OMCA Blog: Oakland Says

  • 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 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.
  • Oakland Public Library selections from a Books & Blankets bag at the Oakland Museum of California
    July 29, 2016
    There’s a special synergy between the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library with a more-than-decade-old partnership on the Summer Reading Program and Celebration, and a newer partnership called Books & Blankets, which offers families a free way to read together in the Gardens. Oakland librarian Amy Martin shares her ways to keep kids engaged over summer break.

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