COMMONS ARCHIVE thrives on the support of many organizations, community groups and neighbors. Initiated by artist team marksearch, it is part of Kala Art Institute’s Print Public, a dynamic program that invites artists to work on interdisciplinary projects with digital or print media while animating public space, reaching new communities, building local partnerships, and deepening neighborhood ties.
We acknowledge and honor that North Oakland sits on the land of the Ohlone people, today politically represented by the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area. We recognize the Muwekma Ohlone people past and present who have settled, nurtured and loved this land, and are grateful to live here.
The Golden Gate Branch of the Oakland Public Library, located at 5606 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, is one of I6 neighborhood branch libraries. The Golden Gate Branch has a collection of approximately 41,000 items. Circulating materials are largely of popular interest with a strong emphasis on fiction and jazz music.
Kala Art Institute, based in Berkeley, CA, is a community art-making hub and residency program offering professional facilities across print and digital media. Kala's mission is to help artists sustain their creative work and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education.
Kala community engagement intern Heidi Herrera (at left) leads Commons Archive outreach and social media. Heidi is pursuing a Masters in art history with an emphasis in social activism and human rights. She's dedicated to building community, preserving oral histories and democratizing archives.
PLACE for Sustainable Living is a public serving, experiential learning center that showcases and advocates for urban homesteading, community resiliency, social justice and artistic expression. The grounds include demonstration gardens and educational exhibits, an urban farm, several shops equipped with tools and machinery, and a co-working space. Since 2011 they have offered workshops, gatherings and celebrations to share skills and honor community.
BLACK PANTHER POWER
Black Panther Power was envisioned by original Black Panther Party member Saturu Ned, aka James Mott, during the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party. As a Black Panther apparel company, they address community inequities by supporting a stable economic foundation. 100% of sales revenue is directed into the ‘Knowledge to the People Fund’, a modern day ‘Survival Program’. Saturu Ned, educator and community architect, leads skill-sharing workshops about the Black Panther Party for Commons Archive, local colleges and organizations.
Oakland Wiki is like Wikipedia, but it’s a wiki all about Oakland. It is a free website about Oakland that anyone can edit. There was nothing here when the site was first launched in July, 2012. All of the content on this wiki has been built by contributors. Through a short training, anyone can learn how to add content. The wiki group holds edit sessions at Oakland Public Libraries.
Kala Art Institute's mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education.
Kenneth Rainin Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing quality of life by championing and sustaining the arts, promoting early childhood literacy and supporting research to cure chronic disease. Collaboration and innovation are at the heart of all its programs. Its vision is guided by the belief that change is possible through inquiry, creativity and compassion.