OMCA Blog: Oakland Says

  • Tommy Shepard and Kaitlyn McGraw of Alphabet Rockers dancing on stage at the Oakland Museum of California
    April 16, 2018
    As a long-time Friday Nights @ OMCA favorite, Oakland’s Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers hold a special place in our heart. Kaitlin McGraw and Tommy Shepherd, Jr. of the Hip-Hop group have been performing their moving, uplifting music since 2008. Come check them out on Friday, April 20, during our Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party at 5:30 pm! 
  • The dancer Traci Bartlow mid-movement on stage wearing a shirt with a heart
    March 27, 2018
    Many people think that Hip-Hop may have begun in the Bronx, but the Bay adapted the culture on its own terms—thanks to innovators who changed the game by crafting unique beats, inspired rhymes, and fresh dance moves. Here are three local luminaries who were instrumental in shaping the region’s Hip-Hop scene and who helped OMCA develop its new exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom. THE DOCUMENTARIAN
  • Ayanna Reed, Director of Human Resources at the Oakland Museum of California
    February 2, 2018
    One summer during my college years I interned for the Port of Oakland, one of largest shipping ports in the country. I was a business student at the time and the internship gave me a fascinating opportunity for on-the-job training. The internship turned out to be a great, low-stakes introduction to navigating office politics and learning more of the emotional intelligence and soft skills I would need later in my professional career.
  • Still from i gave myself space to go back...pt II (2016), courtesy of Yetunde Olagbaju
    February 2, 2018
    Have you ever wanted to travel back—or forward—in time? Oakland-based artist Yetunde Olagbaju gets it, and she finds her own way to do just that. In her multidisciplinary creative practice, she explores the notion of visiting past selves and ancestors, among other compelling topics. Her ethereal and enigmatic video i gave myself space to go back...pt II (2016) is on view through March 4, 2018, in the Oakland Museum of California’s Gallery of California Art. 
  • Portrait of intern Austen Wianecki posed with text "Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing."
    February 1, 2018
    As a Museum Studies graduate student and East Bay resident, landing an internship at the Oakland Museum of California was really a dream come true. From July to August 2017, I was the Evaluation and Visitor Insights intern, working specifically on the 2017 exhibition Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing.

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