CANCELLED Heroes of Unity Reception
This program has been cancelled as a precaution to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our apologies.
Join artists from Heroes of Unity for a free reception. Learn more about the artist's processes, and join them for some hands-on activities. Light refreshments will be provided.
Heroes of Unity, a program of Collective Action Studio, empowers the public to tell the story of an evolving city through participatory printmaking and public programming. We establish pop-up, participatory and public-art workstations to investigate and visually record the history of and contemporary face of our diverse city. We question the way that the race-line in America has shifted over the years, focusing both on the stories and faces of immigrants new and old as well as on the stories of citizens who experience race and immigration in meaningful ways. The program focuses on creating an “open-source” portrait of the diverse community of Oakland. The project is a collaboration with The Unity Council and the Oakland Public Library, made possible with support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.
Heroes of Unity uses a fleet of custom designed mobile print-making units built on industrial cargo bicycles. These units venture out into the community to collect and share stories and images from community members. The project occurs through participatory art making activities and temporary installations and the bikes are operated by professional artists and young artists ages 13-18. The mobile printmaking bikes go to special events held at the multiple branches of the Oakland Public Library, at The Unity Council’s Dia de los Muertos festival, the Oakland Art Murmur, and at other pop-up locations.
Artists include: Julian Allen, Aisling Baus, Daria Belle, Makeda Booker, Sidney Brooder, Claudio Lopez Campechano, Fusako Chapman, Sergio De La Torre, Natalie (Mooka) Dharmapalan Lauren Granados Gonzalo Hildago Justin Hoover Lisa Koyama Max Jessica Wong Lynn Yaguchi