July 2016

Her Resilience, .66 gender wage gap Art Exhibit: Mural Workshop, $3,500

Date: August 27, 2016
Location:  Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

The .66: gender wage gap Art Show is the result of the 2016 Her Resilience summer residency for six women of color hosted at Qulture Collective. The reference to .66 reflects what women of color make on every dollar earned by men, as well as commemorates 1966 as the year black women gained the right to vote. The show sheds light on the harsh realities of economic injustice facing women of color with an intersectionality lens. The closing event for Her Resilience/.66 gender gap Art Show will be a mural workshop from one of this summer’s artists, Mujer Muralista. Workshop participants will unpack mural activism and it’s history with attention to the role of women of color. Additionally, Mujer Muralista will also lead participants in collectively designing a mural.


AfroSurreal Writers Workshop, Creativity and Relaxation Workshop, $6,300

Date: August 27, 2016
Location: 3000 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94607

AfroSurreal Writers Workshop’s “Creativity and Relaxation Pop-Up” will provide an environment where people can relax and create their own art to promote healing, love, and joy. Participants will work with artists and healers from AfroSurreal Writers Workshop, the Association of Black and Brown Writers, and Qilombo to design their own time-capsules and to fill them with messages, poems, stories, songs, recipes and other treasure items and creative expressions. This pop-up space will convert a West Oakland neglected street into a site of celebration and beauty.


Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Forbidden Bush Project: The Ancestors Still Teach, $6,500  

Date: September 17, 2016
Location: DeFremery Park Recreation Center, 1651 Adeline St., Oakland, CA 94607

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company will hold an afternoon long community engagement event at DeFremery Park Recreation Center featuring their most recent work FORBIDDEN BUSH choreographed by Liberian Folklorist Nimley Napla. The day will feature multiple avenues for healing cultural exchange. Participants will have an opportunity to take a dance class, taste traditional Liberian food, and gain hands-on contact with Liberian culture (beading & costume building or drum building & repair). The day will culminate with a performance of an excerpt of FORBIDDEN BUSH featuring both Diamano Coura Company members and community members who participate in the dance class.

Oakland Maroons Art Collective, Black Panther Coloring Book Youth Day, $7,558.00

Date: October 7, 2016
Location:  Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

The Oakland Maroons Art Collective will host “Black Panther Party Coloring Book Youth Day” as a part of their art show titled “The Point Is…The contemporary relevance of the Black Panther Party’s Ten Point Program.” The goal of the youth day is to educate Black youth about the Black Panther Party’s (BPP) dedication to public service and public engagement such as it’s Free Breakfast Program. The coloring book will include images from the exhibit and original text from collaborating poets. During the event, youth will have the opportunity to engage with elder artists Emory Douglas and Akinsanya Kambon who worked on the BPP’s newspapers and the original BPP’s coloring book. The coloring books, with crayons, will also be distributed to elementary schools in West Oakland.


Culture Keepers, Reflections of Darkness: A Journey thru Self-Love, $4,000

Date: Exhibit October 7-21, 2016, Opening Event October 7, Closing Event Oct 21st
Location: West Oakland Youth Center, 3233 Market St., Oakland, CA 94611

“Reflections of Darkness: A Journey thru Self-Love” art-show and research presentation seeks to create space for students and the wider African American community in Oakland to connect to African Heritage. Last year, West Oakland high school students traveled to South Africa as part of Culture Keepers’ South Africa Project. Photos from the trip will be displayed at the West Oakland Youth Center during a two week exhibit and include an opening and closing event. The events will feature students’ artistic projects based on the action research they conducted while in South Africa. Evenings will also include African dance and music performances as well as a community mural making activity.


Street Level Health Project, A Evening of Native Healing: A Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, $8,000

Date: November 1, 2016
Location (s): Street Level Health Project, 3125 East 15th Street, Oakland, CA 94606

Street Level Health Project’s (SLHP) Evening of Native Healing celebrates Dia De Los Muertos. The event leverages a culturally resonant time of year to support day laborers and their families in accessing mental health and other important health services. This year SLHP will collaborate with Circle of Ancestors’ “Turn into Peace Circles” project, La Clinica’s Cultura Y Bienestar Program, and artist Crystal Galindo to create an evening of indigenous healing (sound healing, narrative therapy, altar making) aimed to reclaim wellness and empower workers. Participants who are interested in documenting their stories will be supported through a partnership with StoryCorps to produce audio recordings that will be used to raise awareness of the resiliency in our community and the challenges day laborers encounter.


East Oakland Youth Development Center, Remembered Rainbows, $5,000

Date: Exhibit Dec 2-30, 2016, Opening Event, Nov 2 and Closing Event, Nov 30
Location: East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94621

The exhibit “Remembered Rainbows” is a film and photography series that enables Oakland communities to explore their connections to the history and wisdom of traditions of ancient Africa. Through visual documentation artfully captured during Jeffery’s field research in Africa, the exhibit symbolically returns audiences to the soil of humanity’s birth, to explore the common ancestral and cultural heritage that binds contemporary society. The opening and closing events will include live performance by traditional African performers.