COMMONS ARCHIVE BLOCK PARTY

The library’s first ever block party drew hundreds and included community organization info tables, hands-on art, story sharing, music and free food!

ARE YOU MISSING FROM THE ARCHIVE?

We  will scan your old snapshots, scrapbooks and record your stories to share with the community.  Let future generations know what it is like to live in this neighborhood!

Fridays, November 3, 10, & 17

2-4 pm

Please sign up with library staff for a 30-minute session

OAKLAND'S GOLDEN GATE BRANCH LIBRARY

5606 San Pablo Avenue

North Oakland CA

Questions? 510-597-5023

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sidewalk Stories Printmaking Workshop

Golden Gate Branch Library, 3-4:30p

 

No experience necessary. A free hands-on ‘sunprints’ workshop with master Kala Art Institute printer Emily Gui. Teens and adults welcome.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Black History Month Read-In

Kala Art Institute Gallery, 3-4:30p

 

Let’s come together to read, share inspiration, empowerment, and community. Please bring a selection from your favorite poem, speech or book authored by an African American. With the Golden Gate Library.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Golden Gate Spirit Neighborhood Walk with Oakland Urban Paths

Golden Gate Branch Library, 10a-12:30p

 

A walking discussion co-led by members of the community about the role of religious centers in the neighborhood.

 

Starts at St. Columba Church (San Pablo & Alcatraz) and ends at the Golden Gate Library.

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Oakland Wiki Story Share

Kala Art Institute, 1-2:30p

 

Your Voice, Your History!  Come share your neighborhood memories.  The Oakland Wiki, a team dedicated to creating a shared history website, will teach you how to use their online tools.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sidewalk Stories Printmaking Workshop

Golden Gate Branch Library, 3-4:30p

 

No experience necessary.  A free hands-on block prints workshop with master Kala Art Institute printer Mary Marsh. Teens and adults welcome.

 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Block Party at the Golden Gate Library

Golden Gate Branch Library, 1-4p

 

Celebrate the community, meet neighbors, and learn how to get involved with Commons Archive!

 

Come early for delicious free BBQ provided by grill-master Mark Lasartemay, grandson of the pioneers of the East Bay Negro Historical Society. Hands-on demos by Kala print-makers, games for kids, musical performances and neighborhood information.

January 19 – March 25, 2017

Commons Archive: The Lasartemays

Kala Art Institute Gallery

 

A research space dedicated to unpacking the personal collection of the pioneers Eugene and Ruth Lasartemay, who spearheaded the development of the Bay Area’s first archive of African Americans in the region. Weekly research sessions included meetings with the Lasartemay’s family, community members and local historians.

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Thursday, June 1  12–2p

Saturday, June 3  10a–12p

Tuesday, June 6  6–8p

Thursday, June 8  12–2p

Tuesday, June 13  6–8p

Research Sessions

Golden Gate Branch Library

 

marksearch will scan your old snapshots, scrapbooks, and record your stories so that your histories are preserved and shared with the community. Let future generations know what it is like to live in this neighborhood.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

National Night Out, 6-8p

 

Joining with neighborhood groups to celebrate community.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Love Our Neighborhood Day, 11a-4p

 

Meeting neighbors at an annual event that closes down 12 blocks of San Pablo Avenue for walking and biking.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Open House as part of the Open Engagement conference

Kala Art Institute, 1-4p

 

An information session for an annual artist-led conference about community engaged art.

COMMONS ARCHIVE @ THE LIBRARY

The Commons Archive flag flies high in front of the Golden Gate Library. Neighbors’ writing defines the logo.

NEIGHBOR STORIES

Neighbors share memories at the Commons Archive Block Party and several skill-sharing printmaking workshops.

GOLDEN GATE SPIRIT NEIGHBORHOOD WALK

Touring the more than 30 houses of worship in the Golden Gate, walkers visited St Columba, one of the oldest African American Catholic churches in the Bay Area.

COMMONS ARCHIVE @ THE LIBRARY

Photo installation in the library’s entrance honors the legacy of the Lasartemays’ pioneering work in preserving Bay Area African American history.

SIDEWALK STORIES

A hands-on workshop for neighbors to meet one another and learn printmaking techniques that will be used for Commons Archive.

GOLDEN GATE SPIRIT NEIGHBORHOOD WALK

Dr. Martha Taylor, scholar, historian and pastor, shares her research from her book 'From Labor to Reward' about the role of churches in the African American community.

COMMONS ARCHIVE @ THE LIBRARY

The Commons Archive research table, made from re-used library furniture, represents the map of the library’s neighborhood.

COMMONS ARCHIVE BLOCK PARTY

Celebrating the neighborhood with ‘Back In Session’, a local Golden Gate band that has been performing together for years.

SIDEWALK STORIES

A hands-on workshop for neighbors to meet one another and learn printmaking techniques that will be used for Commons Archive.

COMMONS ARCHIVE BLOCK PARTY

Mark Lasartemay’s legendary BBQ chicken and ribs fed hundreds of happy neighbors.