Save the weekend of August 20-21 for the 16th annual Art + Soul festival on the streets and plaza in front of Oakland City Hall. This year’s festival is headlined by Oakland’s own Tony Toni Toné and the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, celebrating their tenth year of offering high-caliber music education to Oakland youth. The City-sponsored festival also includes gospel, blues, circus and dance stages, an artisan marketplace, an instrument petting zoo hosted by the Oakland Symphony, Family Fun Zone and the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ competition. Art + Soul is produced by the City’s Cultural Arts & Marketing Divison.
Starting this month, the Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center is offering very low cost, fast turnaround design and marketing services for small businesses. Oakland Digital has joined with the City’s Business Assistance Center, Google and the Warriors Community Foundation to launch BRIDGEGOOD, a platform that connects talented early-stage creative designers to small businesses. Oakland Digital’s local designers will provide up to 150 small businesses with a range of business marketing services, including brochures, logos, stationary, videos and other graphic design services within a seven day period. For more information or to sign up, go to Bridgegood.com or contact Juno Thomas and Susana Villarreal at the Oakland Business Assistance Center.
Nearly 1,000 young
adults attended the Boys and Men of Color Career Summit in Oakland on July 21, along with U.S. Secretary of
Education John King, former NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch, and My Brother's Keeper
Alliance CEO, Blair Taylor. Thirty employers helped young adults explore career pathways at their organizations and conducted 600 job
interviews. Congratulations to the nearly 350 new hires who were offered jobs on the spot!
Oakland toymaker GoldieBlox is on a mission to get girls passionate about engineering. Launched by a Stanford Engineering graduate in 2012, the local toy line is now carried worldwide by over 6,000 retailers. Goldieblox has now created a GoldieBlox mobile app that teaches the fundamentals of computer science, featuring hero GoldieBlox and Princess-turned-Engineer Ruby Rails. Oakland families looking for even more STEM activities for girls should check out this resource guide from local nonprofit TechBridge, which provides after-school and summer programs at Oakland public schools.
One of Oakland’s newest buildings, the 92-unit Lakeside Senior Apartment building, has won the prestigious AIA-HUD Secretary's 2016 Design Award. Designed by David Baker Architects, the new building provides homes for seniors, including formerly homeless seniors, just one block from the renovated Lake Merritt waterfront and within walking range of parks, playgrounds, restaurants, and shops. The building is topped by a fifth-floor suite of community spaces, including garden plots for residents, a community room, kitchen, outdoor decks and a wellness studio—all with spectacular lake and city views.
Hundreds of people came out on July 28th to celebrate the grand opening of Latham Square, where Uptown and Downtown meet. "This is a magical space," declared Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Latham Square is the most
recent example of Oakland’s commitment to building public spaces that encourage social connection and support neighborhoods,
mobility, economic development and healthy living.”
The City of Oakland has recently established a new Department of Transportation (DOT) with responsibility for transportation planning and design, repaving, street and sidewalk maintenance, safety and parking. Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy at the transportation consulting firm Nelson/Nygaard, is serving as Interim Director, bringing more than 20 years of experience helping cities across the world achieve economic development, quality of life, social equity and ecological sustainability goals. Describing transportation’s value to the local economy, Tumlin says, “Movement in itself is value neutral. But the opportunity for movement creates or accelerates economic opportunities.”