OMCA Blog: All Posts

  • Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro, in Redwood Regional Park. Photo: Terry Lorant
    September 13, 2016
    From its ethnic makeup to its natural landscape, Oakland's story is constantly evolving. That’s why, according to Rue Mapp, Oakland needs organizations that can bring people together in the places they call home. Mapp’s nonprofit, Outdoor Afro, uses volunteers and social media to organize outdoor excursions for a nationwide network of members. OMCA recently partnered with Outdoor Afro to integrate outdoor experiences with the Museum's valuable natural sciences resources.
  • A young girl looks through binoculars
    September 13, 2016
    Pigeons, robins, and finches are certainly no strangers to city dwellers. But when talk turns to bird conservation, most of the attention tends to be paid to the more exotic—or at least less common—avian species than to our own urban neighbors.  
  • Poster with text that says 1849 proposals for the state of California
    September 9, 2016
    Every year, September 9 marks Admission Day in California. It’s the anniversary of when, on September 9, 1850, at the height of the Gold Rush, California became a state. But becoming a state meant some important questions needed to be answered: what would California look like? How big would it be?
  • Cannabis plants on loan from Dark Heart Nursery during a maintenance day in the exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in California
    August 24, 2016
    The staff at the Oakland Museum of California is often faced with unprecedented questions, but never before have they been asked to install a live cannabis plant inside a gallery. One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of putting together special exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in Californiawas figuring out how to do it right from a legal, logistical, and horticultural standpoint. Enter Dan Grace, the President and Co-founder of Dark Heart Nursery.
  • A Guatemalan kite of remembrance created by Jamie Treacy's student Diamond in honor of her grandmother, Rose
    August 15, 2016
    Jamie Treacy is an art teacher who has been bringing students to the Oakland Museum of California for years, including sharing student art work for our Días de los Muertos exhibitions. We sat down with him over the summer to talk about how he hopes to encourage students to pursue careers in the arts and how art can be a part of the healing process.

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