OMCA Blog: Oakland Says

  • Bay Area artist Favianna Rodriguez painting Monarch Butterflies
    September 20, 2017
    Dear OMCA Friends and Supporters: Over the past year, the Oakland Museum of California has explored and highlighted art created to inspire social change—from Emory Douglas’ bold graphics for the Black Panther Party newspapers to Dorothea Lange’s heartrending photographs of the Japanese-American internment camps. In the coming year, we will have the joy of experiencing art made to transform, uplift, and connect—and to impact social change at the same time.
  • James Baldwin quote on the chalkboard at the Oakland Museum of California
    August 28, 2017
    This morning, we walked into the Oak Street Plaza after a turbulent weekend in the Bay Area, and an especially busy weekend at the Museum, to find a rainbow of chalk colors and a vibrant spectrum of words from our community.
  • Manzanar Internment Camp photographed by Dorothea Lange
    July 28, 2017
    A few days ago, the Oakland Museum of California was alerted to a very unfortunate incident experienced by a visiting group of artists to the exhibition, Dorothea Lange: The Politics of Seeing. One of the visitors is Japanese American, and she described in a poignant blog post her experience of inappropriate and bigoted comments from a volunteer docent who conducted the tour of the exhibition. 
  • Kris Hayashi. Photo: Terry Lorant
    June 5, 2017
    Kris Hayashi is the executive director of the Transgender Law Center, a national organization headquartered in Oakland. OMCA spoke to him in 2016 about the current state of affairs for transgender people in California is, and what changes are still needed. Are attitudes toward the transgender community changing in California?
  • Daniel Swain. Photo: Terry Lorant
    May 18, 2017
    Daniel Swain is a climate scientist in Stanford University's Department of Earth System Science and author of the California Weather Blog. OMCA spoke to him in 2016 about what Californians can expect from our climate in the future. Is drought the new normal for California?

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