Current Exhibits

When: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Friday, May 30, 2014
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Art students from ARISE High School exhibit their art work starting at the end of September through the end of May 2014. Exhibit includes scratchboards, textural pieces, and others curated by art teacher Nils Heymann. Pieces will be rotating in and out of the exhibit all school year in the TeenZone and the meeting room.

Where: Main Library
When: Saturday, November 9, 2013 - Monday, June 30, 2014
Artist painting mural

An epic battle took place on the streets of Oakland this fall: The Youth Mural Arts Battle, a public art competition hosted by the Estria Foundation using muralism as a tool for creativity and social change. This year's theme: DREAM of JUSTICE.

For the first time during the annual Estria Battle, six youth organizations competed for the top prize alongside 16 adult artists from around the globe.

Beginning in November 2013, canvases from the Youth Battle will be on display at four Oakland Public Library branches citywide:

Main Library at the TeenZone  - Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles) - Winning Canvas!
Cesar Chavez Library - Visual Element (Oakland)
Eastmont Library - Ryse Youth Center (Richmond) & Get Active (Oakland)
81st Avenue Library - Cyphers (Oakland)

Oakland Library will also host monthly urban arts workshops for teens to accompany the exhibits. For information about the workshops, visit  www.oaklandlibrary.org/graffitiprograms

Now in its sixth year, the Estria Battle is the nation’s largest urban arts competition. This year’s contest brings the battle back home during Oakland’s annual Life is Living Festival hosted by Youth Speaks.

For general information call: (510) 238-7233

For locations and hours, click here.

Tweet this! @EstriaBattle @oaklibrary

 

The Youth Mural Arts Battle is sponsored by Montana Cans, Art Alternatives, Purity Organic, Escape CamperVans, Klean Kanteen, Oakland Public Library and the Estria Foundation. Contestants include: Visual Element (Oakland), Get Active (Oakland), Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles), CYPHERS (Phoenix), Precita Eyes (San Francisco), and RYSE Center (Richmond).

When: Friday, November 8, 2013 - Friday, November 7, 2014
Image of youth painting mural

An epic battle took place on the streets of Oakland this fall: The Youth Mural Arts Battle, a public art competition hosted by the Estria Foundation using muralism as a tool for creativity and social change. This year's theme: DREAM of JUSTICE.

For the first time during the annual Estria Battle, six youth organizations competed for the top prize alongside 16 adult artists from around the globe.

Beginning in November 2013, canvases from the Youth Battle will be on display at four Oakland Public Library branches citywide:

Main Library TeenZone  - Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles) - Winning Canvas!
Cesar Chavez Library - Visual Element (Oakland)
Eastmont Library - Ryse Youth Center (Richmond) & Get Active (Oakland)
81st Avenue Library - Cyphers (Oakland)

Oakland Library will also host monthly urban arts workshops for teens to accompany the exhibits. For information about the workshops, visit  www.oaklandlibrary.org/graffitiprograms

Now in its sixth year, the Estria Battle is the nation’s largest urban arts competition. This year’s contest brings the battle back home during Oakland’s annual Life is Living Festival hosted by Youth Speaks.

For general information call: (510) 238-7233

For locations and hours, click here.

Tweet this! @EstriaBattle @oaklibrary

 

The Youth Mural Arts Battle is sponsored by Montana Cans, Art Alternatives, Purity Organic, Escape CamperVans, Klean Kanteen, Oakland Public Library and the Estria Foundation. Contestants include: Visual Element (Oakland), Get Active (Oakland), Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles), CYPHERS (Phoenix), Precita Eyes (San Francisco), and RYSE Center (Richmond).

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 - Friday, November 7, 2014
Artist painting mural

An epic battle took place on the streets of Oakland this fall: The Youth Mural Arts Battle, a public art competition hosted by the Estria Foundation using muralism as a tool for creativity and social change. This year's theme: DREAM of JUSTICE.

For the first time during the annual Estria Battle, six youth organizations competed for the top prize alongside 16 adult artists from around the globe.

Beginning in November 2013, canvases from the Youth Battle will be on display at four Oakland Public Library branches citywide:

Main Library TeenZone  - Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles) - Winning Canvas!
Cesar Chavez Library - Visual Element (Oakland)
Eastmont Library - Ryse Youth Center (Richmond) & Get Active (Oakland)**
81st Avenue Library - Cyphers (Oakland)

**Special Note: See more art work from the youth group Get Active at our Lakeview Branch, April 2-29, 2014.

Oakland Library will also host monthly urban arts workshops for teens to accompany the exhibits. For information about the workshops, visit  www.oaklandlibrary.org/graffitiprograms

Now in its sixth year, the Estria Battle is the nation’s largest urban arts competition. This year’s contest brings the battle back home during Oakland’s annual Life is Living Festival hosted by Youth Speaks.

For general information call: (510) 238-7233

For locations and hours, click here.

Tweet this! @EstriaBattle @oaklibrary

 

The Youth Mural Arts Battle is sponsored by Montana Cans, Art Alternatives, Purity Organic, Escape CamperVans, Klean Kanteen, Oakland Public Library and the Estria Foundation. Contestants include: Visual Element (Oakland), Get Active (Oakland), Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles), CYPHERS (Phoenix), Precita Eyes (San Francisco), and RYSE Center (Richmond).

