Oakland Public Library Announces Limited Edition Library Card Contest Celebrating African Americans and the Arts in Oakland

Special Library Card Contest celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the arts in Oakland

Media Contact: Tarshel Beards. tbeards@oaklandlibrary.org 

Oakland, CA – October 12, 2023 – The Oakland Public Library is thrilled to announce the special limited-edition Library Card Contest, a creative initiative celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the arts in Oakland. This contest will run from October 15 to November 15, 2023, with the winning designs featured on library cards available to patrons February 1, 2024, in celebration of Black History Month. 

Oakland has a rich history of artistic innovation by African Americans that has shaped the culture, political landscape and social justice movements in the city.  This contest celebrates these contributions in the arts highlighting literature, poetry, visual arts, music, theatre and the performing arts. Additionally, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip hop, a special category is dedicated to this groundbreaking art form.  

"We are excited to provide a platform for artists of all ages to celebrate the cultural heritage and artistic contributions of African Americans in Oakland," said Library Director Jamie Turbak.  "This contest allows OPL to showcase the incredible talent and creativity of Oaklanders of all ages; I hope people will collect all six cards.” 

The contest is open to visual artists of all ages (children, teens, and adults). There will be six winners, two selected from each age group. Artists are encouraged to submit original, digital, or traditional artwork that represents their chosen category and reflects the theme.  A panel of judges, including representatives from the Oakland Public Library and local artists, will evaluate submissions based on creativity, relevance to the theme and artistic skill. 

The winners will be officially notified on December 5, 2023, and their art will be featured in an exhibit installation during Black History Month 2024. Additionally, winners will receive special recognition and prizes. 

For more information, official rules, and submission guidelines, please visit: www.oaklandlibrary.org/artcontest 



About the Oakland Public Library 

The Oakland Public Library is a part of the City of Oakland in California and has been in existence since 1878. Locations include 16 neighborhood branches, a Main Library, a Second Start Adult Literacy Program, the Oakland Tool Lending Library, and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO). The Oakland Public Library empowers all people to explore, connect, and grow. oaklandlibrary.org 


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