Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid | West Oakland Mural Project; DJ Monk Earl
February 3 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us and the West Oakland Mural Project for a live community mural painting project at OMCA.
5 – 8 pm – Off the Grid Service (10th Street)
6 – 8 pm – Music by DJ Monk Earl (Amphitheater)
5:30 – 8 pm – Live community mural painting project led by West Oakland Mural Project (Koret Plaza/Koi Pond, Lower Level)
Gather at OMCA to celebrate Black History Month and the Women of the Black Panther Party through communal art. Led by the West Oakland Mural Project (WOMP), join us for a live community mural painting project starting at 5:30 pm. Supplies will be provided – all you need to do is show up! Enjoy this activity, plus stick around for talks with the founder and curator of WOMP, Jilchistina Vest, and Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith, the artist behind the “Women of the Black Panther Party” mural located in West Oakland. This activity will take place outdoors in Koret Plaza by the koi pond, so warm clothes are recommended.
DJ Monk Earl will be playing in the Amphitheater from 6 to 8 pm.
About the West Oakland Mural Project
The West Oakland Mural Project (WOMP) celebrates the Black women who dedicated their lives to the fight for freedom, and with love as a guide, served the people, body and soul. It is also a tool for teaching, community building and healing. People of all colors, ethnicities, genders, and ages have been brought to tears upon arrival while taking photos and videos, speaking to the homeowner and neighbors, and reading the names of the women. The mural has quickly become a powerful centerpiece of this community, a destination for meeting, gathering, remembering, and looking forward with hope and determination to advance the women’s legacy.
WOMP honors The Black woman As God. It reminds us the Black woman is to be celebrated. An art piece so unapologetically huge, one can’t look at it without looking up to Black women. Stand in front of the women and feel the power and the love.
About Jilchristina Vest
Jilchristina Vest was born and raised in Chicago. In 1986, at 19, she moved to San Francisco. In 2000, after earning degrees in Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and Education from SFSU and USF, she bought a historic Victorian in West Oakland, CA, known for its rich history of activism and legacy of the Black Panther Party. During COVID, she founded, produced, and curated the West Oakland Mural Project, a community-based art and history project that gave birth to the 2000 sqft “Women of the Black Panther Party” Mural on the side of her home and the Mini Museum @ the Mural on the first floor. Jil is a known Kindness Queen. Joy Junkie. Justice Warrior and a Fierce Activist.
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.
About Friday Nights:
Reconnect with family, friends, and community at OMCA every Friday night. These free events provide a gathering place to come together each week, including live music, hands-on activities, and Off the Grid food trucks. Take advantage of late-night access to our galleries and special exhibitions with a Museum ticket.
Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid is proudly supported by Bank of America.