This program aims to foster emerging and established Bay Area artists in creating new works to premiere at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

Past artists-in-residence include Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Philip Huang, Nitya Venkateswaran, Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL), Karmacy, Word & Violin, the Shaolin Buddhist Temple & Education Foundation, Vidya, Kyoungil Ong, Rina Mehta, Jay Loyola, Judith Kajiwara, Seibi Lee, and Naina Shastri.

Artist in Residence 2019

Loiter at SOMArts; photo credit to Scott Tsuchitani 

From left to right: (1)Loiter at SOMArts photo credit to Scott Tsuchitani (2)We are Survivors” from Alie Jones (3)Carson Ash Beker

Bonnie Kwong: 2019 Artist in Residency

Intersectional Theater Project

What Makes Oakland Home?

With support from the California Arts Council, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) partners with poet and playwright Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong (OACC’s 2019 Artist in Residence) in collaboration with playwright Cleavon Smith and director Michael Mansfield on the staging of an original play, a work in progress, around the question “What makes Oakland home? Whose voices are heard?”  Through a series of story circles, the artists will engage with active community members to inform the creation of a play, exhibit, and panel discussion.  The hope is for intersectional narratives to emerge around how Oakland residents hold space and cross paths in this changing city of racial, ethnic, generational, and sexuality differences.

If you are a current or former Oakland resident, worker, or community activist of any background, and the following questions resonate with you, come and share your story:

What brings you to Oakland?  How long have you been here?  How often have you moved?  Why have you chosen to stay?  Why did you leave?  Who owns Oakland?  Is there any other place you call home?  What is the relationship between or among your homes?  How is the city changing?  Who are the new communities joining us?  Do you feel welcome here?  Have you found community?  Is your community still here?  What is the relationship between Oakland past and present?  What would you like to see in Oakland’s future?

Story Circle

What makes Oakland home? Whose voices are heard? Come and share your story if you are a current or former Oakland resident, worker, or community activist of any background! Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of the interior and exterior of their homes and personal items as props or to add to the set, such as a stool, dishes, a lamp, an umbrella, or even a pet!

Saturday, Feb 2, 12:30-3:30 pm
Wednesday, Feb 6, 6:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, Feb 24, 12:30-3:30 pm
Monday, March 11, 6:00-9:00 pm

Table Read / Workshops

Monday, April 15, 6:00-9:00 pm
Monday, April 22, 6:00-9:00 pm
Monday, April 29, 6:00-9:00 pm

Performance / Staging

Monday, June 3, 2019, 5:00-10:00 pm

Artist in Residence Bio