Deep Waters Dance Collective, “Black Women Dreaming” A Ritual Rest, $10,000
Date: March 26-February 7 2017
Location: Chapter 510 & Regina’s Door
House/Full of Blackwomen, is a two year, multi site specific ritual performance project that addresses the displacement, well being, and sex trafficking of black women and girls in Oakland. Performed as a series of episodes, this project is a collaboration between Amara Tabor Smith and Ellen Sebastian Chang. “Black Women Dreaming”, the latest episode, is a durational performance ritual of 80 black women sleeping, resting and dreaming over the period of seven continuous days and nights at a site in West Oakland. This project seeks to provide a space for black women to rest, sleep and dream intentionally–an idea that is rarely if ever associated with the black woman’s experience. For Tabor-Smith and Sebastian Chang, gathering black women together to sleep and dream is a revolutionary act. Participants’ dreams will be recorded and presented later at Regina’s Door and Chapter 510 through a series of free public installations and performances including a dream quilt-making sessions where women will recount stories of their time at rest. Programming will also include a black girls writing workshop at Chapter 510.
Movement Generation, The North Pole: Political Comedy for the People, $12,000
Date: May-July 2017
Location: Grand Lake Theater, Urban Roots, and Bushrod Recreation Center
The North Pole, a project of Movement Generation, is a comedic web series and performance project about three best friends, born and raised in North Oakland, who fight, dream, and plot hilarious schemes to remain rooted as their neighborhood becomes a hostile environment. Facing both gentrification and global warming, they combat evil landlords, crazy geoengineering plots, and ultimately each other. Written by Josh Healey, directed by Yvan Iturriaga with consultant Chinaka Hodge, the show features cameos from renowned Oakland artists and activists W. Kamau Bell, Mistah Fab, Ericka Huggins, and Boots Riley. At a time when local rents are skyrocketing and global temperatures are rising even more, The North Pole hopes to inspire Oakland residents to take action in honor of the place (and planet) we call home. Movement Generation will host a major premiere and two community events to plant these seeds of laughter and liberation. By combining outrageous comedy with local grassroots movements, The North Pole will help people in Oakland to see the reality of our current crises- and the possibilities for change promoting Movement Generation’s “Just Transition”, a framework to a move towards a more just, equitable, and sustainable economic system.
One Life, Transformative Visions, $9,000
Date: April 8 2017
Transformative Visions is a dynamic community arts event with a message of peace, justice, and possibility. Through visual art, spoken word, arts workshops, and live music, the project aims to both challenge and inspire, offering a multi-vocal creative response to critical issues of the present day. Transformative Visions will engage the arts as activism and a channel for healing and community connection by bringing people together, affirming that within each of us is the power to transform ourselves and our world. At the day long event, spoken word artists will perform original poetry with a prophetic message of transformative change. Arts workshops will also be offered to attendees. Jazz musicians, directed by community-partner Destiny Muhammad (aka the Harpist from the Hood), will provide accompaniment to the poets and a concert to conclude the day. The visual art installation will be on display for two months and feature works affirming values such as dignity, freedom, compassion, interdependence, peace, justice, and healing.
Higher Gliff/Community Rejuvenation Project, Alice Street Film Symposium, $6,000.00
Date: March 24 2017
Location: Elihu Harris State Building Auditorium
Community Rejuvenation Project will sponsor a symposium showcasing it’s documentary “Alice Street”, which spotlights the creation of a large-scale mural which embodies the Alice Street neighborhood’s diverse cultural history. Featured in the film are Oakland’s Chinese and Chinese-American residents of Hotel Oakland, and the Afro-Diasporic community centered around the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. The symposium will include a screening of a newly-edited cut of the film, a panel discussion, and two presentations. Project goals include increasing awareness of displacement, gentrification, and cultural resiliency efforts in Oakland; increasing traction around these issues with state-legislators; and refining CRP’s existing community engagement model. This project has special relevance due to the pressing concerns of displacement and gentrification and their impact on communities of color, low-income populations, and cultural practitioners — all of which are featured in the film. Although centered on Oakland, these issues are of national concern. Additionally, integration of the arts into a response to these issues can be a national model for community retention of homegrown assets. The discussion presented during the symposium will open up a pathway to concrete solutions.
One Fam, Bringing Back the Blues to 7th Street 2017!, $9,500
OneFam’s Blues concert series supports its efforts to honor and share the history of the Lower Bottoms neighborhood. The organization works to connect the current mixed community [racially and economically] in West Oakland with the neighborhood’s history as a black community and cultural center. This year One Fam will produce 8 concerts to honor local Blues performers, enhance cultural equity, and build community. Through curating these concerts One Fam also shows that musicians and other black folks still live, work and perform in West Oakland. In addition to gaining life skills and bicycle repair training, One Fam’s at-risk youth, gain community organizing skills by producing the Blues concert series.