COMMONS ARCHIVE thrives on the support of many organizations, community groups and neighbors. Initiated by artist team marksearch, it is part of Kala Art Institute’s Print Public, a dynamic program that invites artists to work on interdisciplinary projects with digital or print media while animating public space, reaching new communities, building local partnerships, and deepening neighborhood ties.
The Golden Gate Branch of the Oakland Public Library, located at 5606 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, is one of I6 neighborhood branch libraries. The Golden Gate Branch has a collection of approximately 41,000 items. Circulating materials are largely of popular interest with a strong emphasis on fiction and jazz music.
Emeryville Historical Society publishes a well-researched quarterly journal focusing on North Oakland and Emeryville early history (late 1800s to early 1900s). Started in 1988 by a group of librarians, photographers and history buffs, the group continues to produce photo exhibits for Oakland Public Library’s Oakland History Room. A full collection of their journals, not yet digitized, can be found at the Oakland History Room.
Kala Art Institute, based in Berkeley, CA, is a community art-making hub and residency program offering professional facilities across print and digital media. Kala’s mission is to help artists sustain their creative work and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education.
marksearch engages people in collaborative expressions of local history as a way to deepen bonds between people and their environments. Through cross-disciplinary projects, they create temporary and permanent sculptural structures for improvisational collaboration in public spaces.
Oakland Wiki is like Wikipedia, but it’s a wiki all about Oakland. It is a free website about Oakland that anyone can edit. There was nothing here when the site was first launched in July, 2012. All of the content on this wiki has been built by contributors. Through a short training, anyone can learn how to add content. The wiki group holds edit sessions at Oakland Public Libraries.
PLACE for Sustainable Living is a public serving, experiential learning center in North-West Oakland that showcases and advocates for urban homesteading, community resiliency, social justice and artistic expression. We foster regenerative design practices through art, community, and ecology. The grounds include demonstration gardens and educational exhibits, an urban farm, several shops equipped with tools and machinery, and a co-working space. Since 2011, PLACE has provided programming that informs and educates the community about creativity, resiliency and sustainability.
This project was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.
This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org