Crowded in the back of St. Vincent de Paul’s community center in downtown Oakland, dozens of people paint an extensive wood panel with a mosaic of images—trees, faces, buildings and flowers and words like “peace,” “love” and “kiss.”
Oakland-based solar company, Sungevity has generously donated solar panels to be installed by volunteers on Oakland’s Green Youth Arts & Media Center to celebrate the occasion, and to show that Oakland is a leader in solving environmental challenges, as well as answering the call to serve our low income youth.
FreshFest Brings Peaceful Vibes, Conscious Hip- hop and Eco-sustainability to Oakland ’s Mosswood Park
Oakland is known nationwide for its reputation as one of the toughest, most urban, and unfortunately crime-ridden cities in America . Yet predicable newspaper headlines announcing the latest outbreak of violence paint a picture of “The Town” which only tells part of the story.
Local volunteers recently converged on a vacant lot at Seminary and Macarthur to install a native wildflower garden under the benevolent gaze of the freshly painted Egyptian deity Ptah Hotep.
A group of Bay Area graffiti artists including Desi of W.O.M.E., Arrow-Soul Council (Epiz, 912, Base 10, Hopes 4, Selk), Mr. E, Melissa and Abicus have been collaborating to create a large scale mural protesting police brutality on the side of a local business on 16th Ave and East 12th Street in Oakland. Christine Joy Ferrer has been taking photos and documenting the process for the Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project.