Nov 29, 2018

Two Pilot Cultural Funding Initiatives Launched

Applications for Cultural Strategists-in-Government, Neighborhood Voices being accepted through Jan. 7

As part of the first steps in implementing the new Cultural Plan, the City of Oakland announced two new pilot Cultural Funding initiatives today that will advance cultural equity, belonging and well-being for all the communities of Oakland. Both initiatives are accepting application through January 7, 2019. Details and links to the online applications can be found at


Mayor's Artist Task Force on Affordable Housing and Workspaces

In 2015, Mayor Schaaf convened a task force to identify strategies for stemming the displacement of artists from Oakland.

  1. A summary of the Task Force’s recommendations are included in the Task Force memorandum.
  2. A more complete compilation of the Task Force’s work is in the final White Paper.

Resources for Arts Organizations and Artists Facing Displacement

Keeping-Space Oakland
CAST’s new pilot program dedicated to preserving real estate for Oakland’s arts and culture organizations that are facing displacement. Through direct financial grants, one-on-one technical assistance and strategic real estate cohort training, CAST’s goal is to provide safe, stable and permanent real estate solutions for Oakland’s local arts organizations. The application period closed February 10.

Kenneth Rainin Foundation's Arts Real Estate Strategy
This website has resources for arts and cultural organizations facing displacement in cities and communities across the country. The collaborative strategy provides a roadmap for arts organizations, cities, funders and others to address the real estate needs of arts and cultural nonprofits. The strategy is based on the Rainin Foundation's success of two projects in San Francisco and on more recent initiatives in Oakland.

Comprehensive Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance. The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services those in need, crisis or transition. To speak with a counselor for assistance and more information, call (323) 933-9244 ext 455.

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