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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Arts Feature

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

Nice thought. This is going to sound bitter but its most likely not going to work. The spillover from the tech boom is unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Posted by Vanessa Oakland on 10/25/2018 at 12:35 PM

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

The City of Berkeley just updated it's Cultural Plan with over a year's worth of work and input from the community. It has concrete action plans for short, medium, and long-term goals to be addressed by not only by city departments, but by art organizations, the school district, and the Art Commission. Don't reinvent the wheel - use this as a template. https://www.cityofberkeley.info/City_Manag…

Posted by lbullwinkel6fb0 on 10/12/2018 at 10:08 AM

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

If their "agency" is dependent on outside funding... Is it really agency?

If their "agency" relies on being able to violate codes, ordinances and operating public nuances/hazards ... Well can anyone say Ghostship? I knew ya could.

Being part of "cultural planning" means one has to be a part of the culture, not willfully standing outside, giving it the finger and expecting handouts.

Time to grow up folks.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/10/2018 at 6:55 PM

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

Other concerns from the arts community in regards the cultural plan include:

1. taking away the agency from Oakland artists and organizations in terms of city funding, in that the plan is prescribing the nature of their work for them, as opposed to providing funding for work that the artists and organizations deem worthwhile. While many other artists I have spoken to have come up with creative ideas for projects working with city departments, (whether or not said city departments would approve of said projects is another story), they mostly want to do their work, and not the City's.

2. In the Cultural Plan, there is a map of local cultural sites/groups, some of which have received or are in danger of receiving code enforcement action from the City for their activities. Again, a removal of agency, in that it is doubtful that all sites located on the map were asked permission to be put on the map. Whether the Building/Fire/Planning Departments will use the Cultural Plan map as a "resource" for code enforcement action is unknown, but considering they have taken action based on Facebook events, it is not impossible.

Posted by Sarah Lockhart on 10/10/2018 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Soundwave Redefines the Who and Where of Sound Art

Excited to have Soundwave representing Oakland now more than ever! Sarah is right. Soundwave's 2nd ever show in 2004 was at the venerable 21 Grand, which she co-founded. Props to all that helped Soundwave at the very beginning. Never forget 21 Grand!

Posted by Alan So on 10/03/2018 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Soundwave Redefines the Who and Where of Sound Art

Hey I'm Ryanaustin Dennis, one of the curators. I have a correction for the article.

Can y'all please correct, "Jeremy DiCristo" to Jeramy DeCristo. ASAP.

Thank you,

Ryanaustin

Posted by Ryanaustin Dennis on 10/03/2018 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Soundwave Redefines the Who and Where of Sound Art

It would probably be more accurate to say, "comes back to Oakland" as Soundwave actually had events in Oakland back in 2004.

Posted by Sarah Lockhart on 10/02/2018 at 8:05 PM

Re: “With Dirt World, Richmond Gets a BMX Bike Park

So proud of you guys sister. You really need to know the impact this is will have on the kids in your community. The big picture is getting our kids off the street and ll giving them a safe place to enjoy and come together as a community. You guys did the unimaginable to me. I used to think you guys were all talk when you would bring up building a bike park
But I give it to you, you proved me wrong. And I'm super proud of you. I know a few resources that mr. Want to donate for the cause I'll get in touch, make a few calls and get back to you love you

Posted by jdarytway25 on 08/29/2018 at 1:50 PM

Re: “With Dirt World, Richmond Gets a BMX Bike Park

What a positive addition to the community ... and all because two residents decided it could be done! Fabulous work

Posted by Susan Buckland on 08/29/2018 at 1:45 PM

Re: “The Richmond Museum of History Grows to New Heights Under Executive Director Melinda McCrary

Congratulations! Richmond is fortunate to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic museum director.

Posted by Jim Kern on 07/26/2018 at 2:50 PM

Re: “After Eleven Years, Beloved Print Retailer ISSUES Relocates and Downsizes

New location is great! Everyone come by and buy a book or mag or two...

Posted by Mercury20 on 07/23/2018 at 6:38 PM

Re: “The Richmond Museum of History Grows to New Heights Under Executive Director Melinda McCrary

She's doing a great job. Everyone should go there. It's a delight.

Posted by Sandra Davenport on 07/17/2018 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Bridge Storage and ArtSpace Reopens

I think his intentions are good however every single one of the original artists was kicked out of their space here after the Ghost Ship fire thereby giving them the opportunity to build new improved "shared" spaces where they could charge more rent. A lot of "burned bridges" here.

Posted by Mimi Vitetta on 07/06/2018 at 7:07 PM

Re: “The Body Political Burlesque Revue Portrays the Reality of the Human Body

This show sounds amazing!

Posted by suz g on 06/27/2018 at 9:45 AM

Re: “After Eleven Years, Beloved Print Retailer ISSUES Relocates and Downsizes

Great store. Will miss its presence off of Piedmont. Such is life in America...now!

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 06/22/2018 at 3:48 PM

Re: “A T-Shirt Rises Out of East Oakland

It's amazing that the bay area artists are doing their own thing and finding success. There has been such a great history of art especially in the hispanic community around east bay. I've heard there are a lot of companies local to the area like https://scalablepress.com that help artists find mediums to get themselves out there.

Posted by Rachel Dismukes on 06/19/2018 at 10:26 AM

Re: “New Style Motherlode Enters a New Era

I have followed Corey from the Rockridge Studio to Broadway and he has been amazing for my boys. They discovered their artistry at New Style and are still with him to this day. New Style Motherload for life is what his former and present students say from Janet Jackson back up dancers to his dance family in Germany and all in between we love you Corey!
Aminah

Posted by Aminah Omar on 06/02/2018 at 6:42 AM

Re: “New Style Motherlode Enters a New Era

Hi Corey!
I love you. I danced in your hip hop class at the YMCA and took a few classes at Alice Art Center. I'm proud of you. You inspire me and built confidence in me as far as dancing. People used to laugh at me. But through your teaching I not only learned what you taught but how to create my own dance moves. I can't thank you enough.
Tahasha Freeman

Posted by Tahasha Freeman on 05/31/2018 at 5:39 PM

Re: “New Style Motherlode Enters a New Era

Good vibes

Posted by Judy Rukat on 05/30/2018 at 4:59 AM

Re: “New Style Motherlode Enters a New Era

Thank you so much for sharing the story on this living legend! Corey is a lighthouse of life giving energy and continues to give so much to our community, our kids, he saved my inner dancer from dying. He deserves the abundance of love, health and wealth he is creating for himself, New Style Motherlode, and the dancers of the bay area.

Posted by oaklandallycat on 05/29/2018 at 11:49 PM

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