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Oakland Museum of California Presents Ziggurat, an Innovative Fundraiser that Captures the Spirit of Oakland in Food, Style, Music, Film, and Art

(Oakland, CA)—Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will present Ziggurat, a uniquely Oakland fundraising event highlighting Oakland food, style, music, a film premiere, art, and community all in support of OMCA Saturday, June 4, beginning at 6 pm in the Museum and gardens. Building up to the June 4 party, an exclusive tour of works by legendary Bay Area artist Ruth Asawa and a family “build your own ziggurat” event at OMCA will ramp up the excitement and fun. For more information, visit and for an invitation, contact [email protected] or call 510-318-8502.

Ziggurat features a garden cocktail reception beginning at 6 pm with performances by SambaFunk!, a 7 pm dinner in the Great Hall, music by DJ Russell E.L. Butler, access to OMCA exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in California; a live auction and fund-a-need and more. The 9 pm After Party features the world premiere of a new short film by YAKfilms featuring a uniquely Oakland art style, special guests, award-winning DJ J. Espinosa, cocktails, and dancing. Fancy, Oakland-inspired style attire is encouraged. Tickets for Ziggurat are priced $125-$1,000 with full evening and Party/After Party options and lounge/table sponsorships beginning at $5,000. Ziggurat supports the Museum’s innovative programs that impact more than 320,000 children, families, and adults each year.

Build Up to the Big Party
Leading up to the Saturday, June 4 Ziggurat event will be two additional program opportunities to celebrate Oakland and support the Museum.

Build Your Own Ziggurat Saturday, May 21, from 1 to 4 pm, families can take creative play to the next level by building their own ziggurat in the OMCA gardens. Families will come together and partner with OMCA’s professional exhibitions team to use construction tools and materials as they rotate through different hands-on building stations to add a personal touch to a 12-foot high, walk-in ziggurat sculpture. Tickets are priced $100 per adult + one child and $40 for each additional family member. For tickets, visit

It’s Material Sunday, May 22, 10 am to 5 pm, will explore the genius, legacy, and art of legendary Oakland artist Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), who fused techniques of fiber art and metal sculpture into dynamic, signature forms. The day-long event will feature visits to exclusive destinations including the OMCA private collections facility and the artists’ private family home. Asawa’s granddaughter, artist Lilli Lanier, will lead the tour with artists and scholars Mark Johnson and Carin Adams joining in along the way. Each stop will provide an intimate look at the artist’s novel methods, connections to community, and international influence. Tickets are $350, visit

 “We were inspired by the architecture of our building, and that like an ancient ziggurat, OMCA is the heart of the city and the keeper of culture and history,” says Ziggurat Event Chair Rachelle K. Sessions. “Ziggurat will be the must-do party this spring—it’s much more than just another sit-down dinner gala.”

Ziggurat Honorary Chair is Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and the Ziggurat Event Chair is Rachelle K. Sessions. The Events Committee includes Rachel Benham, Mary Corley, Valerie Corvin, Sheila Duignan, Karen Eichler, Laurie Johnson, Yvonne S. McCredie, Jennifer Walker, Sandra N. Wolfe, Penelope Wong, and Carina Wong. The Corporate Committee includes Mary Corley, BRIDGE Housing; Karen Eichler, Karen Eichler Fine Art; Silvia Fernandez, First Republic Bank; Joy Jacobs, Deloitte LLP; Tim Johnson, UPRAISE; Ibi Krukrubo, Ernst & Young; Estrella Parker, Satellite Healthcare; Rachelle K. Sessions, RKS Interiors; Mark Slater, Wells Fargo; Hilliard C. Terry, III, Textainer; and Ann Thompson, Bank of America.

Ziggurat Sponsors

Sustainers: Bank of America, Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan; Benefactors: Peter Pervere and Georgia Cassel, Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan; Directors: Clars Auction Gallery, Karen and David Eichler, Ernst & Young LLP, Kaiser Permanente, First Republic Bank, Hanson Bridgett LLP, H+L Partners, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Satellite Healthcare, Rachelle and Andrew Sessions, Penelope Wong and Tim Kochis; Patrons: Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Agency company; Derek and Rachel Benham, Susan and Steve Chamberlin, Matson, Union Bank, Wells Fargo Bank; Supporters: Andrea Alfano and Charles Freiburg, William Anderson and Ronald Clancy, Jeff and Karen Banks, Raquel Baldocchi and Alexander Reyes, Jeff and Karen Banks, Jim and Deborah Castles, Cahill Contractors, Clif Bar & Company, Scott and Valerie Corvin, Deloitte LLP, Claire and Vincent Faughnan, Joy Fauvre and Greg Coplans, Rachelle and Michael Hebrard, Rudlandra Hodges and Delvin Washington, Arthur and Jody Hoffman, Beth and Joe Hurwich, Liz Isono, Diana Larson, Anita Martinez and Ray Marshall, Ojo Technology, Inc., Eddie and Amy Orton, Albert and Pam Palitz, Straty and Mary Lou Righellis, Katherine McKenney Shea and James Shea, Jean Simpson, Robert and Ann Spears, Robert and Linda Spencer, Peter Rossi, Stifel Nicolaus & Co., Suffolk Construction, Mindy Sun, Dirk ten Grotenhuis and Lisa Fuller, Townsend Public Affairs, Shelby Putnam Tupper and Erich Tupper, Jennifer Walker and Michael Keenan, Kathleen Welsh and Bill Plautz, Dina Wolkoff and Galen Hoskin, Carina Wong and David Chai, Frank and Lesley Yeary; Official Spirits Sponsor: St. George Spirits; Official Wine Sponsors: Calista Wines, Raeburn Winery; Official Beer Sponsor: Lagunitas Brewing Company; Valet parking generously provided by Douglas Parking.


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.   


The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. OMCA offers onsite underground parking 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 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum.