacific Islander youth. By developing an embodied practice of ancestral cultural art forms, as well as media that have emerged from urban settings such as hip hop and spoken word, youth are able to tell their stories, which are often silenced, and to share their resilience and creatively with their families and their community.

Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company: MINOKAN: Dream It. Create It. LIVE IT!, $6,500
July 31, 2015
Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
RASANBLE! is a Haitian Arts and Culture festival that included a documentary screening of MINOKAN: Dream It. Create It. LIVE IT!, a film about Rara Tou Limen’s recent company tour to Haiti. The celebration also included a dance company performance, Haitian cuisine, and a Haitian marketplace, and connected spiritual practices and cultural traditions from Haiti as a way to help understand the shifting conditions for Black communities in the U.S.

Oakland Carnival: Oakland Carnival Festival & Parade, $8,000
May 25, 2015
Location: Mosswood Park, 3621 Webster Street
The annual Oakland Carnival Festival and Parade is a local expression of carnivals throughout the African Diaspora. Carnival typically involves a public celebration and/or parade combining some elements of a circus, masks, and public street party. The goal is to bring together African-centered communities of color who have interests in art, culture, and wellness. The gathering of communities includes movement, dance, discussion, and food cultural expression.

APRIL

EastSide Arts Alliance: Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival, $ 6,000
May 16, 2015
San Antonio Park, 1701 E 19th Street

Celebrating its 15th, the festival is an opportunity for longtime residents of Oakland to come celebrate their culture and experience a day of healthy, supportive interaction in a safe environment where vibrant culture and politics are shared. Three stages showcase jazz, community presentations, and hip-hop and dance.

Zawaya: Endangered Music in Palestinian Memory, $ 13,500
December 5, 2015
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), 1433 Madison Street

The event, an interactive concert of Palestinian folk music and dance (dabke), showcased a multiethnic chorus, orchestra, and dance ensemble that seeks to increase self-esteem and cultural pride in a time when Islamophobia and Anti-Arab racism are at an all-time high. In addition to reaching the Bay Area Palestinian community, the event seeks to connect with African American, Asian American, and Latino audiences.

Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre: Summer Camp, $ 3,750
July 31, 2015
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway
The Gritty City Repertory Summer Camp uses capoeira and theater to work with youth of color recruited from Oakland public schools and culminates in a performance for an audience that includes teachers, family, donors, and neighbors in the community.

Teatro Brasileiro de Dança: Bahia in Oakland, $ 8,000
November 21, 2015
Oakland, CA

The Festival Brasilero is an event with performance, an exhibit, and a discussion of political issues that acknowledge the expanding population of Black immigrants in Oakland. The festival coincides with the celebration of Palomares, an Afro-Brazilian anti-settlement created against colonial rule.

Afrocentric Oakland: Pan African Family Reunion, $ 11,000
September 6, 2015
Mosswood Park

The Pan African Family Reunion is a gathering to improve the physical, spiritual, mental, and economic health of the Pan-African community. The gathering creates a safe space for people from the African diaspora to gather around art and music to celebrate and to address the communities’ struggles against police violence, racism, and gentrification.,

67 Sueños: Migrant Power: Reclaiming Space via Art & Poetry, $ 13,500
August 9, 2015
1390 66th Avenue

Through a migrant youth “art-ivists” effort of youth-led participatory research, interviews and production, the event profiles a mural unveiling in celebration of youth-led movement victories and includes poetry, spirituality, and healing activities.

Prevention at the Intersections: Alameda County Listening Sessions, $ 5,000 October 3, 2015
Public libraries throughout Oakland

Through a series of listening sessions, youth of color will participate in storytelling as a creative mechanism to weigh in on reforming the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention systems and to communicate the needs of Oakland youth to key decisionmakers.

