Artists Activating Communities

Commons Archive

Whose stories are preserved and whose are lost? This large question is at the heart of Commons Archive, organized by cultural researcher Sue Mark (marksearch) at North Oakland’s Golden Gate Branch Library. Initiated in 2016 in response to profound demographic shifts impacting this community, Commons Archive includes materials, special programs and installations throughout the library. The archive’s unconventional format highlights recollections that, if undocumented, will disappear.

For details of the project, click here and also visit  Also check their 2013-2017 Print Public project.

Exinclusivity – Space of Inclusion

Interdisciplinary artist Taro Hattori is working on his new project Exinclusivity – Space of Inclusion, a socially engaged project collaborating with two of refugee/immigrant community organizations in Oakland. Taro will conduct workshops and interviews with participants, and the result culminates as a multi-media installation at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley in September 2019

For details of the project, click here.

Print Public Residency Program

From its founding days, Kala was envisioned as a place where people gather to exchange creative ideas and share technology and tools. Expanding on this idea, Print Public takes this exchange from the Kala studios out to San Pablo Avenue. Specifically, Print Public provides an opportunity for artists to create temporary public art along the San Pablo Avenue corridor, meeting people where they are, on the street, at bus stops, markets, shops, and in the neighborhood, connecting artists and the community.

Through Print Public, Kala aims to provide a platform for artists to work on interdisciplinary projects with digital or print media while animating public space, reaching new communities, building local partnerships, and deepening neighborhood ties. Print Public is supported, in part, by California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities.

2018-19 Print Public Artists include Christy Chan, Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, Grace Rosario Perkins, Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, t.w.five, and Lexa Walsh. 2018-2019 Print Public exhibition is currently on view in the gallery and related public programs will happen in June-July 2019.