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 - Friday, November 7, 2014
Artist painting mural

An epic battle took place on the streets of Oakland this fall: The Youth Mural Arts Battle, a public art competition hosted by the Estria Foundation using muralism as a tool for creativity and social change. This year's theme: DREAM of JUSTICE.

For the first time during the annual Estria Battle, six youth organizations competed for the top prize alongside 16 adult artists from around the globe.

Beginning in November 2013, canvases from the Youth Battle will be on display at four Oakland Public Library branches citywide:

Main Library TeenZone  - Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles) - Winning Canvas!
Cesar Chavez Library - Visual Element (Oakland)
Eastmont Library - Ryse Youth Center (Richmond) & Get Active (Oakland)
81st Avenue Library - Cyphers (Oakland)

Oakland Library will also host monthly urban arts workshops for teens to accompany the exhibits. For information about the workshops, visit  www.oaklandlibrary.org/graffitiprograms

Now in its sixth year, the Estria Battle is the nation’s largest urban arts competition. This year’s contest brings the battle back home during Oakland’s annual Life is Living Festival hosted by Youth Speaks.

For general information call: (510) 238-7233

For locations and hours, click here.

Tweet this! @EstriaBattle @oaklibrary

 

The Youth Mural Arts Battle is sponsored by Montana Cans, Art Alternatives, Purity Organic, Escape CamperVans, Klean Kanteen, Oakland Public Library and the Estria Foundation. Contestants include: Visual Element (Oakland), Get Active (Oakland), Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles), CYPHERS (Phoenix), Precita Eyes (San Francisco), and RYSE Center (Richmond).

When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Mixed Media Image: "True Love" by a student from the Get Active Program

Join us to enjoy the art work by Oakland students, a mixture of illustrations done in marker, acrylics and aerosol!

In July 2012, 15 year old Hadari Askari, an aspiring Fire Fighter, was shot and killed in the Havenscourt community in East Oakland, where he lived. No child or young person deserves a trajectory that ends at age 15. All children and youth deserve an opportunity to reach their full potential and live a full life. The address the violence plaguing this community and to place youth at the center of the solution, Safe Passages has forged an exciting new partnership to implement an arts based program aimed at communication the value and potential of youth living in this neighborhood.

The program name, Get Active, is a co-option and turning of a phrase, which youth in Oakland use, that connotes fighting as in the need "to get active" to resolve conflict. The program is designed to promote social justice and cultural awareness with a strong emphasis on leadership development and community engagement. Youth in the program also receive experiential training in aerosol arts, graphic design, illustration, airbrushing, and mural production.

Jonathan Brumfield, the Urban Arts Manager for Safe Passages explains, "While working in the neighborhood schools, we realized that many of our your have a deep interest in the arts, but were disengaged from regular school learning. We decided to couple urban arts with the fields of ethnic studies, history and social movements in the United States." Get Active is developing a cadre of of 74 youth leaders in the Havenscourt community ages 14-19, to design and youth led community safety strategies utilizing Urban Arts and social justice as a framework. The program includes the following components:

1) Urban Arts

2) Community Outreach

3) Conflict Resolution & Restorative Justice

4) Case Management

Get Active is an exciting new public-private partnership amongst the following entities: Safe Passages, Oakland schools, Reaching Expanding Adolescent Lives Choices (R.E.A.L. Choices), Oakland Housing Authority (OHA).

 

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Saturday, April 26, 2014
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There's always more than what meets the eye at first glance. Through digital layering effects on Adobe Photoshop, Layers Revealed brings transparency to photograhic images, revealing deeper hidden narratives. (All photographs used are originals shot by the student artists of Oakland Technical High School's fashion, Art & Design Academy (FADA), Grades 10 to 12.

When: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

David Peniston is a Bay Area artist who has had a number of showings of his work throughout  the Pacific Northwest, California and the Midwest. He has won numerous awards for his paintings, including First Place Award from the Artist Gallery in Oakland.  He is showing works of mixed media and small sculpture in the Rockridge Library Lobby Display Case.  For more information go to the artist’s website.

Where: Main Library
When: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Oakland Public Library's Main Library celebrates National Poetry Month with two building-wide exhibits in April.

See "Poetic Steps," and experience poetry as you climb our stairs from the sidewalk to the penthouse.  Nursery rhymes, classics, and Youth Poet Laureate entries -- they're all here. 

We're also featuring Concrete Poetry in posters all around the building. What's Concrete Poetry?  It's poetry in which the poet arranges the words of a poem into shapes that help convey the poem's meaning. 

When: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - Thursday, June 19, 2014
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By Fine Artist Milton 510 Bowens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           objective

March 29, 2014 - June 19, 2014    

Artist Statement

The objective of art is to give life to reality. If you take the time and look very, very hard you will find the truth. I paint America as I see it not as I dream it and every time I paint America's portrait, I lose a friend. History and Truth have never seen eye to eye.