Viet Unity: The Spirit of Vietnam Is Stronger than US Bombs, $ 2,000
Met West High School , 314 E. 10th Street

Marking the 40th anniversary of the defeat of the US Military in Viet Nam, the cultural event and teach-in features performances, period-specific artwork, intergenerational workshops, and discussions that examine the significance of the war and acknowledges the role Vietnamese people have played in fights for self- determination along with peoples from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

East Bay Meditation Center: Beyond Ferguson: Healing & Honoring Our Ancestors, $ 7,500
August 23, 2015
Humanist Hall, 390 27th St

Beyond Ferguson is a community gathering and healing ceremony with cultural performances to honor ancestors and acknowledge histories of oppression, suffering, and trauma people of color face in their communities and during political actions.

MAY

Healing Clinic Collective: Healing Clinics for the People, $13,000
June 6, 2015 and November 14, 2015
DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St

Healing Clinics for the People reconnect people marginalized in society with ancestral forms of healing and healthcare. During this time of heightened state violence and popular uprisings, the need for healing of historic, current, direct, and vicarious trauma is deeply necessary, including holistic healing for those organizing to challenge such atrocities.The clinic includes a Womb Wellness & Maternal Health Women’s Healing Clinic, as well as our second Men’s Healing Clinic and our first Healing Clinic for Youth.

The Umoja Festival: $5,000
August 15, 2015
Lowell Park, 1180 14th Street

Umoja aims to inspire a mutual understanding and cultural dialogue through the celebration of music, art, and physical wellness. The Umoja Festival’s mission is to create an environment that promotes the development of African communities in Oakland. A family-friendly event, the festival includes a soccer tournament, local artists, businesses, food vendors, and nonprofits collaborating to show work within the community.

Kua`aina Associates, Inc.: Celebrating Pacific Island Arts Series, $5,250
June 13, 2015
Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave and Intertribal Friendship, 523 International Blvd

The Celebrating Pacific Island Art Series hosts art workshops and presentations on the Bay Area’s Pacific Island Communities and their relationship and connection to Native Californian Indigenous peoples through cross-cultural exchange. The workshops focus on traditional art forms such as Siapo (tapa), Hawaiian tattoo, and Hawaiian mele (chants, songs, and poetry) presented by recognized and respected visiting artists from American Samoa and Hawai`i. The series also offers story circles and presentations.

United Roots:: My People Are Rising, $12,500
December 4, 2015
New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St

“My People Are Rising” is a multimedia arts project that tells the story of the Black Panther Party in order to inspire the makers and audience to reclaim space for people of color to embrace the legacy and practice of activism. The project includes music, graphic design, production of a film short, and a screening and celebration at the culmination of the project. The project launched with a group reading of former Black Panther Aaron Dixon’s book “My People Are Rising. Dixon and other Black Panthers engaged with the youth producing the work and participated in interviews.

Lotus Bloom: Multicultural Family Celebration, $5,000
July 1, 2015
Lotus Bloom, 555 19th Street

The Multicultural Family Festival celebrates the diverse programs and community members of our centers in West Oakland/Uptown, East Lake, San Antonio, Fruitvale, Havenscourt, Castlemont, and North Oakland neighborhoods with the goal of bringing families out of isolation and into a cross-cultural learning community for parents and children. Activities include artistic performances and are multicultural in nature. Performances include African drumming, hip-hop, Chinese lion dancing, and folk dance.

BH Brilliant Minds Project, Inc.: 8th Annual Oakland Juneteenth Festival, $6,000
June 27, 2015
3233 Market Street

Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the US. The 8th Annual Junteenth Festival Project includes music, free health screenings, historical education, and family activities. Musical activities include live blues and jazz performancess as well as community resources on displays.

One Fam: Bringing the Blues Back to West Oakland, $9,500
July 18, 2015
1612 7th St
Bringing the Blues Back to West Oakland is a blues concert held along the Blues Walk of Fame in West Oakland. The purpose of these blues concert is to bring together different Oakland residents to build healthy community, and to celebrate the historic importance of the neighborhood, highlighting cultural pride to engage more people in organizing activities.

