Press Release

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 11:02am
Oakland Museum Of California Announces Events And Programs For April 2022
Programs Include Saturday Lunchtime Sessions Performances Starting April 2; A Conversation with Bay Area Potters as part of Edith Heath Exhibition, Sunday, April 3

(OAKLAND, CA) March 17, 2022Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) announces its events and programs for April 2022. OMCA’s free program series, Lunchtime Sessions: Music, Dance, and Storytelling continues each Saturday throughout the month. Visitors can grab their favorite picnic blanket, pick up lunch in OMCA’s cafe, Town Fare, and gather to delight in the joy of live performance and the creative process.

Featured artists and performers this month include UnLearn the World, hip hop artist and education director at Hip Hop for Change; multicultural creative collective and hip hop ensemble, Audiopharmacy; the Bay Area’s premier youth spoken word organization, Youth Speaks; the Berkeley Youth Orchestra; and queer, Afro-Latin hip hop duo, Krudxs Cubensi and the Black Healing Portal. Lunchtime Sessions are free and open to the public; tickets and reservations are not required. Visit museumca.org/lunchtime-sessions for details. 

Meet the inspiring local artists shaping California pottery-making today at What Does It Mean to Endure?: A Conversation with Bay Area Potters, Sunday April 3. As part of OMCA’s latest exhibition, Edith Heath: A Life in Clay, OMCA’s James Moore Theater will be the stage for a lively conversation with local ceramics makers. Moderated by Rosa Dorantes, Head of Ceramics at the Crucible, this panel features Chinzalée Sonami of Pala Ceramics in Oakland, and Viviana Matsuda of Mud Witch in San Francisco. They will share stories about their own creative practices and processes, delve into topics like identity and entrepreneurship, and reflect on the central question posed in A Life in Clay: “What does it mean to endure?” Tickets priced on a sliding scale, $1 - $20. Capacity is limited. Purchase tickets here

Please review our Safe Community Agreements in advance of your visit. 
 

SHOP THE OMCA STORE
Learning about women’s history doesn’t have to end after March. Shop the OMCA store for many great books about women artists featured in the OMCA galleries like Hung Liu, Dorothea Lange, Ruth Asawa, Jay DeFeo, and more. Find locally-made items such as artwork, jewelry, prints, and apparel, many created by women-owned businesses. The store is open during the Museum’s visitor hours, Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. 
 

COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION
As of February 1, 2022, following the Oakland City Council emergency ordinance, OMCA will require proof of vaccination for all onsite activities. This includes access to galleries and special exhibitions, programs and events in the theater, cafe, and garden. For unvaccinated individuals, a document from a licensed medical professional verifying a medical exemption and a recent negative test (within 72 hours) will also be accepted for entry to the Museum.

Adults are required to show proof of vaccination along with their photo ID; children ages 12 and older must show proof of vaccination but are not required to provide an ID. Thank you for helping protect each other and our community.

Although Alameda County will relax its mask mandate as of February 16, 2022, OMCA will maintain its existing mask policy per our Safe Community Agreements until further notice. OMCA is taking a measured approach to ensure its making the right choices for its community, while balancing the desire to return to normalcy.

Masks will continue to be required for all visitors ages two and older and OMCA staff, regardless of vaccination status, when not eating or drinking on OMCA’s campus. For more information about OMCA’s COVID-19 Health & Safety protocols, visit museumca.org/covid-health-safety

For more details on upcoming programs and events, please visit museumca.org.

 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS

FAMILY EVENTS; MUSIC EVENTS; COMMUNITY EVENTS; ART EVENTS; FOOD EVENTS

What Does It Mean to Endure? A Conversation with Bay Area Potters
Sunday, April 3
2 pm– 3:30 pm

A lively conversation with Bay Area ceramics makers as part of OMCA’s latest exhibition, Edith Heath: A Life in Clay. Moderated by Rosa Dorantes, Head of Ceramics at the Crucible, this panel features local artists Chinzalée Sonami of Pala Ceramics in Oakland, and Viviana Matsuda of Mud Witch in San Francisco. They will share stories about their own creative practices and processes, delve into intersecting topics like identity and entrepreneurship, and reflect on the central question posed in A Life in Clay: “What does it mean to endure?”  Tickets priced on a sliding scale, $1 - $20. Purchase tickets here. 

Lunchtime Sessions
Every Saturday at noon
April 9, 16, 23, 30

Visitors can bring lunch to OMCA’s free program series, Lunchtime Sessions. Held for free every Saturday starting at noon, visitors are invited to come together and delight in the joy of live performances and the creative process. Lunchtime Sessions are free and open to the public; tickets and reservations are not required. In the event of rain, this event will be canceled. Food and beverages are not included. In order to maintain safety for all guests and staff, capacity may be limited. Visit museumca.org/lunchtime-sessions for details. 


ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) tells the many stories that comprise California, creating the space and context for greater connection, trust, and understanding between people. Through its inclusive exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and cultural events, OMCA brings Californians together and inspires greater understanding about what our state's art, history, and natural surroundings teach us about ourselves and each other. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA brings together its multidisciplinary collections of art, history, and natural science with first-person accounts and often untold narratives of California, all within its 110,000 square feet of gallery space and seven-acre campus. The Museum 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 for visitors from the region, the state, and around the world.

VISITOR INFORMATION
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $16 general; $11 seniors and students with valid ID, $7 youth ages 13 to 17, and free for Members and children 12 and under. There is a $5 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions in the Great Hall. 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. An accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum. museumca.org

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