February 2016

When She Rises: When She Rises, $10,500
March 12, 2016 8-11pm
Location: Studio Grand 3234 Grand Avenue, Oakland CA 94610

When She Rises is an art exhibit dedicated to the resilience of women. Artists Cece Carpio, Nisha Sembi, and Erin Yoshi have come together to elevate the stories of women who have endured violent and oppressive acts while showing the power and resilience of these women. The artists will be examining the experience of women in their countries of origin – the Philippines, India, and Japan. When She Rises is brought to you by Trust Your Struggle Collective, Galería De La Raza and Studio Grand.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8pm-11pm On View: March 12, 2016 – May 14, 2016


Immigrant Youth Coalition: Coming out of the Shadows, $4,900
March 26, 2016 11-1pm
Location: Oscar Grant Plaza, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA 94612

East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition will partner with artists of 67 Suenos to collectively create a series of floating artistic banners with its members that reflect the experiences of undocumented youth of color while building solidarity between black and brown communities. The banners will be revealed during that National Coming Out of the Shadows: Oakland Rally during National Coming Out of the Shadows month. National Coming Out of the Shadows serves as a cultural event and healing circle for the undocumented youth community. The event will bring together undocumented people from diverse identities to uplift their stories through testimony, spoken word, art and photography as a way to document common struggles through shared experiences.


dNaga: The Girl Project, $12,000
March 28-April 1, 2016
Location: EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA 94606

The GIRL Project is a free Spring Break workshop providing mentorship in dance, visual arts, urban planning, gardening, self-defense and bike safety. This year, the Girl Project is extending their program into Friday evening, and will exhibit the participant’s work. The GIRL Project’s free public culminating event will be held on April 1 at EastSide Cultural Center located at 2277 International Boulevard at 23rd Avenue. This event will begin with a 6:30pm community meal catered by Akat CaféKallii, followed by a 7:00pm show.


Palestinian Youth Movement: Stompin’ Up: Youth Resist Through Story & Dance, $6,000
May 14, 2016
Location: 6P Mission High School 3750 18th St., SF

May 27, 2016
Location: 6P EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA 94606 

Youth from the Bay Area Palestinian Youth Movement will work with a professional dabkeh instructor to learn and perform original choreography. Following the performance, there will be a facilitated dialogue focused on the topic of confronting xenophobia and racism and the importance of creating space for those most affected by oppression to share their stories. This event is aimed to promote solidarity and create a platform to portray positive images of the Arab and Muslim community.


Indian People Organizing for Change: The Community Land Project, $10,400
September 17, 2016
Location: Intertribal Friendship House (IFH) 523 International Blvd. Oakland CA 94606

The Community Land Project is a series to document community voices concerning the deeper understandings of land and its importance to our collective spiritual, physical and mental health. Central to the land project will be the viewing of the film “Beyond Recognition” which tells the story of the formation of the Indigenous Women’s Land Trust followed by community specific intergenerational dialogues. The Community Land Project’s goal is to gather evidence and testimony from the Bay Area American Indian community and their neighbors through art, poetry, audio and video recordings.


BAY-Peace: Better Alternatives for Youth: Oakland Unspoken: Narratives for Freedom, $14,875
October 8, 2016

Working with a professional youth media crew, BAY-Peace will create a 15-20 documentary as a vehicle and tool to explore how Oakland families are dealing with and struggling against issues of racism, poverty, displacement, and police brutality. Youth will host two free public celebrations over the year to celebrate families of color and document stories. A final celebratory event will be held in November to present the final video to the community accompanied by visual and performance art created by youth.

May 7th – Honoring Oakland Mothers: brunch and celebration of families of color at the Lake Merritt United Methodist Church (1255 1st Avenue – across from the proposed Lake Merritt Tower Project.)

July 30th – Honoring Oakland Fathers: Barbeque and celebration of families of color at Arroyo Viejo Park (7701 Krause Ave – within marching distance of the proposed Coliseum City Development.)

Mid November – “Oakland Unspoken: Narratives of the Fight for Freedom.” Culminating event to screen the film and celebrate participating artists and people featured in the film, at Eastside Arts Alliance (2277 International Blvd.)


Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program: Resistance and Revolution: Liberated Bodies in Motion, $5,600
November 18, 2016
Location: Laney College Theater 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, California

Resistance and Revolution: Liberated Bodies in Motion will be a multi-genre dance production that acknowledges the fact that women’s bodies are on the frontline of revolutionary struggles. In those struggles women’s bodies are labeled, commodified and regulated by the desires of others. This production will tell intersectional stories of body liberation through self-definition, resilience, healing and triumph.


Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park: Latino American Cultural Event Series, $15,000
June 25, 2016
Location: Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

The Latino American Cultural Event is a four-event series to highlight Latino issues and culture at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in Fruitvale. The series will show a new face of Fruitvale as a rich haven for the arts and create a setting for community members to discuss pressing themes. The series will feature two film showings with talk-back panels lead by filmmaker Ray Telles to encourage intergenerational dialogue about national issues that Fruitvale residents know first-hand. The first film “Pride and Prejudice,” explores Cesar Chavez’s life, followed by a panel “Latino Youth, Familia and Social Change: from Cesar Chavez to the Present” featuring stories from youth and elders. The second talk-back event focuses on immigration and deportation, showing “The Promise and the Peril” to spark discussion.

On a paseo entitled “Feasts of Fruitvale,” local chefs and bakers share will culinary secrets and moving personal stories after a visit to the multi-sensory Peralta House kitchen exhibits. The series will culminate with the “Fruitvale First! Latino Culture Festival,” with spectacular dance contests, food, music—and fashion! This event series will explore the political and cultural voices of Fruitvale’s Latino community, to bridge generations within that community, and to make the wealth of Fruitvale’s cultures known to the wider Oakland public.