Mapping Small Arts and Culture Organizations of Color in Oakland

Gina Acebo and Shelley Trott

This project was commissioned by Akonadi Foundation and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation to addressthe lack of research on small, grassroots arts and culture organizations serving communities of color in Oakland, California. This research investigates the specificity of this sector of the ecosystem—its geography, existing infrastructure, assets, and challenges. By aggregating and analyzing the limited data on these organizations, interviewing a diverse cohort of stakeholders, and gathering existing research on organizations of color and the informal arts sector, this research project takes a first step toward understanding a complex and vibrant sector that builds social bonds, addresses community needs, and contributes to a strong sense of place in Oakland. This benchmark project will encourage funders to adopt intentional investment strategies to support the long-term stability of this important sector.

Source: Executive Summary