About OMCA Connect

We Dream In Art

OMCA Connect

What we believe
At the Oakland Museum of California, our identity and mission of connecting communities to the cultural and environmental heritage of California, extends far beyond the Museum walls. At the heart of our mission is OMCA’s long-standing commitment to engagement and partnerships within the community. Also known as the “Museum of the people,” OMCA’s legacy of engaging in deep relationships with individuals, organizations and diverse communities has helped to shape space for a range of community voices, in a variety of programs and exhibitions.

What we do
OMCA is continuing to engage Oakland in participatory arts projects outside the museum’s walls, through OMCA Connect. OMCA Connect brings together community members, professional artists, community-based organizations, and Museum staff to create participatory arts projects in community spaces and surrounding neighborhoods. The Oakland Rover, OMCA’s “mobile museum,” is one of the many tools used.

We Dream in Art Mural Banner Project
In the summer and fall of 2013, the Oakland Rover took participatory art activities to public spaces in Oakland's San Antonio, Chinatown, Uptown and West Oakland neighborhoods. The resulting artwork and portraits is featured in a mural at OMCA along Oak Street and 12th Streets. The 'We Dream in Art' mural was unveiled on Friday, February 28! Check out the video about the project

Follow us on Facebook and @OMCAconnect on Twitter to meet up with the Oakland Rover when it’s in your neighborhood! 

Stories from our Community Storytellers
April 15, 2014 Kharyshi Wiginton: Youth Organizing at McClymonds High School Sophia Hussain
January 28, 2014 Art as togetherness: Mr. Liu's work in Oakland embraces the culture of immigration Sophia Hussain
December 26, 2013 Interview with Peps 357 (Eastside Arts Alliance) Sophia Hussain
November 5, 2013 Community is in High Demand Sophia Hussain

James Irvine Foundation

OMCA Connect is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.