Cultural Plan

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City of Oakland Cultural Plan Community Review

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.

Click here for the Press Release.


Two community meetings were held this spring to discuss the draft plan:

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018, 3 to 5 p.m., Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue

For those unable to join one of these scheduled meetings, other engagement opportunities included:

  • Emailing suggestions and comments to
  • Leaving a voice message on the Cultural Plan hotline at (510) 833-6725
  • Mailing suggestions and comments to: Roberto Bedoya, Manager, Cultural Affairs Division, Economic & Workforce Development Dept., 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 9th Floor, Oakland CA 94612

Once released, in addition to downloading from this web page, hard copies of the draft plan may be picked up during normal business hours from the Cultural Affairs Division, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 9th Floor.
Community comments received on the draft plan will inform the final draft that will advance later this year to the Oakland City Council for their deliberation and adoption.

Community Engagement

Prior information on the Cultural Plan process:

An important element to the success of the Cultural Plan is engaging the community throughout the process.

The planning process includes a series of activities that give community members across the City various opportunities to engage and envision how the cultural and creative life of Oakland can be supported and strengthened. Public engagement is essential, and the comments and recommendations gathered through this process will help shape the cultural plan. There are in-person meetings and an online survey (in English: y una encuesta electrónica en español: to make your voice heard.

There will be facilitated “Make It Yours” Community Dialogues in each Council District this Fall, as well as informal “Cultural Conversations” with the Cultural Affairs Manager at smaller venues throughout the City.

"Make It Yours" Community Dialogues:

Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. - noon
East Oakland Boxing Association, 816 98th Ave. (Council District 7)

To join the conversation, RSVP here.

These community meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. To request disability-related accommodations or to request an ASL, Cantonese, Mandarin or Spanish interpreter, please email, call (510) 238-2136 or call TDD/TTY (510) 238-2007 at least five working days before the meeting. Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting as a courtesy to attendees with chemical sensitivities.


Informal “Cultural Conversations” with Cultural Affairs Manager Roberto Bedoya for those interested specifically in the arts community:

As the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland, I'm excited to invite you to attend the second round of conversations about the city's new cultural planning activities. In this round of conversation, we will dialogue further about the Creative Sector, Cultural Equity, Creative Work Development. Here are four coming opportunities in different parts of the city. Pick a time and date when you register! RSVP here.

Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager

The Creative Sector: Non-profit, for-profit, or all the above?
Creative endeavors in Oakland happen in many ways and through different means. Come talk about how you do your work and compare notes with others.
Saturday October 7
@ Zoo Labs 1035 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Why we are here: Making new work/Making a new world
Bring your disciple-bending ideas. Share your up & coming voice, take off your administrator hat, and tell us what makes your world go round.
Monday October 16
@ Red Bay Coffee Address: 3098 E 10th St, Oakland, CA 94601

What does equity look like?
The push for equity and justice is moving city governments to think and act differently. Where and how does cultural equity fit into this picture? Come help define what this should mean for Oakland.
Thursday November 2
@ Intertribal Friendship House 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting as a courtesy to attendees with chemical sensitivities.

For those unable to join one of these scheduled meetings or conversations, other engagement opportunities are available, including:


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

RFQ Process

In January 2017, the Cultural Affairs Division released a Request for Qualifications.

Responses were due by February 7, 2017.

Staff reviewed the submittals and interviewed consultant teams.

Past Related Activities

Previous “Make It Yours” Community Dialogues:

Friday, Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m.
Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave. (Council District 1)

Sunday, Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd. (Council District 5)

Monday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. - noon
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St., Suite 290 (Council District 2)

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 4-6 p.m.
Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway (Council District 3)

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2-4 p.m.
Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave. (Council District 4)

Thursday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. - noon
Heartlands Merchant Association, 5856 Foothill Blvd. (Council District 6)

Previous, informal “Cultural Conversations” with Cultural Affairs Manager Roberto Bedoya for those interested specifically in the arts community:

Thursday, Aug. 24, 4-6 p.m.
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park's Center for History & Community, 2488 Coolidge Ave.

Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. - noon
Farley’s East, 33 Grand Ave.

Saturday, Sept. 9, 4-6 p.m.
RBA Creative, 3718 MacArthur Blvd.

Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-8 p.m.
E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th St.

Contact Us

Roberto Bedoya Cultural Affairs Manager (510) 238-2136