Around the Block: A Day of Neighborhood Stories

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 11 am–5 pm
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 11:00am

Go beyond the walls of the Oakland Museum of California to experience Around the Block: A Day of Neighborhood Stories. Visit five engaging pop-up projects within a three-block radius of OMCA, for one day only on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Explore dynamic and interactive events created by artists and community organizers through shared storytelling, literature, dance, art, performances, and photography.

Listen, learn, and contribute your own story to these discussions about the many important issues facing of Oakland today, including cultural legacy, gentrification, homelessness, and processing emotions around loss of life. Pick up a map at OMCA to find your way to each of the five locations and be a part of a special one-day celebration of Oakland’s culture.


Schedule of events:

Note: projects run from 11 am–5 pm. 


Somethings Last Forever: Messages to Our Future/Past - Yetunde Olagbaju / There is No Time
OMCA Oak Street Plaza, Level 3
Visitors can screen print their own posters with messages, letters, and advice to their past and future selves, and scan and print their meaningful photos to add to their letters.

11 am–5 pm Screen printing, letter writing, photo scanning


home is where: a community conversation in dance - Greacian Goeke and Kaethe Weingarten / Center for Elders Independence/Impromptu No Tutu 
Laney College Quad
Mingle and move with us at our temporary art home to explore stories of longtime Oakland residents and our own homes of the heart. Umbrella processions, post-card writing, T’ai Chi and Blues are woven into the day. An online photo exhibition in conjunction with home is where can be viewed on our Walking in Witness page.

11 am Meet at 10th & Fallon Streets for umbrella procession over to Laney College. Read and write postcards and join in creating improvised dances about home with members of Impromptu No Tutu
12-2 pm Conversations About Home/Postcards
2 pm Meet at 10th & Fallon Streets for umbrella procession over to Laney College. Read and write postcards and join in creating improvised dances about home with members of Impromptu No Tutu
3-3:30 pm Peaceful Warriors/T’ai Chi, Yang Short Form by Still Waters Practice Group 
3:30-4 pm Live Acoustic Blues Guitar and Song, Waxwing John Cowan
4–4:45 pm Meet at 10th & Fallon Streets for umbrella procession over to Laney College. Read and write postcards and join in creating an improvised closing dance with members of Impromptu No Tutu


Channeling - Emma Spertus and Johnna Arnold / Channel Arts Oakland
Lake Merritt BART Plaza
After hosting a series of free art workshops at Peralta Park this summer, Channel Arts is proud to present Channeling, a one day exhibition of 10 participatory art projects encouraging people from all backgrounds and ages to create and to celebrate the everyday places that we as a community share.

11 am-5 pm:

Infrastructure Stack - Emma Spertus
Imagination is Everything - Johnna Arnold
Re-sounding - Steven Garen
Sanctuary Print Shop - Sergio De La Torre + Chris Treggiari
Boundaries and Selves - Ymy Sfumato
BART Plaza Botanical Drawing - Anne Seeman

11:30 am-2 pm Oakland Plein Air - Paulette Nichols
11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm Experimental Blueprints - Emily Gui
1-2:30 pm Dancing with the Environment - Maggie Silverman
2:30-5 pm  Kico's Dance Sesh - Kico Le Strange


Bring on the Drums - Jahi / Microphone Mechanics and Making a Joyful Noise: Community and Belonging in Lake Merritt - Gayle “Asali” Dickson / African American Museum & Library at Oakland
OMCA Amphitheater
Explore African American histories and experiences around the contested definition of "noise" in the Lake Merritt neighborhood. There will be art, a presentation and discussion by community leaders, and a pop-up drum-making and rhythm workshop.

11 am-1 pm Drum making workshop with Jahi & Microphone Mechanics
11 am–3 pm Pop-up art display
1-2:30 pm Panel Discussion including artist, Gayle Dickson, Rev. Anthony Jenkins, Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, retired educator, Electra Price, and others, with moderator, Susan D. Anderson, AAMLO
2:30-3 pm Q&A with panelists
3 pm Drum circle with Jahi & Microphone Mechanics


Neighbors' Edge - marksearch/Youth Beat
Oakland Public Library, Main Branch 
Sidewalk interviews, spoken word performance, and a youth panel discussion highlighting the voices of Youth Beat journalists and Oakland Main Library Teen Zone Participants, focusing on change in our city.

11 am-5 pm Zine Making
12:30-1 pm Spoken word performances by the Main Library Teen Zone Participants
1:30-3 pm Youth Beat Journalists Sidewalk Interviews
2–3 pm Beat Within writing workshop
3-3:30 pm Spoken Word performance II by Main Library Teen Zone Participants
3:30-4 pm Youth Beat Journalists Sidewalk Interviews
4-5 pm Youth panel

OMCA - Around the Block Information Booth
Across from OMCA Store, Level 2

Take BART to Around the Block.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.