Oakland, California, 94607
Grantmakers in the Arts welcomes you to Oakland, home to vibrant creatives, diverse communities, and a heritage of activism. While being a deeply rooted city, with the oak tree as a metaphor of its culture and legacy, “Oaktown” is experiencing a significant transformation at the intersection of race, space, and place. Amidst conversations of gentrification, rising costs of rent, and concerns about displacement of longstanding neighborhoods, the city’s culture stands central. At this rich time, Oakland - home to artists, immigrants, and newcomers for generations - explores its histories of resistance and empowerment with a future that celebrates roots, creativity, the power of stories, and the essential desire for belonging. Engage with your colleagues at the GIA Conference to be inspired by the people and culture of Oakland.
Grantmakers in the Arts has a long-held commitment to engaging the community in each city where the annual national conference is held. Read GIA’s Conference Guiding Principles and Practices.
2018 Conference Committee
Shelley Trott, Kenneth Rainin Foundation (Chair)
Roberto Bedoya, City of Oakland
Tom DeCaigny, San Francisco Arts Commission
Emiko Ono, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Frances Phillips, Walter and Elise Hass Fund
Ted Russell, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Eddie Torres, Grantmakers in the Arts
Nadia Elokdah, Grantmakers in the Arts