About OMCA Connect

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.

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 25, 2015 Eyes on Oakland: The Role of Surveillance in Your Community Max Gibson
September 10, 2014 We Are All in the Same “Love” Gang—Poster making pop-up with Michael Wertz Max Gibson
August 23, 2014 Chinatown StreetFest Offers Culture, Evolution, and Perspective Max Gibson
August 20, 2014 Be Your Own Superhero Max Gibson
July 31, 2014 How We Heal in Oakland Sophia Hussain
July 25, 2014 West Oakland Youth Center's "Friday Night Live" Jean Melesaine
July 19, 2014 Summer's Here: A Call-and-Response Community Song Workshop Max Gibson
July 14, 2014 Learning Through Healing Max Gibson
July 7, 2014 Malcolm X Jazz Festival: Healing through celebration Sophia Hussain
July 7, 2014 BAY-Peace and Youth Together: Highlighting Oakland Young Activists Sophia Hussain
June 18, 2014 Roy Chan: Using oral history to make Asian immigrant experiences visible Sophia Hussain
June 12, 2014 The Mullins: A Story of a Family Sophia Hussain
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

OMCA Connect is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. Additional support is generously provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

James Irvine Foundation