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Cultural Plan

Titled “Belonging in Oakland: A Cultural Development Plan,” the document provides a roadmap to support and lift up the role of culture in building a just and equitable city – so that every Oaklander in every neighborhood has access to cultural amenities.

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Belonging in Oakland: A Cultural Development Plan
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Read the release on the City's first cultural plan in 30 years
Date Posted: August 31st, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
Last Updated: January 20th, 2021 @ 7:51 PM

Launched in April 2017, the citywide plan process included a research and discovery phase as well as a robust community engagement phase with a series of 14 meetings throughout Oakland, a survey of Oakland residents and the creation of a Cultural Asset map. The completed plan was adopted by Oakland City Council in July 2018.


Cultural Plan Appendices

  1. Oakland Cultural Plan - Oakland's Arts and Cultural Economy

  2. Cultural Asset Map Methodology
  3. Community Engagement Report
  4. Cultural Planning Process: Literature Review and References


Mayor's Artist Task Force on Affordable Housing and Workspaces

West Oakland Specific Plan Chapter 8.3 entitled "Fostering the Creative Economy & Cultural Arts Community" begins on page 357

Downtown Specific Plan Chapter 4.8 (page 88) of the Plan Alternatives Report is on Arts & Cultural Heritage

Contact Us

Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager, at or (510) 238-2136