The City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division announced today our first poet laureate: Ayodele Nzinga. Ayodele was a part of the 2019-2020 Oakland Voices cohort. She is a playwright, poet, and community advocate. She will[Read more]
For the past year, due to COVID-19 pandemic mandates, businesses and live events were closed to the public. Some local businesses like Nomadic Press, led by Executive Director, Founder, and Oakland Arts & Cultural Affairs[Read more]
An online open mic for musicians and poets, paired with a live band, provides a safe space for artists.
Last week, the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission, along with City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas’ office, organized a virtual town hall and concert featuring Asian and Pacific Islander and Black artists in Oakland. The event[Read more]
"[Organizing] is something people dedicate hours of their lives to training to do, and then more importantly, leaders sacrifice their lives to doing it right.” - Cat Brooks
"The “He” represents a number of accused perpetrators who have been called into accountability within some Bay Area artist communities."
Growing up in East Oakland, Dre Johnson, "the violence and crimes that go on, you don't talk about. You're just not supposed to name names, you're not supposed to say shit out loud.” He says[Read more]