What we believe
At the Oakland Museum of California, our identity and mission of connecting communities to the cultural and environmental heritage of California, extends far beyond the Museum walls. At the heart of our mission is OMCA’s long-standing commitment to engagement and partnerships within the community. Also known as the “Museum of the people,” OMCA’s legacy of engaging in deep relationships with individuals, organizations and diverse communities has helped to shape space for a range of community voices, in a variety of programs and exhibitions.
What we do
OMCA is continuing to engage Oakland in participatory arts projects outside the museum’s walls, through OMCA Connect. OMCA Connect brings together community members, professional artists, community-based organizations, and Museum staff to create participatory arts projects in community spaces and surrounding neighborhoods. The Oakland Rover, OMCA’s “mobile museum,” is one of the many tools used.
We Dream in Art Mural Banner Project
In the summer and fall of 2013, the Oakland Rover took participatory art activities to public spaces in Oakland's San Antonio, Chinatown, Uptown and West Oakland neighborhoods. The resulting artwork and portraits is featured in a mural at OMCA along Oak Street and 12th Streets. The 'We Dream in Art' mural was unveiled on Friday, February 28! Check out the video about the project
|Stories from our Community Storytellers|
|April 15, 2014||Kharyshi Wiginton: Youth Organizing at McClymonds High School||Sophia Hussain|
|January 28, 2014||Art as togetherness: Mr. Liu's work in Oakland embraces the culture of immigration||Sophia Hussain|
|December 26, 2013||Interview with Peps 357 (Eastside Arts Alliance)||Sophia Hussain|
|November 5, 2013||Community is in High Demand||Sophia Hussain|
OMCA Connect is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.