August 2016

MalongaFest 2016, Fua Dia Congo, $10,500

Date: November 4, 2016
Location:  Malonga Casquelourd Center for The Arts, 1428 Alice Street, Oakland

Fua Dia Congo will organize MalongaFest, a free block party-style celebration featuring live music, dance and performing arts, local and international guest artists, free food and refreshments. The festival, which is in its fourth year, is a communal celebration honoring the legacy of African cultural arts pioneer and ambassador, Malonga Casquelourd, as well as the broader legacy of excellence within Oakland’s African cultural arts community. The festival seeks to honor ancestral legacies, affirm African culture as an integral part of Oakland’s identity and uphold the healing and unifying power of African art forms. With the ever present threat to Black lives all over this nation and local efforts to silence, displace and disembowel our cultural presence– MalongaFest serves as a drum call to action to live and preserve our cultural stronghold in our community.

Creative Empowerment for Healing & Safety, Mamacitas Cafe, $9,500

Date: December 3, 2016
Location: Liberating Ourselves Locally (LOL Space), 1234 23rd Avenue, Oakland

This intensive for ‘systems impacted’ female identified youth of color (16-24 + allies) will focus on the creative form of martial arts self defense training and creative artistic expression to facilitate healing and empowerment. Participants will create collages with diverse mediums that represent their journey toward personal healing and safety. The youth’s art work will be exhibited at reception centered on the themes of resistance, healing, and safety for women of color/youth in Oakland.


Fruitvale Community Dia de Los Muertos Festival, Unity Council, $5,000

Date: October 30, 2016
Location: Fruitvale Park Plaza, 35th Ave. and International Blvd., Oakland

BCF will support the creation of the Community Altar and a mosaic installation commemorating Día de los Muertos, to be unveiled at the annual Fruitvale Día de los Muertos Festival in the Fruitvale hosted by Unity Council. The creation of the Community Altar is a collective effort on the part of Fruitvale residents and local artists. This year they will install seven small mosaics on concrete walls framing the festival site and the site of the Community Altar. A traditional blessing from Aztec danzantes will be included in the unveiling.


Exhibit: POW! Womxn in Comics, POW! Womxn in Comics, $7,500

Date: December 2-17, 2016
Location: Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

The POW! Womxn in Comics exhibit will center working class womxn of color comics. The objective is to reach an intergenerational audience and present authentic, first-person stories that offer a counter narrative to the heteronormative and hypersexualized versions of comics that exist in the comic book industry which erase struggles of mental health, poverty and identity caused by a white supremacist society that often invisibilizes womxn’s voices.  There will be an opening reception, art therapy workshop, a public reading, and gathering with panel and discussion.