May 2016

AfroCentric Oakland, Pan African Family Reunion, $12,000

Date: September 25, 2016
Location: Mosswood Park, W MacArthur Boulevard between Webster Street and Broadway, Oakland

The Pan African Family Reunion (PAFR) is a prominent celebration for Black/African continental and Diasporic communities in the Bay. In it’s sixth year, the event seeks to bring together Black/African peoples to publicly celebrate collective memory, shared histories and shared destinies through music, dance and food. Within the context of displacement of African American community from Oakland, PAFR, acts as a magnet for communities to come (back) to Oakland in celebration and unity.


Xicana Moratorium Coalition, Xicana Moratorium Day, $5,000

Date: August, 28 2016
Location: San Antonio Park, 1698 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, California 94606

Xicana Moratorium Day (XMD) is a community festival organized with the purpose of honoring a history of resistance and oppression within Raza communities and uplifting art and culture as tools for liberation. This event uplifts native spirituality and Chicanx culture. The day will begin with a traditional sunrise ceremony followed by Aztec dancers who will set the stage for a day of cultural performances by local community artists.


Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Film Screening of Breathin’ and Mele Murals, $7,500

Date: October 15, 2016
Location: New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland

Asian Prisoner Support Committee will host a community film screening of two documentary films, Breathin’: the Eddy Zheng Story and Mele Murals. This screening will include a post-screening discussion on the transformative power of culture and art, including a cross dialogue between filmmakers, film subjects, and community members. The event will also include statements from San Quentin prisoners, who viewed the films at previous screenings. Additional screenings will also occur at Oakland high school classrooms.


Omnira Institute, 3rd Annual Black-Eyed Pea Festival, $7,500

Date: August 8, 2016
Location: Mosswood Park, W MacArthur Boulevard between Webster Street and Broadway, Oakland

The Black-Eyed Pea is a symbol of nourishment and luck to African Americans. As the black population dwindles in Oakland, the goal of the Black-Eyed Pea Festival is to make visible positive African American traditional values, resilience and creativity, while also reminding/informing residents of an historic presence that made Oakland a black cultural mecca. Event will include performances by Dimensions Dance Theater, Linda Tillery’s Cultural Heritage Choir and MJ’s Brass Boppers. Visual artists highlighted include Malik Seneferu and Karin Turner, and dollmaker Lyn Rockwell.


BH Brilliant Minds Project, Inc., 9th Annual Juneteenth Festival, $7,500

Date: June 25, 2016
Location: 925 Brockhurst Street, Oakland, CA

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the declaration of the end of de jure slavery to the enslaved Africans in Texas. In its ninth annual year, Oakland’s Juneteenth’s goals are to commemorate this day, and to highlight the continued struggle to end the oppressions resulting from slavery. This year’s theme is, “Celebrating the Brilliant Minds of Past, Present and Future. The day will include historical speakers, space for elder storytelling, ancestry testings, artist and musical performances, vendors, health screenings, and a Kids Zone. A key part of the day will be an awards ceremony, in which organizations and individuals who have valiantly fought for the Black community are honored.


Galeria de Raza, Encuentro de Soneros con Los Vega de Veracruz,  $10,500

Date: Every Sunday in July 2016
Location: Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave. Oakland CA

Encuentro de Son Jarocho is a month long series of events that offer a deeper understanding of Son Jarocho from the native practitioners and tradition bearers, Los Vega from Tlacotalpan, Veracruz México. The project’s activities include:  workshops on jarana (traditional string instrument) led by Claudio Vega; and zapateado (traditional dance) led by Esther Cruz; a fandango (improvised jam session with community) with visiting artists: Diego Lira (Los Angeles) and Dominique Garcia (Sacramento); a dialogue with Alvaro Alcántara López (Mexico City), author of Dijera mi Boca, which offers a visual and narrative history of Son Jarocho traditions; and a culminating performance featuring internationally acclaimed, Los Vega (Veracruz, Mx).


Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company, RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival Opening Night, $5,000

Date: July 22, 2016
Location: Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

 RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival opening night will feature dance and musical performances by Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company. The evening will also include a report back and documentary film highlighting a two week cultural exchange trip “From the Bay to Haiti 2016” to spur discussion related to cultural exchange and community building. Another unique element of this year’s opening event will be a showing of Ginen Creations, an Afro-Caribbean accessories and clothing line inspired by African and Haitian fashion and culture. “Ginen” is a saying used by Haitians reminding themselves that their roots are from Africa.


Taller Bombalele, De Santurce a la Bahía, La Bomba es Vida!, $10,500

Date: June and July 2016
Location: Various Locations

Taller Bombalele’s (TB) goal is to increase the artistic capacity, expertise and understanding of the Bomba tradition to audiences in Oakland and throughout the Bay Area. “De Santurce a la Bahía, La Bomba es Vida!” is a two month series of events celebrating the Bomba tradition. The project will host Jesus Manuel Cepeda (master drummer) for a 6 week artist-in-residency in Oakland and will crescendo with an additional 9 members of the Cepeda family joining for concerts and workshops in July 2016. As part of the festival TB will host two free community Bombazos and free workshops in dance and music at community spaces across Oakland.


Youth Together, Unity Days, $4,000

Date: Sept 23 and Sept 30, 2016
Location: Castlemont High School & Skyline High School

Youth Together’s Art Based Summer Bridge Program for 9th Graders transitioning into Castlemont and Skyline High Schools culminates with two Unity Days, one on each campus. The goal of Summer Bridge is to reduce school push-out/dropout rates for students of color by using the arts to help acclimating incoming 9th graders to school campuses, high school graduation requirements, school culture, and school engagement opportunities. With the guidance of Teaching Artists, students will create art projects based on the week’s political theme to be presented at Unity Days. Unity Days create cross-cultural dialogue in multi-racial schools by providing student led workshops in art, ethnic studies and political education, student performances, and guest artist exhibitions.


Amy LaCour/Social Good Fund, Any Place But Here: A Song Cycle in 13 Poems, $5,000

Date: November 19 and 20, 2016
Location: The Flight Deck, 540 Broadway, Oakland, 94612

“Any Place But Here: A Song Cycle in 13 Poems” is a song cycle by Amy LaCour that tells the story of a fictional African American man migrating from the South during the years of the Great Migration, a 60-year span (1910-1970) during which some 6 million African Americans moved out of the South toward Northern and Western cities. This work uses a specific period in American history as a lens through which we may view our current relationship to race and equity. Current gentrification, continued wage stagnation, and rising housing costs are collectively displacing populations who have lived in cities for generations. This song cycle will offer a historical perspective and a platform for addressing current challenges facing the African American community. “Any Place But Here” will be shared through live performance that integrates music, video installation, and dance, with the intention of moving audiences to action.