Alena in the News

Alena Museum was listed as Best Multi-Use Museum in West Oakland!


"Founded in 2015, Alena Museum is the labor of love of Hager Seven Asefaha who transformed a warehouse in West Oakland into a fully functioning space to host art and culture events and serve as a studio space where artists can evolve and grow their ideas. Asefaha dubbed the space Alena Museum — “Alena” means “we are here” in Tigrigna, a language spoken in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia. The central intention of Alena Museum is to support and advance the cultural richness of the African Diaspora, and since its founding, it has hosted locals such as Club Chai and Bryant Terry, and notable out-of-town visitors including South London’s Groundnut Collective, DJ Eden Hagos, and author and poet Malanda Jean-Claude. Currently, a core group of artists lead the efforts in developing programming at Alena Museum, including founder and curator Asefaha, filmmaker and visual artist Sephora Woldu, photographer and The House of Malico co-founder Sasha Kelley, muralist Andre Jones, and multimedia artist Lance Coleman." (RG)

See the full list at: East Bay Express



Alena Museum was featured in an article in a News & Opinion Feature in East Bay Express titled "Oakland’s Black Artists Make Space for Themselves," by Janelle Bitaker.




Alena Museum was a 2016 and 2017 recipient of grants by Bay Area-based nonprofit Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST's) funding to Oakland-based art groups to ensure the viability of artist communities in a rapidly-gentrifying Oakland. (Joshua Bote)  

More information about the grants and the full list of recipients can be found at KQED.