The Lower Bottom Playaz: Beyond the Bars, $4,000
June 19, 2015
United Roots, 2781 Telegraph Ave

Beyond the Bars is an art-based research project and using data collected in two workshops that explored concepts of home, belonging, personal (often invisible) narratives vs. public narratives, and the negative effect of mass incarceration on community and home. Working with DetermiNation on a public reading of Beyond the Bars, the event included a follow-up discussion among collaborators, presenters, and formerly incarcerated people. DetermiNation filmed the event and will help to create a DVD that extends the reach of this work beyond this event.

Critical Resistance: Strengthening the STIC Fruitvale Community Garden, $6,000
December 5, 2015
28th and Foothill Blvd

Strengthening the STIC (Stop the Injunctions Coalition) Fruitvale Community Garden seeks to fortify the community garden infrastructure in the Fruitvale district of East Oakland. Monthly garden work days in the community, as well as a collaboration with allies to produce a mural and poster project to celebrate the STIC victory, the garden’s history and the diverse garden community includes a multiracial, intergenerational number of participants. The event culminated in a BBQ celebration of the victory against the gang injunction.

Youth Radio: Youth Radio Presents First Friday Bites & Beats, $7,500
August 7, 2015
Youth Radio Arts Center, 1719 Broadway

Bites and Beats is a first Friday event that carves out space for youth of color and features youth poets, musicians, and djs centered around community issues. The event carves out space for youth of color within the large First Friday event. As Oakland engages in fast-paced creative placemaking, Bites and Beats seeks for creative placekeeping, by and for youth of color.

Malidoma Collective: UGODS Exhibition, $5,500
July 3, 2015
Krowswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland, CA, 9461, and Shop Matter, 329 15th Street

UGODS is a multimedia art project that supports and documents women of color exploring the topics of race, gender, and divinity. The art exhibition including workshops, interactive installations, visual artworks, and film screenings, as well as circles and days of healing. A hardbound book to document the project will be produced. The main goal of the project is to empower and raise the visibility and voices of women of color.

JUNE

The Embodiment Project: Chalk Outlines, $12,500
December 3, 2015
Location: Destiny Arts Center, 970 Grace Avenue
Chalk Outlines is a multidisciplinary performance that integrates poetry, hip hop dance, and live music to address racially motivated violence, police brutality and racialized bodies of men of color. The goal of the performance is to engage audiences in conversations about how to respond and solve these issues, particularly audiences affected by police brutality.

Oakland Public Conservatory of Music: Play On!—Oakland Young Musicians’ Festival, $4,500
December 6, 2015
Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
PlayOn! is a music festival for the students, alumni, peers, and family members of the Conservatory’s students who benefit from their music education programs. The goals are to showcase students’ talents through free performances and workshops, project positive representations of Oakland youth, encourage greater community support of arts and music education, and increase pan-ethnic community solidarity in dire times of Ferguson and gentrification, and to inspire greater cultural and civic participation among communities of color in Oakland.

Californians for Justice Education Fund: Flip the Frame, $9,750
July 30, 2015
Location: 520 3rd Street
Flip the Frame is a series of cultural events and artistic projects to shift the belief that students of color cannot succeed in school and life. The series includes photo collection, poster distribution, a video challenge, and a cultural event that showcases the work of local artists and posters by students.
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights: Night Out for Safety and Liberation, $3,500
August 4, 2015
Location: Lake Merritt Amphitheater, between 12th Street and 1st Ave
Night Out for Safety and Liberation is an event that seeks to change the narrative and meaning of “safety” from one that relies on policing to one that is based in community. The event included performances, readings, and art activities.

Street Level Health Project:: Fiesta Cultural en Comunidad, $7,000
December 19, 2015
Location: Cesar Chavez Education Center Auditorium, 2825 International Blvd.
Fiesta Cultural en Comunidad brings together isolated undocumented immigrants (across national origin) to build community through cultural celebration. The event includes Peruvian, Bolivian, and Mongolian dance performances and traditional games.

Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland: The Conjure Circle, $10,500
August 6, 2015
Location: Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway
The Conjure Circle is intended to host a series of programs to deepen the conversation about the Movement for Black Lives and Say Her Name actions. The series of programs includes an exhibit, film screening, hackathon, and town hall meeting.

