BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT BUSINESS DISTRICT
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF OAKLAND

To advocate, organize, create, develop, implement, foster, and ensure the thriving of BAMBD, Oakland, CA through vigilant organizing, development of infrastructure, and the creation of mechanisms for stewardship and advocacy.

EQUITY, INCLUSION, EXCELLENCE, ENGAGEMENT, INTEGRITY & SERVICE.

BAMBD, CDC Organizing Pillars


HOUSING

Our goals include but are not limited to proactively working to help provide solutions to displacement by: Supporting the repurposing of, and life trusting/deed restricting property controlled but unused or underutilized by the city... [READMORE]

COMMERCE

To create an environment that amplifies opportunity for artists, creative venues, business owners, entrepreneurs, service providers, and attracts continued investment from public and private spheres... [READMORE]

ARTS AND CULTURE

To support the creation of a culturally informed Art's district that allows for the proliferation and sustaining of Black artist, Black businesses, and culturally informed retail... [READMORE]

ONLINE CULTURAL ARCHIVE

Collection of data, research, intellectual capital, for archival, to make the work accessible to the community and as a resource for research. To create, maintain, cultivate spaces of intellectual proliferation and dissemination of collective knowledge... [READMORE]

VITAL HUMAN SERVICES

Create interfaces that encourage community services that address the disproportionate suffering from a constellation of threats which include but are not limited to; Violence (both interpersonal and systemic), Cyclical trauma, Endemic poverty and income disparity Affordable medical care... [READMORE]

BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT BUSINESS DISTRICT FESTIVAL

FEBRUARY 1, - FEBRUARY 28, 2019

BAMBDFEST:2019 is a multi-day, multi-venue festival in celebration of the Black Arts Movement Business District and Black arts, culture, and economics in Oakland, CA. The month-long festival in February 2019, produced by the Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc. in collaboration with BAMBD, CDC, and The Flight Deck, is funded by a Creative California Communities grant from the California Arts Council and is under the artistic direction of Dr. Ayodele Nzinga. The Festival will consist of public performances by theater artists, musicians, dancers, comics, poets, youth groups and town legends. It will feature an eclectic mix of free and paid arts events, gallery installations, vendors, arts & crafts, public symposiums, and more that showcase the best of Oakland's vibrant artistry. The festival will engage Oakland artists, arts venues, businesses, and the public in a massive celebration of Oakland, and the history and importance of the rich contributions of The Black Arts Movement to the State of California and the world beyond.

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