Printmaking Workshop
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Golden Gate Branch Library


No experience necessary.  A free hands-on block prints workshop with master Kala Art Institute printer Mary Marsh. Teens and adults welcome.


Please RSVP, limited to 12.



Research Sessions

Thursday, June 1  12–2p

Saturday, June 3  10a–12p

Tuesday, June 6  6–8p

Thursday, June 8  12–2p

Tuesday, June 13  6–8p

Golden Gate Branch Library


marksearch will scan your old snapshots, scrapbooks, and record your stories so that your histories are preserved and shared with the community. Let future generations know what it is like to live in this neighborhood.


Sign up at the library to reserve a 30-minute session.


Neighborhood Walk
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Golden Gate Branch Library


A walking discussion co-led by members of the community about the role of religious centers in the neighborhood.


Starts at St. Columba Church (San Pablo & Alcatraz) and ends at the Golden Gate Library.

January 19 – March 25, 2017

Commons Archive: The Lasartemays

Kala Art Institute Gallery


A research space dedicated to unpacking the personal collection of the pioneers Eugene and Ruth Lasartemay, who spearheaded the development of the Bay Area’s first archive of African Americans in the region. Weekly research sessions included meetings with the Lasartemay’s family, community members and local historians.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Love Our Neighborhood Day, 11a-4p


Meeting neighbors at an annual event that closes down 12 blocks of San Pablo Avenue for walking and biking.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

National Night Out, 6-8p


Joining with neighborhood groups to celebrate community.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sidewalk Stories Printmaking Workshop

Golden Gate Branch Library, 3-4:30p


No experience necessary. A free hands-on ‘sunprints’ workshop with master Kala Art Institute printer Emily Gui. Teens and adults welcome.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Oakland Wiki Story Share

Kala Art Institute, 1-2:30p


Your Voice, Your History!  Come share your neighborhood memories.  The Oakland Wiki, a team dedicated to creating a shared history website, will teach you how to use their online tools.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Black History Month Read-In

Kala Art Institute Gallery, 3-4:30p


Let’s come together to read, share inspiration, empowerment, and community. Please bring a selection from your favorite poem, speech or book authored by an African American. With the Golden Gate Library.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Block Party at the Golden Gate Library

Golden Gate Branch Library, 1-4p


Celebrate the community, meet neighbors, and learn how to get involved with Commons Archive!


Come early for delicious free BBQ provided by grill-master Mark Lasartemay, grandson of the pioneers of the East Bay Negro Historical Society. Hands-on demos by Kala print-makers, games for kids, musical performances and neighborhood information.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Open House as part of the Open Engagement conference

Kala Art Institute, 1-4p


An information session for an annual artist-led conference about community engaged art.