Oakland culture is unmatched. No other city in the world blends art, activism, and spirituality the way Oaklanders do.
Next year, Betti Ono will celebrate a decade of serving Oakland as an artistic space that fuels that culture and continues Oakland community traditions. We just secured a long-term lease for 1427 Broadway to help ensure our continued presence in the rapidly changing landscape of Downtown Oakland.
This pivotal moment in our story is both a reason to celebrate and to mobilize. Artists and activists have a specific and important role in designing a future for Oakland. That includes bringing the voices of the community to City Hall and other critical spaces where decisions about our future and well-being are made. And it all starts with providing a space big enough to hold our visions for the collective health, happiness, and stability of Oaklanders--Betti Ono is that space.
Why donate to #BettiOnoForTheCulture?
Because the story of Oakland is not just a narrative of displacement. It’s true that the landscape of our Town is rapidly transforming due to economic forces, now more than ever in our history. But Oakland natives are still here. Communities of color continue to innovate and cultivate art in and around us. And Betti Ono continues to fulfill a critical need as a meeting space for our communities, and a platform for discussions on social issues that spark creativity + dialogue + action.
We achieve this through our dynamic and ever-relevant programming. In the next year, we will reignite our cultural think tank, The Fire Next Time; launch a multi-year artist’s residency; reach even more young people with our biggest ever annual youth summit; and continue to build on our work with Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition to activate a new wave of citizen advocacy inclusive of artists and cultural workers.
Your contribution to this campaign provides core operating support and powers:
● (1) Season of Betti Ono cultural events, workshops, and public programming
● (5) Artists Residencies for the multi-year project, The Fire Next Time: A Call & Response: Intelligent Mischief and the Wakanda Dream Lab, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Zakiya Harris, House of Malico, & Alena Museum
● (2) Cultural Think Tanks engaging artists, collaborators, supporters & partners in visioning our future
● (2) Betti Ono Fellowships for arts and culture professionals of color
● (1) Betti Ono exhibition including design, materials, production, and installation
More about Betti Ono
Betti Ono is an arts venue, gallery and community meeting space located in downtown Oakland, California. Our vision and creative practice embody the bold, curious and unapologetic spirit of our name-sakes: Betti Mabry Davis and Yoko Ono. We value art-making as a form and function of activism, self-determination, community transformation, and cultural resilience. We celebrate the culture of everyday people and focus our core work on participation, accessibility, and inclusivity. We are 100% Black women led and operated, dedicated to amplifying the work and voices of under-represented communities of color with a specific focus on serving women of color artists, and black and brown artists and youth.
Visit bettiono.com for more information.