Press Release

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 4:26pm
Oakland Museum of California Announces Events and Programs for June 2022
Pride Month Highlighted at Friday Nights at OMCA Starting June 3; Juneteenth Black History Gallery Talk and Musical Performance, June 17

(OAKLAND, CA) May 19, 2022Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) announces its events and programs for June 2022. Visitors are invited to reconnect and celebrate Juneteenth and Pride throughout the month starting June 3 at Friday Nights at OMCA. Featured during the month will be DJ Emancipation and Aïma the Dreamer of musical collective Soulovely, a Black California history talk, and performance by BD Express commemorating Juneteenth, and a specially curated evening of spoken word, dance, music and healing by Kin Folkz and the East Bay Queer Arts Center. Friday Nights at OMCA also features the popular partnership with Off the Grid food (OTG) trucks on 10th Street every Friday from 5 to 9 pm. A complete list of June programs can be found below. For more details, visit museumca.org/friday-nights.

OMCA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

Friday Nights at OMCA Programming

Every Friday starting June 3, 5 pm - 9 pm

Join us for Friday Nights at OMCA in partnership with Off the Grid (OTG). Reconnect with family, friends and community at OMCA over delicious local eats by OTG Creators, and exciting, new Museum offerings. Inspired by the community’s stories of resilience and reconnection over the past two years, Friday Nights at OMCA has been reimagined as a more intimate experience where visitors can break bread and enjoy weekly programming that dives deeper into themes that drive OMCA’s mission like community, belonging, and connection.

OTG Creator Lineup

Señor Sisig, 3-3-3 Truck, Curry Up Now, Golden Gate Gyro, Humphrey Slocombe, Kabob Trolley, Curveball Sliders, S&K Wings, Cool!naria, Caribbean Spices, Johnny Doughnuts, Southern Comfort Kitchen, Wokitchen, and more.

Friday, June 3, 5 pm

Clay and Nature Inspired Prints

Join our museum educators for a hands-on MAKE session in the garden! Sculpt your own mini dinnerware at the 'EARTH-enware Table', inspired by Edith Heath: A Life in Clay. Or make your mark at the 'NATURE Prints Table' with natural shapes and textures, inspired by OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace. OMCA supplies the materials, you supply the creativity! While supplies last.

DJ Emancipation with Aïma the Dreamer of Soulovely

Take a musical journey through Africa and beyond, led by DJ Emancipation and MC Aïma the Dreamer of Soulovely, a collective of powerful queer women of African descent who showcase women djs and queer djs from the Bay Area and have been throwing Oakland’s favorite daytime dance party since 2011. 

Friday, June 10, 5 pm

Cabanijazz Project

CABANIJAZZ PROJECT is an exuberant fusion of Latin Jazz harmonies and Afro-Caribbean dance music led by GRAMMY® award-winning composer & conga player, Javier Cabanillas.  This eight piece band adds an injection of vitality and coolness to contemporary tropical music, perfect for both the growing listening and dance audiences.

Friday, June 17, 5 pm

Juneteenth Programming

Learn more about how Black Californians have shaped our state's history with OMCA Associate Curator of History Dania Jordan, then join us in the OMCA Gardens for a joyful performance by the BD Express. Whether you're relaxing with your favorite drink or ready to get up and get down, the BD Express brings some of the Bay Area's top musicians together to give you the best of New Orleans, Blues, R&B, and Soul music. 

Friday, June 24, 5 pm

Alicia the Dance Dragon Slayer

At 6 pm, join Diaspora Dance for a Caribbean Vibes meets Afro Pop non-stop party class! Kick off the night with this class featuring an eclectic Afro-Caribbean playlist and a fusion of the latest movements mixed with fun classics, as well as a short performance by Diaspora Dance’s youth dancers. With Alicia's signature “less moves, more grooves” effortless choreography and Dance Dragon Slaying supportive teaching style, Diaspora Dance is an all-levels space to move, be inspired, and SLAY!

Kin Folkz and East Bay Queer Arts Center

Starting at 6:30, co-founder of the East Bay Queer Arts Center, Kinfolkz, and performing artist Lisa Evans welcome you to a specially curated evening of spoken word, dance, music and healing. The East Bay LGBTQ+ Healing Arts Center aka the Queer Arts Center is a grassroots, interdisciplinary collaborative of Oakland, California-based disabled, Black, Indigenous + Brown LGBTQ+ identified artists and wellness practitioners serving a global community. 

For more details on upcoming programs and events, please visit museumca.org. Please review our Safe Community Agreements in advance of your visit. 

 


 

COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION

As of June 1, 2022, OMCA will maintain its indoor mask policy until further notice. OMCA continues to take a measured approach to ensure its making the right choices for the community, while balancing the desire to return to normalcy. Masks will continue to be required indoors for all visitors ages two and older and OMCA staff, regardless of vaccination status, or when engaging in close contact with anyone outside of their party. 

OMCA will require proof of vaccination for individuals 12 years of age and older for all indoor activities. This includes access to galleries and special exhibitions, the OMCA store, indoor programs, events in the theater, and when in the cafe. For unvaccinated individuals over 12 years of age, 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 will be 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. Masks are also required for all visitors ages two and older and OMCA staff, regardless of vaccination status, when not eating or drinking on OMCA’s campus. Thank you for helping protect each other and our community.
 



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.

ABOUT OFF THE GRID

Off the Grid (OTG) is a mobile food platform that connects people over a shared love of food and community. Throughout the past decade, OTG has encouraged and inspired the mobile food movement throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with curated food experiences, innovative events, and corporate dining. Utilizing its agile mobile events platform, OTG has supported more than 600 entrepreneurial food vendors and small businesses (known as Creators) with opportunities to connect with their local community. Amidst the current climate—including the COVID-19 pandemic—OTG has expanded its mission to serve the community by providing disaster and emergency food relief to the greater Bay Area and beyond. Efforts include feeding frontline workers, serving first responders during wildfire season, supporting BIPOC businesses, and providing food assistance to food insecure neighbors. For more information please visit https://offthegrid.com/ and follow OTG on Twitter: @OTGSF, Instagram: @OffTheGridSF, and Facebook: @OffTheGridSF.


 

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