Spoken word artist Sarah O’Neal and filmmaker Jamie DeWolf beautifully capture our city’s diversity and rich culture. Let Sarah’s poetry and performance take you on a journey to every corner of Oakland, where vibrant neighborhoods are filled with artists, activists, children, parents, teachers, musicians and community leaders.
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Acknowledgements & Credits
The video was produced for the 2017 Grantmakers in the Arts conference in Detroit to announce that this year’s conference will take place October 21-24, 2018 in Oakland.
Thank you to spoken word artist Sarah O’Neal, film director Jamie DeWolf, video editor Adam Parmalee and assistant director Asher Kennedy for creating this video. We’re grateful to the many organizations and people who provided imagery for this video, including:
+ Alena Musuem: alenamuseum.com
+ American Steel Studios: facebook.com/AmericanSteelStudios
+ Attitudinal Healing Connection and the Oakland Mural Project: ahc-oakland.org/oakland-mural-project-1
+ Bandaloop: bandaloop.org
+ California Arts Council: arts.ca.gov
+ City of Oakland: .oaklandnet.com
+ Community Rejuvenation Project: crpbayarea.org/
+ Deep Waters Dance Theater & Amara Tabor Smith: deepwatersdance.com
+ Destiny Arts Center: destinyarts.org
+ Eastside Arts Alliance: eastsideartsalliance.org
+ Fantastic Negrito: fantasticnegrito.com
+ Laney College: laney.edu
+ Omi Gallery for “Our Container for Collective Artivism”: oakland.impacthub.net/omi-gallery
+ Oakland First Fridays: oaklandfirstfridays.org
+ Oakland Metro: oaklandmetro.org
+ People’s Kitchen Collective: peopleskitchencollective.com
+ The Unity Council for the Dia de Los Muertos Festival: unitycouncil.org/dia-de-los-muertos
+ Tourettes Without Regrets: touretteswithoutregrets.com
+ Visit Oakland: visitoakland.com
+ Youth Speaks for Life is Living: youthspeaks.org
And a special thank you to the artists and communities for the murals we included from these locations: 250 – 14th Street, 1611 – 17th Street, 17th & Peralta Streets, 26th & Willow Streets, 970 Grace Avenue, 1960 Mandela Parkway, 1537 Webster Street, and 1629 Webster Street.