Print Public Residency Program

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 print media and socially engaged art projects and meets 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 opportunities 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 the James Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program, California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities, and by UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund.

The first iteration of Print Public (2013-2015) launched with six artist/artist teams including Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Susan O’Malley, Sue Mark, Swell, and Imin Yeh, working along San Pablo Avenue to create a range of projects. To view the publication for the first iteration of Print Public and learn more about their projects, please look here.

2016-2017 Print Public

Drew Cameron – Rags Make Paper
Rags Make Paper emphasizes an exchange of remnant textiles for handmade paper. The ritual of transforming textile rags into handmade paper is centuries old and lends itself to the innate stories and characteristics imbued into both. In this contemporary iteration community members will have the opportunity to donate unwanted rags in exchange for sheets of handmade paper as well as investigate the process further through reoccurring open enrollment workshops at Kala Art Institute.

Ramekon O’Arwisters – Crochet Jam
Crochet Jam is a community-based art project that invites participants to crochet strips of fabric into large, free-form, organic rag-rug tapestries in a safe environment to foster creativity, liberation, and social interaction. No attempt is made to dictate the creative process and participants crochet together without concern for the finished product. Participants are welcome to bring fabric to contribute to the project. Instruction in single-stitch crochet is provided. Crochet Jam is family friendly; all ages are welcome. Crochet Jam is rooted in a cherished childhood memory that is steeped in the African American traditions of weaving and quilting making. Ramekon’s grandmother allowed him the freedom to add any color or pattern he wanted to her quilts. Togetherness and sharing stories, while calmly quilting without rules in a non-judgmental environment, was important.

Mildred Howard- TBA
My Print Public project will bring to the public the voices and stories of historical and contemporary women from the San Pablo Avenue corridor who are in control of their own destiny. My project will identify and celebrate women from the surrounding neighborhood who have chosen to live their lives their way; in defiance of the voices telling them there are only a few options appropriate to their sex, these women have possessed the courage and ambition to make their own opportunities. My project aims to bring these private stories of trailblazing, independent women to the public; I would love to see their faces and stories on bus kiosks and billboards. In addition to providing inspirational examples, I also aim to prompt a consideration of the benefits and challenges faced by those in positions not traditionally designated for women, and to explore whether popular attitudes toward these women have shifted with time.

Marksearch and Anisha Gade- Commons Archive
Commons Archive is a memory bank housed at the Golden Gate Library that illustrates the lived experience of this North Oakland community. Initiated by cultural researcher Sue Mark (marksearch) and urbanist Anisha Gade, it is a tangible and organic way to share and collect a neighborhood’s history. During regular sessions at the library in Spring, 2017, Sue and Anisha will collect neighbors’ photos, ephemera and memories. This material, along with archival material from the Oakland History Room, The African American Library, and The Emeryville Historical Society forms the ongoing, participatory archive. In collaboration with community members, Sue and Anisha will also organize public programs and installations at the library to showcase the archive’s materials. This project builds on Communities’ Crossing, a two-year interdisciplinary research project about this neighborhood.

Kelly Ording and Jet Martinez– Ms. Tica
Ms. Tica is a multi-disciplinary project created by North Oakland artists Kelly Ording and Jet Martinez that combines printmaking, muralism and installation. Ms.Tica is a persona created by the artists; an anonymous fortune teller who answers the questions posed by those in the community. For this project they partnered with local San Pablo Avenue business, Rock the Bike to create a fictional storefront. The cards will be answered by Ms. Tica and displayed at a later date.

Jenifer K Wofford – TBA
I’m interested in the power of clear illustration, and how personal histories intersect with broader political and historical narratives. Time and subjectivity do funny things to the facts, but these does not diminish the truth of a felt memory. I hope to engage and activate public space through more private conversations with local residents and workers by collecting stories/memories from longtime Kala neighborhood locals and then illustrating a series of compelling images for these tales. Focusing on a small group of 3-4 people to create both focus and diversity, I’d like to make something akin to simple comic-book/leaflets with locals’ stories, as well as make larger works on the sides of neighborhood buildings. I hope to work with youth interns as well. This is an image-driven project with simple concise text captions, as well as a small web project.