Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund

A Partnership of the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division, Akonadi Foundation, and East Bay Community Foundation

Sparking Radical Hope for a Racially Just Oakland

The application deadline for 2020 is past. A new grant cycle will open in late spring, 2021. To receive information and updates on future grant opportunities click here.

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Great imagination is needed in moments of profound crisis. It is needed to help us see beyond a bewildering present and a troubled past to embrace an uncharted future. What collaborative ideas, designs, and tools will we need to craft the just, healthy, and whole city we dream of? To generate an array of answers to that question, we turn to our visionaries, artist activists, and resilient culture keepers to help us imagine new landscapes and narratives, liberate unrealized potential, recover old wisdoms, and spark radical hope.

Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund is a new multi-year program that funds Oakland cultural practitioners of color to radically reimagine a racially just city.

The Fund is a unique public-private partnership inspired by the cultural equity vision lifted up in the City of Oakland’s cultural plan, Belonging in Oakland. The partnership unifies Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division’s vision with the racial justice mission of the Akonadi Foundation, and the power building commitment of East Bay Community Foundation.

The Fund is made possible with major funding from the Surdna Foundation’s national initiative Radical Imagination for Racial Justice and additional funding from the Akonadi Foundation.

Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation. 

Angela Y. Davis, Women, Culture, & Politics