Archiving Gold: Everyday People in Oakland Storytelling Our History (Part II)
June 11 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$1–30, sliding scale
What would you want future generations to know about life in Oakland today? Come narrate your own history at OMCA!
Archiving Gold is a two-part program presented in collaboration with Gold Beams and the Oakland Public Library History Center inviting everyday people to narrate and archive their own history of Oakland for future generations. You’re invited to participate in either or both parts of this engaging two-part program.
Part one is integrated into our popular Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid. Bring an object, a photo, a writing or just share a story that symbolizes your culture and wisdom as you experience it right now in Oakland. Gold Beams photographer Dorean Raye will photograph your object and develop a digital archive of the stories in a portal on the Gold Beams website and the Oakland Public Library History Center will produce a printed version for their shelves that will live on for generations to come.
This Sunday Public Program will offer a deeper dive into the practices of community partners who are doing the work of holding and shaping Oakland culture and history. We will showcase a visual display of the digital archive produced from the Friday Night event.
The panel will include Tayleur Crenshaw Founder and Co-owner of Gold Beams, Elisha Greenwell, Founder & CEO of the Black Joy Parade, Carolyn Johnson, CEO of Black Cultural Zone Community Development Corporation, Sheilby Macena, photographer whose work focuses on intimacy and personal histories that document the past and honor the present and Travis Watts, Founder and ED at Afrocentric Oakland and Oakland Juneteenth Festival. The conversation will be moderated by Kiersten Chresfield.
After the discussion we invite visitors to join us to continue the conversation at the black woman and Howard University alumni-owned OMCA’s Town Fare by Chef Michele McQueen. Come taste the hearty and delicious brunch menu and sip on the special edition “Archiving Gold” signature mimosa (regular menu prices apply).
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to providing programs that are accessible, welcoming, and inclusive of our community. Assistive listening devices and wheelchairs are available for checkout on a first come, first served basis at the Ticketing Desk. To request other accommodations, like American Sign Language (ASL), Cantonese, Spanish or another language interpreter, please email [email protected] at least three weeks before the event.