Afro Health and Wellness
Jan
13
11:00 AM11:00

Afro Health and Wellness

" Together we heal, we find sustainability, and we grow. " 

ALena Museum kicks off our first Health and Wellness gathering of 2018 with a donation based Yoga session lead by instructor Josie Santiago. This is a sliding scale event $6-$15. 

Be ready to hold space for yourself through a 60-minute gentle yoga session for all levels and experience. If you need any additional props, please bring them. There will be a limited # of props available.No Yoga Mat? That’s ok. Feel free to bring a long towel or blanket.

Complimentary: Hot Tea and lime/cucumber infused spring water
Poetry Reading by Fatima Nasiyr
$5 smoothies served up by Green Lids. 

We will also have a Vegan Potluck happening after the Yoga session. To participate please just bring a dish to share. 
11:00am-11:30pm: Meet n Greet
11:40-1 pm: Gentle Yoga, Poetry Reading
12:40-2pm: Eat and Chill

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Dec
30
11:00 AM11:00

Open Studios

Open Studios is a program that provides interdisciplinary artists and artist collectives free access to utilize Alena Museum for co-working, art creation and curate community events. Artists and art collectives have access to 2,000 square feet in the main gallery, a 150 square foot annex and private conference rooms. Artists and arts collectives also enjoy free wifi, a kitchen, two bathrooms, lighting, printers, and sound equipment.                

Alena Museum - 2725 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA, 94607, United States (map) 

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Spirit Water Project Presents “Fluid Roots: Rehydrating the Spirit”
Nov
25
1:00 PM13:00

Spirit Water Project Presents “Fluid Roots: Rehydrating the Spirit”

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This workshop will center on tools for self-care. Resources and an introduction to Kemetic Spiritual teachings will be provided, as well as an introduction to Dr. Sebi’s “Bolingo Diet”.

“Fluid Roots” is a restorative justice gathering for POC to recall and reclaim the nourishment that keeps them rooted in self-care.

Event Flow
Potluck (send guidelines for food offerings)
Meditation and Sound Healing
Introductory Activities/Writing Prompts
Community Healing Circle/Discussion
Closing Meditation/Movement

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Detox AfroTech Unconference
Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00

Detox AfroTech Unconference

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AfroTech produced by Blavity promises to be a weekend packed full of informative sessions, however, no tech conference can cover every topic on people's minds and often fall short on community engagement and social justice issues. We have organized this community networking event and un-conference to engage the Bay Area tech and artist community at the cross section of social justice and wellness to foster ideas to empower the African diaspora utilizing technology.

for more information visit : https://theuniondetox.splashthat.com/

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Spirit Water Project / "Bones & Soil"
Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

Spirit Water Project / "Bones & Soil"

“Bones & Soil” is a Kemetic-based Yoga and Meditation workshop for community discussion on healing.  The workshop will conclude with a restorative justice style community discussion on ways to continue our individual journeys into our higher/more healed selves.

Itinerary:
Settling into the space / fruit offerings
Opening Circle; Spirit Water Mission Statement, Group Intros
45 Min. 
Vinyasa flow Yoga + Meditation
“Grounding Out”/ Closing Circle

This project made possible by Alena Museum's Holding Space Initiative

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Keeping Space - Oakland Application Workshop
Jun
29
4:00 PM16:00

Keeping Space - Oakland Application Workshop

Keeping Space – Oakland is CAST’s new pilot program dedicated to providing training and funding for Oakland arts and cultural organizations seeking real estate assistance. Through direct financial grants, one-on-one technical assistance, and real estate readiness training, CAST’s goal is to provide safe, stable, permanent, and affordable real estate solutions for Oakland’s local arts organizations.

RSVP now for an Application Workshop and/or Clinic to learn more about the program, ask your questions before applying, and receive a 15-minute one-on-one consult with CAST staff. Light refreshments will be provided.

Application Workshops
At the workshops, you will get a thorough review of the guidelines and key application questions.

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Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

Terrestrial Footprints Part 2 (creation story)

Terrestrial Footprints Part 2 (Creation Story) (#TFP2) is an evening-length premiere choreographed and performed by Cherie Hill IrieDance with artists Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban, Andreina Maldonado, Hope McManus, and Rose Rothfeder featuring live dub music by Brizion Dubwize.

oving through vortexes, glitches, and the space between time, TFP2 tells the story of five female constellations and their descent to earth. Choreography focuses on sound effects found in dub reggae music, vibration and reverberation, echo, time-lapse, and abstraction.

Cherie Hill began choreographing to dub music in 2011 after attending her first full soundsystem event at the USA Roots Reggae Dub Expo. The driving beats, pleasantly distorted effects, and booming bass that called for earthy, pulsating dance caused her body to explode, and she immediately began to improvise and choreograph to dub rhythms. In 2012 she started Dub Dance Project; a series of site-specific dance videos, and performed Dub Dance Live at the Black Choreographer’s Festival. Terrestrial Footprints premiered in Oakland June 2015 with TFP2 dancers and dub music created by Brizion, rearranged by Peter Lionheart. 

Hill's experiment with contemporary dance, African aesthetics, and improvisation continues with TFP2, a prequel to the first. This works soars deep into the essences of dub sounds and music, a hybrid of African/Caribbean/European influences, and replicates sound effects on the dancing body through a feminist lens. Hill exclaims, "I see the potential of this music to display emotions, celestial awakenings, and heightened consciousness ...as an artist I am eager to tap into its power for storytelling and abstraction."

Cherie and dancers will host a Q & A session following Friday night's opening performance.

Link to tickets below or cash at door $15-$35

For more info on Cherie Hill visit http://www.iriedance.com/

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Jun
2
8:00 PM20:00

Terrestrial Footprints Part 2 (creation story)

Terrestrial Footprints Part 2 (Creation Story) (#TFP2) is an evening-length premiere choreographed and performed by Cherie Hill IrieDance with artists Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban, Andreina Maldonado, Hope McManus, and Rose Rothfeder featuring live dub music by Brizion Dubwize.

oving through vortexes, glitches, and the space between time, TFP2 tells the story of five female constellations and their descent to earth. Choreography focuses on sound effects found in dub reggae music, vibration and reverberation, echo, time-lapse, and abstraction.

Cherie Hill began choreographing to dub music in 2011 after attending her first full soundsystem event at the USA Roots Reggae Dub Expo. The driving beats, pleasantly distorted effects, and booming bass that called for earthy, pulsating dance caused her body to explode, and she immediately began to improvise and choreograph to dub rhythms. In 2012 she started Dub Dance Project; a series of site-specific dance videos, and performed Dub Dance Live at the Black Choreographer’s Festival. Terrestrial Footprints premiered in Oakland June 2015 with TFP2 dancers and dub music created by Brizion, rearranged by Peter Lionheart. 

Hill's experiment with contemporary dance, African aesthetics, and improvisation continues with TFP2, a prequel to the first. This works soars deep into the essences of dub sounds and music, a hybrid of African/Caribbean/European influences, and replicates sound effects on the dancing body through a feminist lens. Hill exclaims, "I see the potential of this music to display emotions, celestial awakenings, and heightened consciousness ...as an artist I am eager to tap into its power for storytelling and abstraction."

Cherie and dancers will host a Q & A session following Friday night's opening performance.

Link to tickets below or cash at door $15-$35

For more info on Cherie Hill visit http://www.iriedance.com/

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