3 Days of Service, Community & Celebration
Join us for workshops, performances, and parties.
Lead Up Events
Life is Living, Oakhella & Attitudinal Healing Connection Present
ArtEsteem’s 22nd Annual Exhibition: Planting The Seeds Of ChangeSeptember 28-October 13
September 28-October 13 | ArtEsteem’s 22nd Annual Exhibition: Planting The Seeds Of Change
ArtEsteem’s 22nd Annual Exhibition: Planting The Seeds Of Change
Life is Living and Attitudinal Healing Collective present an online experience takes viewers through a 3-D multimedia exhibit, capturing the stories and ideas of students through artwork, videos and interviews. The exhibit event features new work by students and a comprehensive retrospective of the award-winning program, ArtEsteem.
Support the annual exhibit by visiting the link between September 28th-October 13th, 2020
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Covid 19 is impacting our cities in unimaginable ways. Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC) is delivering supplies to children and youth in our most vulnerable populations. For only $20 you can fund an Art Kit for a Bay Area student. Click here (http://www.ahc-oakland.org/artkits) to support Oakland students.
Friday • October 9
2-4:00 pm PST | Opening Welcome by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Chinaka Hodge
2:30-4 pm PST |Life is Living Presents: Fist Up Media Festival
ft. Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi, Nick James, Bethanie Hines. We present films that are intended to create impact, inspire discussion and foster understanding. By placing emphasis on the connected experiences between global and local communities, we create visual parallels between people’s lived experiences and stories from around the world.
4-6:00 pm PST | Love is Living: A Virtual Open Mic Hosted by Youth Speaks
We are immensely excited to be back with our first Under 21 Open Mic for the year! On October 9th, let's get together to celebrate the ways we've expanded our notions of love, community, places and home during this time of social distance. Our worlds are dramatically changing and now more than ever we need radical love to grow, resist and fight. Bring your poems, songs, speeches, raps or even a dance to show us what this love feels like for you. How do you offer and receive it? Bring your voices, your stories, your full selves and let's celebrate the love that will see us through! Participants (21 and under), register here. Want to join our audience (22+)? Sign up here!
6-9:00 pm PST | Fresh Jamz 2
DJ Odiaka and DJ Delgado have been throwing Fresh Jamz, a monthly party for the past 12 years. Fresh Jamz celebrates the work of the socially conscious good folks of Oakland: teachers, educators, non-profiters, public defenders, artists and more. After a long month of this challenging work, it's time to get together with like-minded folks and let loose to the freshest jamz. Since shelter-in-place they have been throwing a virtual event every 2nd & 4th Fridays.
Saturday • October 10
10-12 pm PST | People's Kitchen Collective Breakfast Cook-A-Long
This year, we are offering a disbursement of over 500 Beloved Community Bags filled with shelf-stable food and wellness kits to encampments in West and East Oakland. We will also provide a virtual Free Breakfast Cook-A-Long that 200 folks can sign up for and pick up a bag with our Free Breakfast recipes, some of the ingredients, and other resources. We are working with former Panthers to honor the legacy of survival programs - like Free Breakfast and Free Groceries for the People - that paved the way for us and many other organizations in our community. The 13th Annual Life is Living will be a virtual experience this year in order to safeguard our community from the impacts of Covid-19 and the wildfire air quality. The Beloved Community Bags and Free Breakfast Cook-A-Long is a shift to meet these safety needs. Typically PKC serves a hot, delicious, and nutritious breakfast of grits, greens, biscuits, and scramble for free to hundreds of community members. For more information and to sign up for the virtual Free Breakfast Cook-A-Long, click here
10-12 pm PST | Kids Zone, Curated by Emily Butterfly
The Kids Zone offers a fabulous lineup of storytelling, music, singalongs, and puppetry, including:
- Storyteller Kanyon Sayers-Roods. Kanyon is Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash; she also goes by her given Native name, Hahashkani, which in Chumash means "Coyote Woman". Cozy up with Kanyon and enjoy her word weaving imagery through her wonderful storytelling.
- Music with Everyday Party.This dynamic musical duo is composed of the crafty tune collaborators: Iwilani Venerable and Monica Hastings Smith. They are both music educators in the Bay Area who will keep your body moving and vocal chords crooning to their totally fun and educational songs.
- Storybook wizard Robert Trujillo will be sharing the beautiful books he writes and illustrates!
- The Oakland Public Library will be represented by the West Oakland branch's new children's librarian, Mikal Hemingway!
- Musical virtuoso, Gabby La La will delight you with a totally sweet and inviting singalong!
- Ms. Emily Butterfly and her puppet friends edutain with a faery magical story that encourages unlimited devotion and joyous stewardship of the Earth.
11am-5pm PST | Africa In Oakland With Madelyn Adande M’baye, founder of Drianke Entertainment | PUB, CC, ASL
Madelyn Adande M’Baye is back at it. Join us for a full day of dance classes at the AIO Virtual Dance Zone. We may be virtual, but we can still celebrate and enjoy your favorite Life is Living Zones!
Madelyn Adande M’baye is a dancer, performer, and attorney. M’baye splits her time between a thriving career and her artistic calling. As the Founder of Drianke Entertainment, M’baye seeks to share the gem of African artistry that she found in Oakland more than 20 years ago. To that end, Drianke Entertainment has managed the national and international careers of traditional African artists, organized dance workshops, and has curated the “Africa in Oakland” dance zone at the annual Youth Speaks Life is Living Festival for the past 10 years!!
