OMCA Blog: Oakland Says

  • April 12, 2017
    California has always been associated with radical transformation. Consider the dream factory of Hollywood. Game-changing social movements in Oakland like the Black Panther Party. The digital revolution initiated in Silicon Valley. The locavore food movement in Berkeley championed by Alice Waters. The visionary environmentalism of John Muir and his successors.
  • An OMCA Docent leads a tour for a diverse group of students. Photo: Odell Hussey Photography
    March 31, 2017
    OMCA Docents come from all walks of life, and many are retired professionals, with backgrounds in everything from teaching to medicine to business. They lead weekly tours for the public of the core galleries, and building highlights and special snack-sized tours at Friday Nights @ OMCA. One Docent, Dodie, recently shared a surprising—and heartwarming—experience she had with a group of students from a Bay Area school. 
  • Little boy and father at art activity table
    March 16, 2017
    Today, President Trump released his preliminary budget that includes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Oakland Museum of California stands strongly against these cuts and joins with other cultural institutions, and, most importantly, all Americans who value the arts and humanities.
  • W.S. King and Conwell Graphic Companies, Lest They Parish, circa 1915. Poster, 18.5 x 12.375 in. Collection of the Oakland Museum of California, Gift of American Committee for relief in the near east.
    December 18, 2016
    History, of course, is not just what is written in textbooks; it is ever-present and ever-evolving, as visitors are experiencing firsthand in a dynamic section of the Gallery of California History at the Oakland Museum of California. With the title “History Now,” this space invites visitors to make connections between past and present issues and respond to thought-provoking questions.
  • Alex Frantz Ghassan sitting in exhibition Oakland, I want you to know... Photo by Forrealism.com
    December 7, 2016
    "Oakland, I want you to know I am honored you allowed my lens to capture your story.” —Alex Frantz Ghassan

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