October 2016

Honoring American Indian Social Workers, American Indian Child Resource Center, $11,000  

Date: December 3, 2016
Location: Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland

Now in its 18th year, the annual Oakland Powwow celebrates indigenous resistance. This year the Powwow will honor American Indian social workers who started as lay workers at the Intertribal Friendship House serving newly arrived young American Indian families who left their reservations in hopes of obtaining, education, job training, skills, and work in 1960’s and 1970’s as part Federal Relocation policies.  The event will also feature environmental activist/Hip Hop artist Frank Waln and poet Tanaya winder, a whose work is on the violence on American Indian women.


Day in AZANIA: A Pan-African Celebration of Freedom, The F.U.N. Manifesto, $9,500  

Date: December 31, 2016
Location: Oakstop, 1721 Broadway, Oakland

A day in AZANIA, a pan-african celebration of freedom, is an interactive community gathering, performance installation and cultural exchange featuring local musicians Jennifer Johns and Kev Choice alongside South African creatives Sabu, Keketso, King Debz and Thobekile Mbanda. The day begins with dance, cooperative collage creation, poetry writing, and a talk on the role of joy in movement building. A locally sourced dinner of South African recipes will be served and the evening will conclude with an immersive AZANIA LIVE concert experience and art installation.


Celebrating the Black Roots of American Music, Oakland Public Conservatory of Music,  $9,500  

Date: November 19 & 30, 2016
Location: West Oakland Youth Center, 3233 Market Street, Oakland

Oakland Public Conservatory will host a 2-part event series celebrating the Black roots of American music with workshops by two internationally renowned Grammy-winning ensembles. Each event offers music workshops, family style dinner and musical performance. Rhiannon Giddens & Hubert Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops (CCD) and tap dancer, Robynn Watson, of Savion Glover’s STePz will present an interactive lecture-demonstration breaking down the history, techniques, and contributions of Black string bands to American music. Members of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra will present a workshop, “The Dos and Don’ts of Playing Basie,” leading participants through understanding and correctly performing the nuances of dynamics, rhythm, tempo, and groove in the Basie style.  The aim of these events are to re-connect the black community to these American musical expressions that are rooted in early Black music expressions, history and legacy.


Elementary Genocide-Restoring Our Youth Power Film Showings, Urban Asset Protection, $7,500  

Date: November 17-18, 2016
Location: Mindseed Sound Stage, 926 85th Ave., Oakland ; Impact Hub Oakland, 1721 Broadway Oakland

It is Urban Asset Protection’s (UPA) goal to provide cultural events where people of color can gather, learn and discuss ways to heal.  UPA will host two showings and post show discussions with the filmmakers of “Elementary Genocide” for Oakland youth.  “Elementary Genocide” a documentary by Raheem Shabazz and ZaZa Ali exposes the socially engineered mechanism created by our government and utilizes the public school system to label elementary aged African American males as work for hire targets within the US penal system.  Youth serving organizational partners are-Our Kids (OK): Empowering Black Men and Boys to Transform their Community and Downtown TAY- both working with transitional age youth of color.  


Return the Disappeared Dia de los Muertos, Amor Eterno Arte, $4,500  

Date: November 2, 2016
Location: Amor Eterno Arte, 1277 18th Ave., Oakland, CA

Amor Eterno Arte, Taller Tercer Mundo (TTM) (the printmaking studio of Oakland’s Eastside Arts Alliance), and Visual Element (EastSide Arts Alliance’s public arts training program for high school youth) join community members to reclaim Dia de los Muertos from commercial degradation. The event will feature a community procession and cultural celebration.  Event will include Danza Azteca Cuauhtonalt, a gallery exhibition of linocut prints by the East Oakland artists of Taller Tercer Mundo and Visual Element, music by Bay Area’s John Santos, and food by Taquero Ruben. A highlight will be a large-scale installation by Oakland artists Chamuco Cortez and Amy George Cortez of a huge paper mache sugar skull embellished with mementos and photos of the artists’ great-grandmother. The aim of the event is to bring people together and provide healing for the stresses, trauma and loss caused by displacement, lack of housing and police/state violence and begin to clarify the steps needed to build a strong future.


The Brujas You Couldn’t Kill, Brujalyfe, $5,180

Date: November 20, 2016
Location: Alena Studios, 2725 Magnolia Street, Oakland

Brujalyfe is a movement that facilitates a dialogue about spirituality, creativity and mental health amongst women of color healers. The Brujas You Couldn’t Kill, #TBYCK, hip hop event will bring five female/LGBTQX, Black, Latina/Indigenous artists together to push back against  gentrification, and celebrated the healing power and magic of “brujas”. The movement and the event, in particular, seeks to reclaim the term “bruja” from a derogatory slur against healers to a term of self-expression, a push back against legacies of colonization, enslavement and silence.


Blackness in America Community Dinner, People’s Kitchen Collective, $7,500

Date: November 19, 2016
Location: Alena Studios, 2725 Magnolia Street, Oakland

People’s Kitchen will partner with Nigerian chef Tunde Way’s Blackness in America Dinner series being hosted across the create a dinner that centers Blackness and the Black experience in Oakland. Each course will map a trajectory of African diaspora and Black history in the United States and will be coupled with discussion prompts for guests to engage in the pressing issues and struggles of the community. The event will feature poet Marvin K. White, visual artist Karen Seneferu, and the exhibit Black Woman is God, to engage in discussion on the role of art and ritual in social change.  The project aims to create a physical space  using food, art and race to explore and celebrate the multivalence of Black identity and resilience.


African Diaspora Bazaar and Crafts Fair, Connecting Health Institute, $4,187

Date: December 18, 2016
Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland

The African Diaspora Bazaar and Crafts Fair is a grassroots event that brings together crafts artisans, culinary artists and traditional artists (song, dance, spoken word, music) to celebrate the people, art, knowledge and cultural vibrancy that has resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the world. The event now in its 4th year, was created as way to allow people of the African Diaspora to interact and build community around the commonality of trade and arts. The event seeks to create a space that recognizes that for people of African descent, migrations, dispersal and movement (forced or voluntary) have always been significant, but that within these shifts; transformations, community connectedness, creative reinventions and cultural resiliency have been the result.


Restorative Justice Week, Community Works West, $2,500

Date:  Week of Nov 14 2016
Location: Various

A consortium of local restorative justice agencies and practitioners will host a series of events to celebrate Oakland Restorative Justice Week. During the week of November 14, these agencies will host trainings, workshops, performances, and art activities that highlight the use of restorative justice as a method for addressing harm. Partnering organizations include: Community Works West, North Oakland Restorative Justice Council (NORJC), Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) and Impact Justice.