September 2016

Drumluck! A Celebration of Music for Resistance, BoomShake Music, $10,500

Date: December 4 2016
Location: Chapter 510, 2301 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

This fall, Boomshake teaching artists will work with groups of women and trans folks, and low-wage immigrant workers to produce a community celebration, “Drumluck!.” Over 10 weeks – via free workshops and street performances – participants will collaboratively create interactive pieces that express their communities’ struggles through percussion, song, movement, and storytelling. At “Drumluck!” workshop participants will perform and lead activities to share the skills they’ve built during the workshops with family and friends. The aim is to support marginalized communities in using culture (particularly street drumming) to respond creatively and powerfully to the threats facing Brown, Black, and queer people; immigrants; youth; and families.

Reclaiming Space, Art and Community, Brown Boi Project, $6,000

Date: December 8, 2016
Location: Oakstop, 1721 Broadway, Oakland

Brown Boi Project will host “Reclaiming Space, Art and Community” to create a space of public art, community and performance for LGBTQ people of color. This event will serve as a kick off to the launch of the first Spanish health guide for trans/GNC masculine of center folks. This event will bring together more than 20 LGBTQ artists of color. The space will include food, and conversations on building power, economic justice strategies, and efforts to keep LGBTQ people of color rooted in Oakland.


ICONIC: Black Panther, SEPIA Collective, $12,000

Date: October 15-22, 2016
Location: American Steel, 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland

ICONIC: BLACK PANTHER is a group art exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party and will be the largest-ever group art exhibit in honor of the Black Panther Party.  The exhibit will feature over 50 culturally diverse and predominantly Oakland Bay Area-based artists. In conjunction with the exhibit, SEPIA Collective will host a series of community events and discussions around Panther history and provide teaching opportunities for young people and the broader community who are unfamiliar with the historic economic, community development, and social justice history of the Panthers. The event will also engage and empower local artists of color and long-time Oakland residents.


Love Will Find A Way Music  & Spoken Word Events, TuBeNu Cultural Gatherers, $7,500

Date: November 9- December 2, 2016
Location: Various

The TuBeNu Cultural Gatherings will perform “Love Will Find A Way”, a one hour musical/spoken word presentation performed by the husband and wife team, Bryant & Zakiyyah Capehart Bolling, at four community sites across Oakland.  “Love Will Find A Way” uses music and poetry to promote positive images of love for black youth, family and community. The presentation reinforces cultural pride and love for African Ancestors. Each performance will conclude with a Each One, Teach One segment at the end of the presentation where community members can share a positive poem, rap, or song.

The Black Friday Festival, The Oakland Mind, $10,500

Date: November 25, 2016
Location: Qilombo Community Center, 2313 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Oakland Mind’s Black Friday Festival (BFF) focuses on community healing and upliftment through celebration of culture, while encouraging a boycott of the extractive, imperialist systems that have economically, physically, and spiritually oppressed communities of color. Attendees will find healing through self-expression in a Guinness World Record-Breaking cypher, modalities like Tai Chi, Reiki, Massage, guilt free shopping at the Black MarketPlace, and the positive atmosphere created by an open cultural exchange between communities of color.


Konbit-Haitian Dance Root Clinic, El Wah Movement Dance Theater, $5,000

Date: Oct 2016
Location: West Oakland Youth Center, 3233 Market Street, Oakland.

El Wah Movement Dance Theater will host a Haitian dance clinic that will culminate in a final performance which will take to the streets for Fet Gede (Haitian Day of the Dead Event). Haitian Dance is a one of the major containers of (melanated) African American people’s identity pre colonialism. Each Haitian Dance is a type of medicine. The workshops will target residents of West Oakland and the black community in Oakland.