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.
Oakland, California, 94607
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 & Elise Haas Fund
- Ted Russell, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
- Eddie Torres, Grantmakers in the Arts
- Nadia Elokdah, Grantmakers in the Arts
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.
Thank you to spoken word artist Sarah O’Neal, film director Jamie DeWolf, video editor Adam Parmalee, and assistant director Asher Kennedy for creating the video above.
Artwork: Jessica Sabogal, Sí. Existimos, 2015. Representation courtesy of the artist. Learn more about Jessica Sabogal.