Phat Beets/North Oakland Restorative Justice Council: Restorative Justice, Restoring Relationships, $12,500
July 1, 2015
Location: Dover Edible Park, between 57th and 58th Streets
Restorative Justice, Restoring Relationships is a project integrating food and culture to encourage and implement restorative justice as a practice in North Oakland, as well as healing from interpersonal, state, or structural violence through neighborhood building and interaction. Activities include four core cultural celebrations and four more block parties initiated and requested by residents engaged with Phat Beets centered on locally grown food in the community gardens. The parties rovide a platform for community members to tell their stories and build more empathy and dialogue with other community members. The events included speakers, local artistic performances, and music.

JULY

Destiny Arts Center: Re-membering: A sister project, $5,000
September 4, 2015
Location: Destiny Arts Center, 970 Grace Avenue
Re-membering: A sister project is a collaborative art project bringing together two Black Tanzanian-American sisters. It explores a journey of healing and the transformative power of making healing visible. Our project goals are to celebrate indigenous and creative healing practices in community. The project created seven large-scale, multimedia art pieces, hosted a public exhibition featuring the work created, and facilitated a workshop for people of color on healing as a form of resistance.

Culture Keepers: Bridging the Continental Divide, $7,000
November 14, 2015
Location: Little Bobby Hutton Park (DeFremery Park), 16th Street and Adeline Street
“Bridging the Continental Divide” is block party focused on the interconnectedness of Black people, specifically the roots of African Americans. The event provides space for Black youth to start seeing positive examples of their own relationship to Africa, and allows some young people to do a public sharing of their trip to South Africa. The middle school youth from designated schools created writing and art that reflects what they have learned in the workshops, and their work was presented at the block party.

Youth Together: Summer Institute and Unity Day, $14,000
July 13 – July 31, 2015
Locations: Skyline High School, 12250 Skyline Boulevard
Castlemont High School, 8601 MacArthur Boulevard
Fremont High School, 4610 Foothill Boulevard
Youth Together’s Summer Institute and Unity Day(s) developed lead organizers to lead workshops and organize performances during Unity Days at three Oakland high schools. The goal of the Institute is to focus on organizing theory, education justice, ethnic studies, and art as resistance. Timely issues and movements were addressed, such as gentrification, LGBTQ liberation, immigrant rights movement, and the movement for Black lives.

Attitudinal Healing Connection: West Oakland’s Friday Night Live, $8,750
July 24, 2015
Location: West Oakland Hoover District, Brockhurst Street
West Oakland’s Friday Night Live is a project that provides Black youth a cultural outlet for healing, building community, and expressing their grief.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC): Oakland Asian Cultural Center Summer, $10,500
August 21, 2015
Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street
OACC created 4 exhibits that feature Bay Area Asian American artists. Also featured were artist talk, educational workshop, and demonstration. The project supports underrepresented Asian American artists by providing a space where they can share their art, educate, and spark dialogue in areas like #Asians4BlackLives.

First Love Gallery: Race & Place: A Community Art Project, $5,500
November 20, 2015
Location: East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International Boulevard
Race & Place Community Art Project included a photo shoot and story telling in an exhibit that engaged Black East Oakland residents to tell stories that resist the process of gentrification and displacement. This project was a collaborationamong the gallery, Communities for a Better Environment, and Merritt Community College’s African American Studies.

Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project: Make It Fresh, $11,500
August 29, 2015
Location: SoleSpace, 1714 Telegraph Avenue
Make It Fresh! is a series of workshops and performances that support the creation of beautiful art and stories that spark a bolder, browner ecological justice movement in Oakland. This year’s showcase date coincided with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. This project artistically amplifies the resistance and resilience of the Black diaspora, from Oakland to New Orleans to Haiti and back.

