OMCA Blog: All Posts

  • Susan Mernit. Photo: Terry Lorant
    April 19, 2017
    Susan Mernit is co-founder of Hack the Hood, a nonprofit organization that teaches web skills to low-income youth of color in Oakland. OMCA spoke to her in 2016 about what changes she sees coming as the technology sector is pushed to diversify. Why did you co-found Hack the Hood?
  • April 12, 2017
    California has always been associated with radical transformation. Consider the dream factory of Hollywood. Game-changing social movements in Oakland like the Black Panther Party. The digital revolution initiated in Silicon Valley. The locavore food movement in Berkeley championed by Alice Waters. The visionary environmentalism of John Muir and his successors.
  • April 5, 2017
    There’s a theory—it may or may not belong to Albert Einstein—that should the planet’s bees suddenly die out, all humanity would be gone within four years.   Sound dire? It’s not unthinkable. California’s 1,600 different species of native bees represent one of the most important and fascinating links in our ecosystem. But bees’ numbers are shrinking: Climate change, pesticides, dwindling food supply, devastating parasites, and disease all contribute to their decline.
  • An OMCA Docent leads a tour for a diverse group of students. Photo: Odell Hussey Photography
    March 31, 2017
    OMCA Docents come from all walks of life, and many are retired professionals, with backgrounds in everything from teaching to medicine to business. They lead weekly tours for the public of the core galleries, and building highlights and special snack-sized tours at Friday Nights @ OMCA. One Docent, Dodie, recently shared a surprising—and heartwarming—experience she had with a group of students from a Bay Area school. 
  • Little boy and father at art activity table
    March 16, 2017
    Today, President Trump released his preliminary budget that includes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Oakland Museum of California stands strongly against these cuts and joins with other cultural institutions, and, most importantly, all Americans who value the arts and humanities.

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