Oakland City Hall and its immediate surroundings will welcome the second annual Oakland Book Festival on Sunday, May 22. Among the many presenters and moderators, Creative Work Fund recipient Linda Norton featured in a slide presentation and talk about Agricultural Labor and the WPA alongside filmmaker Nora Sweeney at 11 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 (session moderated by Steve Dickison, director of The Poetry Center at SFSU). Norton also is moderating a 2 p.m. session, “Working with Others: Convivial Research,” at the Chamber of Commerce. The session features Manual Callahan of the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy; Stefano Harney, who teaches at Singapore Management University, and Fred Moton, who teaches at the University of California, Riverside. Harney and Moton are co-authors of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study and have collaborated on a number of projects. The Creative Work Fund recommends these and other Oakland Book Festival events: Admission to the Festival is free.
On Saturday, May 21, Arts Benicia, Benicia’s Arts and Culture Commission, and artist Mark Brest van Kempen are hosting a half-day workshop featuring Barbara Goldstein. The workshop runs 1-4 p.m., in the Dona Benicia room at the Benicia Library. Barbara Goldstein is an independent consultant whose practice focuses on public art planning and creative placemaking. She is the former Public Art Director for the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and editor of Public Art by the Book, a primer published by Americans for the Arts and the University of Washington Press. In addition to her work in San Jose, she has directed public art programs in Los Angeles and Seattle.
Event organizers hope that her workshop can kickstart a local arts advocacy effort aimed at strengthening Benicia’s commitment to supporting the arts.
With assistance from the Creative Work Fund, Mark Brest van Kempen and Arts Benicia have been working together and with others in Benicia to bring thoughtful planning about public art to the city’s waterfront development plan.