March 2016

Oakland Asian Cultural Center: 2016 Asian Pacific Islander Artist Exhibits, $10,500
Ongoing thru 2016
Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St #290, Oakland CA 94607
Oakland Asian Cultural Center will present 7 free public exhibits in 2016 featuring underrepresented Bay Area Asian Pacific Islander American artists. Exhibits will be accompanied by community engagement and education events including artist talks, educational workshops, art demonstrations, school tour gallery walks, and First Friday receptions to encourage dialogue on community issues.

Confirmed 2016 Exhibits:
1. Animal Spirit by Leon Sun
2. Kith and Kin by Minnie Phan
3. Artivism by Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE)
4. Filipino American History Month Exhibit
5. OACC 20th Anniversary Oral History Exhibit


Queer and Trans Network of Alameda County: Time is Now LGBTQI Youth Summit, $2,000
April 30, 2016 10-5p
Location: Oakstop, 1721 Broadway #201, Oakland, CA 94612
The theme for the 3rd Annual Time is Now: LGBTQI Youth Summit is “Thriving Not Surviving”. The event will highlight how LGBTQ Youth (with a focus on youth of color) thrive, find wellness, and create their own survival. Event workshops will include youth learning about Eastern, African and indigenous health and wellness career pathways. Essential to the day will be performances by youth and adult LGBTQI artists as a tool to build community and support communal healing.


Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice: From Defending Our Pueblo, Defending our Hood, $6,500
May 5, 2016
Location: CURYJ 2289 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94606
CURYJ will host a reclaiming Cinco de Mayo event as a part of its Building Bridges: Defending Our Pueblo, Defending Our Hoods project. Building off a previous event at the Alameda Juvenile Detention Center, the Cinco de Mayo event will build a bridge between those on the outside and those on the inside by highlighting the connections between Prop 21 and the current housing crisis. The two part event is designed to teach youth in detention and youth and families outside of detention, about the meaningful connections between the Battle of Puebla and the current battle against gentrification and its devastating impact on families in Oakland. The Cinco de Mayo event will feature spoken word and live music from youth performers of Youth Speaks and Homies 4 Justice.


Hip Hop for Change: Bay Area POC Environmental Summit and Showcase, $6,300
May 21, 2016
Location: New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
The Bay Area POC Environmental Summit and Showcase is an environmental advocacy event that utilizes the arts as a platform to bridge dialogue between communities of color impacted by environmental racism and large environmental NGOs. The event will showcase environmental/green Hip Hop by Earth Amplified, conscious rapper Khafre Jay, DJ Agana, Young Gifted and Black Choir, and acclaimed rap group/activists Dead Prez.


Asian Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership: 18th Annual May Arts Festival, $9,000
May 14, 2016
Location: San Antonio Park, 1701 E 19th St, Oakland CA 94606
In its 18th year, AYPAL’s Annual May Arts Festival utilizes arts activism to explore and openly celebrate the history, culture, and identity of the youth involved in AYPAL. At the festival, youth members will perform select art forms that derive from their ancestral heritage (e.g. ethnic dance: Filipino, Khmer, and Chinese traditional dances) as well as their urban experiences (e.g. spoken word, popular theatre, and hip hop) to express themselves to the community. This year May Arts will be an outdoor event at San Antonio Park in collaboration with Eastside Arts Alliance.
7th Annual Fist Up Film Festival, $3,000
May 6-27, 2016
Location: Various


In its 7th year, The Fist Up Film Festival (FUFF) is a free film festival promoting dialogue and inciting change through screening films from traditionally under-resourced communities. FUFF Films highlight the beauty, strengths and ingenuity of under-resourced communities. FUFF has presented films that document movements from the Philippines, Ghana, Senegal, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Israel, Palestine the United States and more. Screenings will be held at various locations in Oakland and will include artist talks to encourage deeper engagement.


Oakland Carnival: Wellness Festival & March, $10,500
June 4, 2016 noon-7p
Location: Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St, Oakland 94606
Oakland Carnival’s “Wellness Festival and March” will be held in Mosswood Park to offer public space for people to celebrate cultural expression reflective of the African/Caribbean diaspora in Oakland. This family friendly festival will feature a kids zone, food vendors, performances, and DJ’s spinning Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggae, Calypso and Soul House. The day will also include an ARTists in Action march and parade speaking to the challenges facing communities of color in light of the changing demographics of Oakland.


67 Sueños: Town Roots: Oakland is Home, $9,000
August 7, 2016
Location: Mural located at the corner of 35th & International
67 Sueños’ project “Town Roots: Oakland is Home” will engage twelve youth and one lead artist to create a mural that humanizes the struggles of those who are being systematically uprooted from their communities. As a part of the project 67 Sueños will host a community paint party, mural unveiling event, and a series of community dialogues around the instability and inequity that gentrification brings forth.


Umoja Festival, $4,000
August 20, 2016
Location: Lowell Park, 1180 14th St, West Oakland
The Umoja Festival is a day long festival that promotes a well-rounded representation of the communal African spirit and celebrates communities of the African diaspora. The festival aims to inspire mutual understanding and cultural dialogue through the celebration of music, food, art, and physical wellness.


Africa in Oakland Dance Zone, $4,200
October 8, 2016
Location: Life is Living Festival, DeFremery Park, 1601 Adeline Street, Oakland CA 94607
The “Africa in Oakland” Dance Zone at the Life is Living Festival will offer a day of free classes with live drumming and performances featuring teachers of traditional African and diasporic dance styles. “Africa in Oakland” brings the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts to the park. The event will celebrate Malonga’s teachers and residing dance companies, and the center’s cultural presence within the tapestry of the Oakland community.


East Bay Meditation Center: Honoring & Healing Our Ancestors Community Ritual, $7,000
December 3, 2016
Location: East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612
EBMC will host an ancestor healing ritual and gathering led by people of color that will include cultural offerings and traditional healing. This community event will create space for activists engaged in fighting oppression to heal in order to continue their work with dignity and wholeness.


Qilombo: The Afrikatown Cultural Revitalization Series, $14,000
Ongoing thru 2016
Location: Qilombo Community Center, 2313 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
The Qilombo Community Center’s “Afrikatown Cultural Revitalization Series” is a year long initiative focused on the Afrikatown community in West Oakland. Over the year, events will include: Sunday Meals and Decolonial Creative Writing Workshops, Our Hood Healing Clinics, Anti-Gentrification Art Gallery/Talent Show, Ohlone Talking Circles and Ceremony, and Anti-Gentrification Hip Hop Cyphers. The culminating event for the year will be an annual Anti-Gentrification Block Party in November to show the power of resistance through culture, and uplifting alternative economies and frameworks.