Oakland Museum of California

For An Equity, Inclusion, And Diversity (EID) Capacity Building Project

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    16 Months
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1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA, 94607, United States
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for further integration of performing arts in community engagement programs  
The Oakland Museum of California is an interdisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving and communicating the story of California. Its central performing arts program is a free, weekly family-friendly block party in the neighborhood surrounding the museum’s campus. The community-curated performances feature musicians, a DJ residency program, dance classes, and interactive demonstrations led by Bay Area artists, reaching more than 200,000 people each year.
for further integration of performing arts in community engagement programs  
An important arts institution in the East Bay, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is developing program engagement strategies to increase museum participation by underserved communities. OMCA’s performing arts programming has been essential to these efforts. Serving 150,000 people annually, Friday Nights @ OMCA is a free weekly family-friendly block party and "open door" that serves the diversity of the Oakland community. The "Go Local" music series is an essential component of Friday Nights @ OMCA, which features top local Bay Area musical artists, a DJ residency program, and interactive demonstrations and dance classes. Since its launch in 2013, "Go Local" has showcased more than 400 bands and performers ranging from alternative to rhythm and blues to world music. With a first-time Hewlett Foundation grant, OMCA plans to expand its performing arts programming into the gallery space by creating "Acoustic Space 6."

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