Press Release

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 5:04pm
Oakland Museum of California Announces Events & Programs For November & December, 2016
Shop the 3rd Annual Indian Market at OMCA, Celebrate Diwali, and Enjoy Extended Holiday Hours

(OAKLAND, CA)—With fall in full swing and the holidays around the corner, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is gearing up for a season of celebrations in November and December. Programs and events range from family-friendly traditions honoring the Bay Area’s diverse communities to extended holiday hours at the Museum, meaning more time to enjoy special exhibitions, galleries, and shopping holiday sales.

Experience intimate seasonal Friday Nights @ OMCA as the program enters the winter season. The extremely popular weekly event continues to thrive with exhibition-themed activities such as poster-making inspired by special exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, as well as the Makers & Tasters series including holiday activities like cookie decorating demonstrations and ornament making. Every Friday from 5–9 pm, take advantage of half-price admission to view OMCA’s galleries and exhibitions.

The 3rd Annual Indian Market at Oakland Museum of California will be held on November 4 and 5, featuring jewelry, baskets, prints, and other modern interpretations of Indian artistry. For more information, visit museumca.org.

CALENDAR EDITOR PLEASE LIST:
FAMILY EVENTS; COMMUNITY EVENTS; ART EVENTS; FOOD EVENTS

Friday Nights @ OMCA
Every Friday, 5–9 pm
November 4, 11, 18, and 25
December 2, 9, 16, and 23  
Enjoy the best street market in the Bay with OMCA and Off the Grid! Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. The event includes half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!

3rd Annual Indian Market at Oakland Museum of California
Friday, November 4, 2016, 3–9 pm
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10 am–4 pm
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month—and just in time for the holidays—shop the third annual Indian Market at OMCA featuring jewelry, baskets, prints, and other modern interpretations of Indian artistry. Find exquisite creations to share with your loved ones, and meet and support artisans from the California Indian community. Included with Museum admission. On Friday after 5 pm, enjoy the market and half-off Museum admission during Friday Nights @ OMCA, featuring Off the Grid food trucks, live music, family activities, and more. Presented in partnership with News from Native California.

First Sundays @ OMCA
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 10 am–6pm
Check out the Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences. See the new exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, exploring the lasting legacy of this revolutionary, Oakland-based group. The whole family will love Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Check out the Architecture Tour at 1 pm, and the California History Tour at 1 pm. Pick up a treat for yourself or a loved one in the OMCA Store. Enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café. Suggested donation: $5 per person. Your contribution helps us provide access to others. 

Tour | Architecture of the Museum
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1 pm
Experience OMCA’s remarkable mid-century modernist landmark building with the guidance of the Museum’s expert members of the Council on Architecture. This tour shares with you just a few of the highlights of the incredible building, from views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland from atop a three-tiered roof garden to the serene Koi Pond, and a truly Californian indoor/outdoor design that still delights and attracts visitors today. Designed in 1969 by Kevin Roche, with landscaping by Dan Kiley, the Museum recently completed a major renovation and expansion project overseen by San Francisco-based firm Mark Cavagnero Associates, which honors Roche and Kiley’s original vision of a vibrant urban park and public space. Free as a part of First Sundays @ OMCA. Meet in front of the Ticketing Desk on Level 2.

OMCA Family | Celebrate Diwali—Festival of Lights
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 1–4 pm
Celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Watch and participate in folk dance by Sahiyar Dance Troupe and enjoy a South Asian a cappella music performance by Stanford Raagapella! Join the author of Lights, Camera, Diwali, Dr. Amita Roy Shah, for a special story time at 2 pm where she will read and autograph her new book. Enjoy a demonstration of diya making on a potter’s wheel, get a henna tattoo on your hand, color rangoli designs, and create your own clay lamp to take home. This program is presented in partnership with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Included with Museum admission. Admission for Members is always freeNo reservations necessary. All ages welcome.

OMCA Store Member Sale
Friday, December 2–Sunday, December 4, 2016
Take advantage of a great OMCA Membership benefit at this three-day sale. OMCA Members receive an additional 10% in the OMCA Store, for a total of 20% on regularly priced items. Shop early for the best selection! Pick up an artisanal gift for the holidays, a locally made piece of decor or tableware for your home, or a new book inspired by Art, History, or Science to freshen your shelves for the new year. Members only.

First Sundays @ OMCA | December 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 10 am–6 pm
Visit major exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50. Don’t miss family-friendly exhibition Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Check out the Architecture Tour at 1 pm, and the California History Tour at 1 pm. Pick up a treat for yourself or a loved one in the OMCA Store. Enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café. Suggested donation: $5 per person. Your contribution helps us provide access to others. 

Tour | Architecture of the Museum
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1 pm
Experience OMCA’s remarkable mid-century modernist landmark building with the guidance of the Museum’s expert members of the Council on Architecture. Built in 1969 with a design by Kevin Roche, and landscaping by Dan Kiley, the Museum recently completed a major renovation and expansion project overseen by San Francisco-based firm Mark Cavagnero Associates, which honors Roche and Kiley’s original vision of a vibrant urban park and public space. This tour shares with you just a few of the highlights of the incredible building, from views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland from atop a three-tiered roof garden to the serene Koi Pond, and a truly Californian indoor/outdoor design that still delights and attracts visitors today. Free as a part of First Sundays @ OMCA. Meet in front of the Ticketing Desk on Level 2.

Special Holiday Hours
Friday, December 23, 2016, 11 am–9 pm
Saturday, December 24, 2016, 10 am–3 pm
Monday, December 26, 2016, 11 am–5 pm
Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 11 am–5 pm
Friday, December 30, 2016, 11 am–9 pm
Saturday, December 31, 2016, 10 am–3 pm
While everyone’s on vacation, enjoy the Museum for the holidays! OMCA stays open extra days this holiday season, so you can take advantage of all that the Museum has to offer. Visit major special exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 and the just-opened Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture. Don’t miss family-friendly exhibition Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Enjoy the view of Lake Merritt from the gardens and grab a bite at Blue Oak café.

ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHTS @ OMCA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights @ OMCA, a regular evening series every Friday from 5 to 9 pm, in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA—the first major food truck market in the East Bay. Friday Nights @ OMCA features extended Museum hours, in-gallery programming, a beer garden from Blue Oak café, live music, dancing, hands-on family activities, and more. Gallery admission is half-off for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Event parking in the Museum garage is $5. Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Koret Foundation. museumca.org/friday-nights-omca

ABOUT OMCA FAMILY
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to being a welcoming and lively place for multi-generational Bay Area families to visit, learn, and engage through OMCA Family, with art activities, storytelling, and hands-on, drop-in projects throughout the Museum. OMCA’s other family-friendly offerings include free Family Guides to the Galleries available at ticketing desks, free activity Books & Blankets available for check-out anytime the Museum is open, and three large annual festivals: Lunar New Year in February, the Summer Reading Celebration in August with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead Celebration in October. Free admission for children provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Lunar New Year Community Celebration is made possible in part by generous support from Macy’s and the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. museumca.org/family

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California's cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

VISITOR INFORMATION
Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under and Members. OMCA offers onsite underground parking, with validation for Museum visitors, and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. Regular hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm Fridays. museumca.org

 

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