Press Release

Monday, February 28, 2022 - 3:07pm
Oakland Museum Of California Announces Live Events And Programs For March 2022
Four Saturday Lunchtime Sessions Feature Dance, Music, and Children’s Literature; Popular Annual White Elephant Sale Throughout the Month

Oakland, CA, February 28, 2022—Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) March public programs and events feature a variety of outdoor performances to welcome Spring. Four Saturday Lunchtime Sessions at Noon feature dance, music, and children’s literature events; the popular annual White Elephant Sale benefitting OMCA continues throughout the month as does the return of Off The Grid Food Trucks Friday evenings and lunchtime Saturdays. For more details on upcoming programs and events, please visit museumca.org.

OMCA CALENDAR OF EVENTS—MARCH 2022

Lunchtime Sessions: Music, Dance, and Storytelling
Saturdays at Noon

Welcome to OMCA’s  free program series Lunchtime Sessions: Music, Dance, and Storytelling. Grab your favorite picnic blanket, bring or buy your lunch at Town Fare Cafe or Off the Grid Food Trucks, and come together to delight in the joy of live outdoor performance.  Discover a new favorite artist, catch up with friends and family, and enjoy an outdoor cultural event at OMCA.

Lunchtime Sessions are free and open to the public; tickets and reservations are not

required. Food and beverages are not included. In order to maintain safety for

all guests and staff, capacity may be limited. Please review our COVID-19 Health and Safety Information in advance of your visit.Tickets and Reservations are not required but please check in at the Tickets and Membership desk to show your proof of vaccination. In the event of rain, this event will be canceled.

Saturday, March 5, Noon

Children’s Authors and Illustrators Roundtable with Angela Dalton, Nidhi Chanani and Robert Liu–Trujillo

Great stories can inspire lifetimes of learning. Adults and children will get an interactive, behind-the-pages look at children’s literature with internationally known Bay Area writers and illustrators of color. Each will read from their books and take questions and suggestions for illustrations from the audience, which they may draw in real time! Participants will have a chance to answer trivia questions and win copies of the authors’ books.

Saturday, March 12, Noon
Weaving Spirits: Two-Spirit Dance & Performing Artists

Weaving Spirits brings together local and national Native American artists whose powerful performance offerings range from traditional song to modern dance and drag. “Two-Spirit” is a pan-tribal term rooted in the Anishinaabe term describing such individuals: “niizh manidoowag”, embodying the complex feminine and the masculine in all of us. Experience their performance right here in the heart of Huichin (Oakland).

Saturday, March 19, Noon
Destiny Arts Center

Inspiring and igniting social change through the performing arts for more than 30 years, Destiny Arts electrifies the stage with culturally responsive performances that promote wellness, resiliency and belonging. The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, Destiny Junior Company and Martial Arts Demonstration Team show how “dance is an effective way to demonstrate for racial justice.” (New York Times)

Saturday, March 26, Noon
Urban Jazz Dance Company (UJDC)

The syncopation of urban jazz rhythms, the importance of play, and performance connect cultures of all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds whenever this high-energy company performs. Founded by Deaf dancer/choreographer Antoine Hunter, the award-winning UJDC uplifts Deaf, Hard of hearing (Hoh) and Disabled artists from marginalized backgrounds. Its performers have won acclaim from audiences worldwide. The performance will be ASL interpreted.

POPULAR ANNUAL WHITE ELEPHANT SALE

The 63rd annual White Elephant Sale (WES), a Bay Area tradition and the largest rummage sale in Northern California, returns in-person with COVID-19 safety guidelines over five weeks throughout March and through the first week of April. Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women's Board, the White Elephant Sale is the biggest annual fundraising event benefiting the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). Over the five week period, a range of quality used goods, including furniture, artwork, household items, ceramics, sporting goods, fine jewelry, collectibles, music, books, and vintage and contemporary apparel, will be available for sale. Reserve your tickets at WhiteElephantSale.org.

EXTENDED FRIDAY HOURS

OMCA has extended its Friday hours to 9 pm to accommodate increasing attendance and in response to public requests for additional hours outside of the work week.

LIMITED OFF THE GRID FOOD TRUCKS HAVE RETURNED!

End your week and indulge your weekend with the return of craveable meals, snacks, and beverages from Off the Grid food trucks on 10th Street between Oak and Fallon Streets. Pick up your food and relax in the OMCA gardens or plazas for a leisurely meal or a quick bite. A limited number of food trucks welcome visitors and neighbors weekly for dinner Friday evenings from 5 to 8 pm and lunch on Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm on 10th Street between Oak and Fallon Streets.

EARLY BIRD GARAGE HOURS AND DISCOUNT

The OMCA garage located at 1000 Oak St. (with entrances on Oak and 12th Streets) will open at 6 am daily with a special early bird rate beginning February 1. The new, extended hours will feature an all-day, discounted flat rate of $20 (in before 10 am, out before 5 pm). Those parking before 8 am and leaving before 10 am will pay the regular incremental rate.

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 our 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 us 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 we’re making the right choices for our 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.


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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