Here's a recap from NextCity:
"The venue, Frank Ogawa Plaza, isn’t typically known for its welcoming feel. The grass-and-concrete space in front of City Hall is mostly known for its role as a gathering point for Occupy Oakland protestors. Our City co-founder Jake Levitas describes it as “basically the most underutilized space in Oakland, if not the Bay Area, in terms of where it is now and where it could be. There’s a beautiful lawn; nobody ever plays on it.”
But for three days, the plaza was a welcoming place for everyone to play, whether it was with a giant mancala board or a “photo wall” or an evening storytime. Kids who “think they’re going to get pepper-sprayed” at the plaza, according to Boyle, were helping to run the installations.
“That’s huge, that’s big, to see kids feel like they are reclaiming a public space, that they are wanted and that their creativity is prized,” says Boyle."
Arts-driven event in front of City Hall fosters civic engagement.
After an exciting and challenging jurying process from 30 great applications, 11 projects have been selected to receive funding as part of the first Our City: Oakland Fair! You can read more about the selection process here - ourcity.us3.list-manage.com/tr.... The design teams are now fabricating their projects and preparing them to be experienced by thousands in Frank Ogawa Plaza from February 4-6, 2016!
Now that the open call is complete, we are turning our attention toward creating an experience that inspires creativity and play for all well into the future - and we need your help! There are four ways you can support the Fair today:
1) Volunteer. We have three exciting ways to volunteer, and you can sign up now to be a Greeter, Tracker, or Helper. Please pass the form on to anyone who might be interested! ourcity.us3.list-manage2.com/t...
2) Give Feedback here on Neighborland page to let us know what you think of the selected projects and how to make them even better.
3) Share. Spread the love about the event and our call for volunteers through social media via #OurCityOakland and share the project link with your community: ourcity.is/oakland/
4) Join us to play! Most importantly, join us and thousands of others by coming out February 4-6 to Frank Ogawa Plaza for the first Our City: Oakland Fair!
As always, if you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Together in play,
Ray, Jake, and the Our City Team