Global Youth Movement (GYM Oakland): Social Justice Arts Academy, $6,000
December 10, 2015
Location: Edna Brewer Middle School, 3748 13th Ave
Global Youth Movement offers a performing arts workshop series for youth of color as a pilot program of its Social Justice Arts Academy (SJAA). Through personal storytelling, dialogue, and critical examination of structural racism and racial justice, SJAA youth build communities that foster racial healing from trauma from gentrification and displacement. The project culminates with an original youth production of dance performances and spoken word.

GlobalGirl Media: My BFF Oakland, $4,000
October 11, 2015
Locations: Oakland Impact Hub, 2323 Broadway
Youth Impact Hub, 2715 Telegraph Avenue
My BFF Oakland is a multimedia project aimed to engage 10 young teenage girls of color in creating narratives about Oakland through digital storytelling. The screenings of the girls’ personification of the city of Oakland as their best friend celebrate what might be seen as “blighted” neighborhoods.

Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV): Until We Are All Free Community Launch, $11,500
October 21, 2015
Location: Glenn Dyer Detention Facility, 550 6th Street
“Until We Are All Free” is a project between Mobilize the Immigrant Vote and CultureStrike. The project links migrant rights and Black self-determination as key racial justice issues and movements. The project released a Declaration of Unity and other cultural “products”, including communal artmaking and works commissioned prior to the event, including visual and musical art.

Xicana Moratorium Coalition: Xicana Moratorium Day, $4,000
August 30, 2015
Location: San Antonio Park, 1701 E. 19th Street
Xicana Moratorium Day is an annual commemoration of the largest protest organized by Chicanos against the Vietnam War. The theme of the festival this year is Third World Liberation: One Land One Struggle. The day included a sunrise ceremony, musical performances, and Aztec spiritual dance.

CultureStrike: Illustrating Visions for Futures beyond Detention, $9,500
October 26, 2015
Location: Mujeres Unidas y Activas, 2783 E. 12th Street
Illustrating Visions for Futures beyond Detention is a project that includes multimedia artworks based on letters written by immigrant women in detention centers. The event included painting, storytelling, and video making that address shifting the narrative about migrants from victims/criminals to resilient peoples.

AUGUST

American Indian Child Resource Center: Winter Moon Powwow, $5,915
December 5, 2015
Location: Laney Community College Gymnasium, 900 Fallon Street
Winter Moon Powwow combats the invisibilization of Native peoples in the Bay Area and sustains a set of contemporary Native American traditions by providing a gathering space to celebrate community via the practices of drumming, dance, music, and cultural exchange.

MiHistoria.net::MiHistoria: Sharing Stories of Latinegras, $5915
October 3, 2015
Location: César E. Chavez Branch, Oakland Public Library, 3301 E. 12th Street
MiHistoria: Sharing of Stories of Latinegras examines the narrative about Black and Brown communities by providing an opportunity for first-person narratives from women who identify as Afro Latinas. As a transmedia initiative, this project includes in-person workshops with story coaches for Afro Latina women, an exhibition, and an online storytelling archive.

The Queer and Trans Network of Alameda County: How Spirit Moves Us Presents Calling on Spirit, $4,000
November 13, 2015
Location: Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin Street
“Calling on Spirit Writing and Performance Workshop” is a six-week writing workshop focused on community building between Queer and Trans Black people in the East Bay. The workshops help participants develop skills to craft writing that addresses violence and highlights the struggles, resistance, and healing practices in LGBTQIA communities.

Missey, Inc.: Rysing Womyn, $10,000
December 12, 2015
Location: TBD
Rysing Womyn is a ten-week workshop and culminating performance on the role of women of color in social and political movements. This project engages young women of color who are sexually exploited and domestically trafficked. The young women write monologues to be performed at the end of the workshop series.

Bay Localize: SEEDS & SOUL: Indigenous Cultural Exchange and Festival
October 24, 2015
Location: Lake Merritt Lakeside Park, 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610
SEEDS & SOUL is an indigenous cultural exchange and festival focused on relationship building, arts, and culture as tools for social and environmental change. Traditional and contemporary practices will beare used to lift up solutions to massive problems faced by our community, including and will include performance arts, story telling, and panel presentations.