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Oakland Releases First Cultural Plan in 30 Years

Read how Oakland plans to foster arts, culture, festivals and street fairs
By - posted 9/16/2018 No Comment

The City of Oakland has just released a new Cultural Plan, its first in thirty years.

Titled “Belonging in Oakland: A Cultural Development Plan,” the document provides a roadmap to support and lift up the role of culture in building a just and equitable city – so that every Oaklander in every neighborhood has access to cultural amenities. 

Highlights include a cultural plan city celebration in early October 2018 and a new artists-in-residence program kicking off in 2019 

Read the Oakland Cultural Plans


Building on the Plan and its vision, the City’s Cultural Affairs unit will launch two new initiatives in 2019:

  1. The “Neighborhood Voice: Belonging in Oakland” grant program will support art-based civic engagement projects throughout the city that will enliven a healthy, just and vibrant civil society.
  2. An Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program in City government designed to bring new approaches to civic challenges and service delivery by engaging Oaklanders in unique ways, advancing the missions of various City departments and benefitting neighborhoods.

A celebration of the Cultural Plan and the City’s most recent round of cultural funding grants to local artist and arts organization will be held in early October.