Will Oakland establish the Black Arts Movement Cultural and Business District?
Please sign this petition: Black Arts Movement Cultural District for downtown Oakland
To raise cultural, economic and political consciousness in Oakland CA.
That's why I created a petition to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf which says:
"We demand the City of Oakland proclaim the Black Arts Movement Cultural and Business District along the 14th Street corridor, from Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to Alice Street and beyond. It will be an Afro-centric sacred space for people of good will and positive consciousness to gather and express themselves freely as divine beings in human form. Gov. Brown recently signed legislation to establish cultural districts throughout California."
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Bay Area authors, artists, activists celebrate Chauncey Bailey
in the BAM District--Joyce Gordon Gallery, 14th and Franklin
photo Gene Hazzard/Adam Turner
CALLING ALL BLACK PEOPLE
From: Parker, Alicia <AParker@oaklandnet.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 2:57 PM
Subject: Plan Downtown - Artists Group on 10/27 at 11am
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
City of Oakland Planning Meetings on the Downtown Future
We hope to see you at tonight’s Hands-On Design Workshop, which kicks off a ten-day series of events to engage the public in planning Downtown Oakland’s future.
Hands-On Design Workshop – TONIGHT
The Rotunda Building, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Consultants will lead the public through discussion and activities to identify the important issues associated with the future of Downtown and illustrate how Oaklanders might like to see the area evolve.
Open Design Studio
9 am to 6 pm daily (closed Sunday), open until 8 pm on Tuesdays and Thursday
1544 Broadway, across from Latham Square
Drop by at any time to meet the City’s Plan Downtown team, including experts in fields such as environment, architecture and economics. Share your ideas, ask questions and find out what other Oaklanders are envisioning for Downtown.
Pin-up Open House
An illustrative plan designed throughout the week to help visualize change will be pinned up on the wall for the public to see and discuss.
Downtown Walking Tour
Tour departs from 1544 Broadway
The walking tour will highlight areas of change and opportunity in Downtown, giving tour participants a chance to consider the existing urban form and possibilities for growth.
City transportation staff will provide information about the Downtown Oakland Parking Study and facilitate a conversation about parking strategies.
The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
The planning team will present the ideas, goals and draft visualizations generated for Plan Downtown to get feedback from the public to make sure the plan is on the right track.
photo Ken Johnson
California Arts Council
Advancing California through the Arts and Creativity
October 02, 2015
Gov. Brown Signs Legislation Creating CA Cultural Districts
Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 189, a measure
empowering the California Arts Council to designate areas as Cultural
The districts will be approved by the Council
through a competitive application process. As part of the program,
we'll provide technical and promotional support to the districts, as
well as collaborate with public agencies and private entities to
maximize the benefits to the local and state economy.
The bill was
authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom with co-authors Assembly
Members Ian Calderon and Marie Waldron, and Senator Ben Allen.
it be the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, the Tower District of
Fresno, or the artistic enclaves of the North Coast, California is
internationally recognized for its abundance of creative and cultural
businesses, organizations and events," stated Assemblymember Bloom.
"Designating areas with vibrant creative communities as Cultural
Districts will not only celebrate California's diverse cultural
landscape, but will also help to draw economic development and tourism
to local economies."
Stay tuned for more information on the launch of the California statewide Cultural Districts program.
The Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra, University of California, Merced, 2014
From the archives of the Oakland Post Newspaper
Friday, November 21, 2014
BAM Artists seek "Black Arts Movement District" in Oakland
Caption: Left to right, Amiri Baraka, chief visionary of the Black Arts Movement; Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party; theatre director Dr. Ayodele Nzinga; Ahi Baraka; and Marvin X at his Academy of da Corner at 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland. Man in background is NOI fan of Marvin X. Photo by Gene Hazzard.
Walking eastward toward Webster Street is the site of former Black owned Bank of Oakland, now owned by the Greenlining Institute.