Community Development

November 6, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
SOMA Pilipinas, San Francisco’s first Filipino cultural district in the city’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, is meant to celebrate and preserve the Filipino-American community that has been in the neighborhood for over 100 years, reports Next City. Read More...
October 30, 2018 by admin
When tasked with presenting the dynamic and multiscalar ecosystem of arts and culture in the Bay Area, the Grantmakers in the Arts team knew that we needed to call upon those engaging deeply with the forces effecting change. Given the evolving nature of space availability, access, and affordability in cities, any system of disruption will, by design, engage a diversity of stakeholders and intervene at multiple levels. From the strongly held position that the arts drive strong, vibrant, diverse communities, Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) exemplifies one such model.Read More...
October 28, 2018 by admin
When I first got to Oakland, I didn’t know where I was. I gave the cabbie who picked me up at the Emeryville Amtrak station an address on Apgar Street. The house where he dropped me off, near 40th and Market, within walking distance of the MacArthur BART station, was where I lived for my first year in California.Read More...
October 28, 2018 by admin
The place where my mother met my father, West Oakland’s Esther’s Orbit Lounge, is long shuttered now. The cultural and social institutions that sprang up along Seventh Street made the moment feel like “Harlem of the West.” There is a storied existence in Oakland. It is buried over by unaffordable luxury apartments and gutted out of once black-owned row houses and Victorian homes. When I chose to be a writer, I didn’t know I was choosing to be an anthropologist, archaeologist, and hero.Read More...
October 28, 2018 by admin
   Culture, Equity, and Cities (1.5Mb) Have you ever begun to just notice something and then suddenly you see it everywhere. Then you wonder, have I been out of it, or did this just become a thing?”Read More...
October 28, 2018 by admin
To be wealthy was not to have, to be wealthy was to give. — Malcolm Margolin, The Ohlone Way The Native people of the East Bay Area are mostly overlooked by its modern dwellers. When people speak of Oakland as a place, most people likely think of a dense urban area — perhaps they think of the Oakland Raiders, with the team colors of silver and black. The Raider Nation. But do they consider the tribal nations that lived in Oakland before it was Oakland? Probably not.Read More...
October 28, 2018 by admin
Today, Regina’s Door in Oakland serves as a healing artistic space for survivors of sex trafficking, as well as a launching pad for theatrical productions featuring the stories and performances of survivors. Its start came in 2014, when Regina Evans decided she needed to do something to help her community. “We have young girls being brutalized every day. In Oakland trafficking is very hidden, but if you go down International Boulevard, you also see very young girls — twelve, thirteen, fourteen years old, and you know they’re being raped,” she said.Read More...
September 24, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
An artist's work offers design solutions for coastal cities to adapt to climate change and rising sea levels. Profiled by Food Tank, Mary Mattingly mentions, "We absolutely need more public spaces for foraging and stewardship-building, and we need larger-scale participation." Read More...
September 19, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
Before doing a routine demolition in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, one artist was inspired by the stories and the personal belongings of those who lived in that house before it was abandoned, reported Next City. Read More...
August 30, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded recently Pitzer College a five-year $1.1 million grant to develop a Claremont Colleges-wide Critical Justice Education (CJE) program. The program will foster social change through the power of prison education and educate Claremont students and incarcerated individuals. Read More...