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“Our City” Oakland Public Design Fair | 12 Unique Interactive Installations

Come play in Oakland’s central plaza at the first Our City: Oakland Public Design Fair, a three-day celebration of new public design projects that promote play – created by, with, and for the people of Oakland.

With 12 interactive installations, four panels, multiple performances, and a public closing party, the fair will offer something for everyone. The installations will include a pedal-powered musical organ, a human-scale wire-and-bead maze, a photo wall, and a number of interactive play structures for ages 1 to 101.

2016 Our City: Oakland Public Design Fair
Thursday, February 4 – Saturday, February 6 | 8 am to 8 pm
Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

During the event, thousands of Oakland kids, families, residents, and visitors will experience and respond to the installations – with the goal of inspiring more permanent work that re-imagines the future of the city as a place for play.

On Saturday, February 6, a full day of programming will include panel presentations and performances from exciting leaders in Oakland’s arts, design, and civic communities, as well as a closing party at Pro Arts.

Event Schedule

Public Design Fair Open Hours
Thursday, February 4 – Saturday, February 6 | 8 am to 8 pm
Design fair of 12 interactive installations free and open to the public in Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Saturday, February 6 – Programming at Pro Arts Gallery

  • 11 am to 12 pm: The Power of Play
    C.J. Hirschfield // Fairyland
    Albert Kong // Come Out and Play Festival
    Jenny Gottstein // The Go Game
  • 12:15 – 1:15 pm: Creative Futures for Downtown Oakland
    Ben Grant // SPUR
    Kiran Jain // Neighborly + Civic Design Lab
    Anyka Barber // Betti Ono Gallery
    Alicia Parker // City of Oakland Planning Department
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm: Arts and Civic Life
    Favianna Rodriguez // Artist + Activist
    Donn Harris // Oakland School for the Arts + California Arts Council
    Karen Cusolito // American Steel Studios
    Doug Wittnebel // Gensler Oakland
  • 2:45 – 3:45 pm: Oakland Story Hour: Tales from the Plaza
    Ashoka Finley // Occupy Oakland
    Leah Nichols // SITELAB Urban Studio
    June Grant // blink!LAB architecture
  • 4 – 5 pm: Public Project Tour
    Open tour of all 12 public design projects in the Fair
  • 5 – 6 pm: Obelisk Performance
    Chris Brown, Theresa Wong, Kyle Bruckmann
  • 7 – 10 pm: Closing Party
    Beats by Russell E.L. Butler
    Bites by Kingston 11

The Our City: Oakland Public Design Fair is being produced by the nonprofit Our City in partnership with the City of Oakland, 50 Fund, Bank of the West, and an exciting, diverse group of community partners.

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