OMCA Blog: All Posts

  • 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
  • A b-boy dancing on a floor painted with a mandala. Still from video Sanford Biggers, Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II, 2000 featured in RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style and Wisdom at the Oakland Museum of California.
    March 13, 2018
    As the exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom (opening March 24, 2018) proves, Hip-Hop is more than just music—it’s a cultural movement with far-reaching effects and influences. So RESPECT wouldn’t be true to the spirit of Hip-Hop if the exhibition didn’t allow visitors to engage with Hip-Hop’s many aspects.
  • Fresh tomatoes and greens from City Slicker Farms in West Oakland.
    March 2, 2018
    Inspired by our exhibition in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences, Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, we asked Associate Home and Garden Editor, Mike Irvine, of Sunset magazine for tips on growing your own food—no matter how small your space it. Test Your Soil
  • 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.

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