Fourth and Final Phase of "100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change"

The recruitment process is underway to find 25 West Oakland families for the fourth and final phase of "100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change," a multiphase community art project, sponsored by F. Noel Perry and the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts (CCA). The families will come together at the M. Robinson Baker YMCA, located at 3265 Market Street in Oakland, as part of the Attitudinal Healing Connection's ArtEsteem Program.

Professional artists from the West Oakland community and students from CCA will work with the families to create individual and collaborative art projects during 10 consecutive weekly workshops to take place January 11 through March 15. The organizers are also still taking applications for artists to facilitate the family workshops. As in the prior three phases of "100 Families Oakland," the families' artwork will be exhibited to the public at the end of the workshop series (date and location to be announced).

About 100 Families Oakland

One hundred families from four Oakland neighborhoods (East Oakland, Chinatown, Fruitvale and West Oakland) are participating in the yearlong project in which they work together under the guidance of professional artists to create paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works centered on the theme of family. The sites for these workshops are East Oakland Youth Development Center, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Unity Council Fruitvale Senior Center and the M. Robinson Baker YMCA in West Oakland. The families are encouraged to create individual art projects as well as work together to create a collaborative art piece.

The purpose is to demonstrate and celebrate the power of families, the creative spirit of Oakland and how art can connect families to families, families to neighborhoods and neighborhoods to neighborhoods. Individual exhibitions feature the artwork of each of the neighborhoods. The project will culminate with an exhibition opening in January 2007 at the Oakland Museum that will feature work from all of the families. Guiding the program are "100 Families Oakland" creative director, artist and philanthropist F. Noel Perry, and the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts.

"To date, the program has exceeded expectations. The time spent together as a family and community is reflected in the artwork being created by Oakland families," said F. Noel Perry, creative director, artist and social entrepreneur.

"We've seen the project create stronger connections within and between families. We hope this experience also encourages all families to work together to address challenges that affect the greater community," said Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, director of the CCA Center for Art and Public Life.

"100 Families" has been so popular that the organizers are now working to secure funding for a new round of neighborhood rotations. They also hope that organizations in other cities will take notice and create similar programs for their communities.

In January 2007, the Oakland Museum of California will present an exhibition of all of the artwork created through "100 Families Oakland."

Oakland families who would like to participate in the upcoming West Oakland phase of "100 Families Oakland" should contact Amana Harris at (510) 652-5530.

About the Center for Art and Public Life

The Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts (CCA) is at the intersection of art, education and community. Connecting art and design with community development, the Center for Art and Public Life enriches education and artistic practice at the college. Its mission is to create community partnerships based on creative practice that serve the CCA community and the diverse populations of Oakland and San Francisco. For more information, please visit center.cca.edu or call (510) 594-3761.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers the bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of architecture, master of fine arts, master of arts and master of architecture degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.

Timeline

January 11–March 15, 2006
Twenty-five West Oakland families will participate in workshops at M. Robinson Baker YMCA, 3265 Market Street, Oakland. March 2006: West Oakland neighborhood families' artwork will be exhibited (date & location TBD) .

August 10–October 13, 2005
Twenty-five Fruitvale neighborhood families participated in workshops at the Unity Council Senior Center in Fruitvale Plaza. October 30, 2005: Fruitvale families' artwork was exhibited at the FDC building at 1249 34th Avenue, Oakland in conjunction with Dia de Los Muertos.

June 23–August 25, 2005
Twenty-five Chinatown neighborhood families participated in workshops at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. August 27–September 21, 2005: Chinatown families' artwork was exhibited at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Chinatown Streetfest.

April 9–June 4, 2005
Twenty-five East Oakland families participated in the inaugural workshops at the East Oakland Youth Development Center. June 16–July 29, 2005: East Oakland families' artwork was exhibited at Gallery 555 in Oakland's City Center.

Media sponsors for "100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change" are KPFA-AM and KPIX-TV/CBS5.

Editors, please note: to arrange interviews and site tours or to access photos and b-roll, contact Kim Lessard at (415) 703-9547 or klessard@cca.edu.