Life is Living is an eco-equity, interdisciplinary festival that centers historically underserved neighborhoods and communities with programming in public spaces that have been otherwise neglected. For the last 13 years, the Life is Living Festival has taken place at Little Bobby Hutton Park in West Oakland but due to the impacts of COVID and wildfires we must host the festival virtually this year.

Our cohort consists of 100+ artists and organizations who power the festival as an intergenerational kaleidoscope of Oakland life. We’ve been Keeping Oakland, Oakland Since 08, holding sacred space in the vein of resistance, art, love, honoring Black and Brown Lives, and being a catalyst for larger discussions around environmental racism, social ecology and social responsibility. Life is Living will remain the beloved event you know and love so RSVP to get full access to all of your favorite zones and activations.


Technical Assistance for Oakland Arts

As a project of the City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Department and the Federal CARES program we are providing 15 free workshops will be provided to Oaklanders through the entirety of this no-cost online program designed for Oakland Organizations and Artists between November 9th, and December 10, 2020. Technical Assistance areas that will be addressed are training on online tools available for programming and production; producing content utilizing low-cost tools and technology; the aesthetic associated with virtual presentations; social media and marketing strategies; and strategies on how to monetize one’s presence. Youth Speaks will be partnering with YR Media, Zoo Labs, and the Life is Living Cohort, and the workshops will focus on the needs/wants areas of the artists/organizations, as well as provide coaching sessions between teams from the providers ( Youth Speaks Productions, Zoo Labs YR Media and the Life is Living Cohort) and the participants.