12-2 pm PST | Kids/Family Zone: Destiny Arts Center
Join Destiny Arts Center in the Kids Zone for a curated segment featuring mindfulness exercises, interviews, dance, movement, and much more!
Destiny Arts Center believes that art and movement gives young people a vehicle for self and community expression. Founded by Black and Queer dance and martial artists in 1988, Destiny uses movement-based arts to uplift youth voice, supporting pathways for young people to express themselves, advocate for justice and equity, fight against the systemic racism that continues to impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and build a community where everyone feels seen, valued, and free.
12-2 pm PST |Life is Living Presents: The Crucible
The Crucible's Fuego Leadership Program welcomed 5 teens back to the classroom this summer where they honed their artistic skills and created stunning industrial artwork. During the virtual presentation you'll meet Alexandria in Glass Flameworking, Max in Blacksmithing, Elisa in ARC Welding, Leslie in Jewelry, and Lauren in Leatherworking. Get an up close and personal view of their industrial and fine art techniques and demonstrations recorded live at The Crucible.
2-4 pm PST | In Real Life: A Conversation Between Black Men and Women
In Real Life: A Conversation Between Black Men and Black Women explores our relationships with romantic partners, friends, family, and community. We get super vulnerable and deep, but find gold at the bottom of the well. We're celebrating each other by talking through how to best love on one another and what we need form each other. Of course there are tears, but there's also an incredible amount of laughter and joy.
This documentary was created in partnership with Tayleur Crenshaw and Maud Alcorn, the founders of @Gold.Beams, and Marquis Hunt, founder of @WelcomeToTheTableSF.Credits For the In Real Life: A Conversation Between Black Men and Black Women:
- Presented By: Gold Beams / @Gold.Beams
- Presented By: Welcome to the Table / @WelcomeToTheTableSF
- Executive Producer & Director: Marquis / @TheMarquis_
- Executive Producer & Director: Maud / @Maud.Alcorn
- Executive Producer & Director: Tayleur / @BeamMeUpTayleur
- Panelist: Denzel / @Denzelous_SoRealeous
- Panelist: Jacob / @JacobDelOakland
- Panelist: Lyn / @PoetryNTings
- Panelist: Marquis / @TheMarquis_
- Panelist: Maud / @Maud.Alcorn
- Panelist: Tayleur / @BeamMeUpTayleur
- Director of Photography & Set Designer: Dorean / @DoreanRaye
- Location: Oakstop / @Oakstop
- Set Materials: Alena Museum / @AlenaMuseum
2-4 pm PST | Dark Star Universe Presents: Resistance Hangar
Dark Star Universe presents the premiere of "Resistance Hangar", a stop motion animated film featuring heroes of color with a sci fi backdrop parallel to the Star Wars universe.
3:15-4 pm PST | Photography for Everyone: Phone Photography & Editing with Lara Kaur
Interested in photography but don’t have a camera on you? Good news! “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” Join Lara Kaur in a phone photography workshop where you’ll learn how to create and capture beautiful images with your phone and how to edit your images with VSCO editing tools. Four free VSCO memberships will be offered to the first four participants who sign up.
4-5:30 pm PST | Cal Shakes Theater Stage
For 2020 — the year of perfect vision — the Life is Living Theater Stage is delving into the truth that OUR TIME IS SACRED. This year’s virtual stage will feature pieces that celebrate/investigate/demand/create T I M E as it relates to Black and Brown bodies and lives.
7-9pm PST | Oakhella Presents: Celebrations and Dedications
Oakhella Presents: Celebrations and Dedications This dance party is for the movers, for those ready to let go of what weighs them down. Join Oakhella residents DJ Kream and Drow Flow for a special offering of intentional, high vibration rug cuttin’ to follow the second day of the 2020 Life is Living festival.
Sunday • October 11
12-1:30 pm PST | YAK Films Dance Battle
Yak Films flipped the script and organized an online dance battle for the 2020 Life is Living Festival. Established in 2008 in Oakland, California, YAK is dedicated to bringing quality local visuals to a growing global audience. While the pandemic has severely impacted our ability to gather and travel, the creative energy in the global dance community remains alive and vibrant. Share this moment with our community as they battle it out in the park for us, for you, and for everybody out there looking for inspiration.
3-6:00 pm PST | Life is Living MainStage
The 2020 Life is Living Festival is still bringing all the vibes to our virtual stage! Tune in to our incredible lineup of artists:
- Lady Ryan| 3-6:00PM PST
- G. Yamazawa| 3:15PM PST
- AroMa| 3:35 PST
- Siaira Shawn| 4:15PM PST
- The Futurelics| 4:50PM PST
- Charlotte Dos Santos| 5:25PM PST
- Rich Medina| 5:40 PST
7-8:30 pm PST |Oakland Trilogy w/ Wonway Posibul
Watch excerpts from two plays in Chinaka's Trilogy including "Mirrors In Every Corner" and "Chasing Mehserle". The screening will be followed by a talk with Chinaka Hodge and Sean San José all sandwiched between two DJ sets by Wonway Posibul