Keeping Space – Oakland is a new pilot grant program dedicated to preserving real estate for arts and culture organizations that are facing displacement due to rising rents. Operated by the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) in partnership with the Northern California Community Loan Fund, the program uses direct financial grants, one-on-one technical assistance and real estate training to help local arts groups secure affordable, long-term and safe spaces. Keeping Space - Oakland is supported with funding from the Kenneth Rainin and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations. The first round of program applications is due Friday, February 10. An information session will be held on Thursday, February 2, at the San Antonio Senior Center in Fruitvale from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit Keeping Space - Oakland.
After a wildly successful inaugural year in Oakland, the NewCo festival is back in the Bay Area from February 6-9. NewCo is an internationally-known organization that identifies, celebrates and connects the business engines of positive change in society. During NewCO Bay Area, you can visit and explore over 30 Oakland companies, including North Oakland's Destiny Arts Center, West Oakland's Cooper Gray Robotics, non-profit growth engine The GreenLight Fund, architecture and design firm Because We Can, digital agency Comrade, innovators Free Range and the City of Oakland’s own Civic Design Lab. Check out the schedule and use our code “BayHC” to get a 25% discount here.
Local sourcing from Oakland-based fabricators is key to growing our creative economy. On January 26, the Made in Oakland Design Expo introduced local producers of custom metal, wood, lighting, furniture, fine art and other building products to the architecture firms, real estate developers and builders currently working in Oakland to help them procure locally. Hosted by SPUR, Oakland Makers, Oakland Grown, the City of Oakland’s Economic & Workforce Development Department, Westlake Urban and Lowney Architecture, the event drew over 100 people. Expo organizers also produced a Directory of Local Fabricators for future projects. To sign up for information about future expos and to view the directory, visit Oakland Makers.
The My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a signature program of the Obama administration, will continue to support Oakland youth in 2017. My Brother's Keeper (MBK) convenes local organizations to provide leadership, resources, technical assistance, and training opportunities for boys and young men of color. Oakland was a pilot city for the program, chosen because of its broad and ongoing commitment to the success of children. In 2017, Oakland’s MBK focus will include GED programs, apprenticeships, entrepreneurialism, summer jobs, financial literacy and access to mentoring and business networks. For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact the Mayor's Director of Collective Impact, Richardo Huerta Niño.
Oakland’s air and sea ports are busier than ever. The Port of Oakland reported record levels of cargo volume, revenues, and nonstop flight destinations in 2016, as well as a record 3 million visitors to Jack London Square. More than 1 million passengers travel through the airport each month. With new flights and routes, Oakland International Airport has become a global destination: it is now the third largest California gateway to Europe, fourth busiest airport in the state, and second busiest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area. Look for Southwest, Spirit, Norwegian, and British Airways to add more nonstop flights to Europe, Mexico, and the US in 2017.
Participatory budgeting is an innovative democratic process that lets residents make proposals and vote on how to spend public budgets. Oakland residents in City Council Districts 1 and 2 are invited to decide how federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in their district should be spent to improve low- to moderate- income communities. Anyone can make a proposal, but only District residents can choose the winners. Visit and vote on dozens of community suggestions at http://pboakland.org/list. Act soon: local residents will choose which projects get funding in February.