Celebrate with us on February 23rd from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the free and family friendly community market at Whole Foods Market in Oakland!
Come meet award winning chef, author, restaurateur and Top Chef Alum Chef Tanya Holland. You’ll also have a chance to enjoy a sampling of the new, exclusive, Tanya Holland menu available only at the Flood Craft Tap Room located inside Whole Foods Market in Oakland.
We are excited to taste kubé nice cream! "The creamiest, RAW, non-dairy, plant-based ice cream [and it] is produced locally from cold pressed mature coconuts." Yum.
Celebrate the mural, shop the pop-up market, and munch on the sweet and savory delights, rain or shine.
Our Pop-up Market with Whole Foods Market in Oakland gives us chance to shine a light on the talent in the Town, and invites you to get your hands dirty at two interactive engagements.
We wanted to feature both the Sanctuary City Print Shop and the Dragon School so you can come ready to roll up your sleeves play with a purpose.
Sanctuary City Print Shop We have known artist Sergio De La Torre from our founder's art school days, so when they reached out to partner with us it was a very enthusiastic yes. The message is the mission and we have a fondness for anything mobile and interactive which engages the community in larger social issues. Here is more info about their great work.
"Print your own poster at a workshop with founders Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, who aim to raise awareness about the concept of being a “sanctuary city” as well as disseminate information on the recently enacted immigration policies and how they impact our community. Sharing art and infographics, leading silkscreen workshops, and distributing printed material throughout the city, Sanctuary Print Shop serves as a resource center and catalyst for the movement to uphold immigrants’ rights." - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Website project page
"Through silkscreen community workshops (taught via their mobile tricycle silkscreen cart), and other participatory activities, Sanctuary Print Shop educates participants on the history of the sanctuary ordinance within San Francisco, and serves as a resource center and catalyst for public engagement in the movement to uphold immigrants’ rights." - ForeSight Foundation Website project page
Dragon School already had a great relationship with Whole Foods Market, so when they wanted to bring a 16' wall to the Pop-up Market for folx to paint as a live mural, well, we thought what better way to connect to the celebration of the "Authentically Oakland" mural than to have folx paint one themselves as a community activity. To learn more about their work about town read on! "Dragon School uses art and design as a vehicle to make communities more cohesive, more interesting and creates a respect for these areas by residents and visitors alike...We provide youth and the general public a unique place to experiment, collaborate and develop community ownership via artistic avenues. Dragon School's method re-imagines the neighborhood as a shared culture of art, where unity is strengthened through diversity." - Dragon School website
Increasingly, cities have adopted "Maker" as a more inclusive term for Artists and entrepreneurs. With long-standing events like the Maker Faire in the region and Oakland's own Mini-Maker faire there is an evolving appreciation for the Bay's ingenuity. Often that looks like cooking your grandmothers recipes, or designing furniture, or making natural hair products. We understand the importance of creating, articulating, and funding infrastructure that supports makers, micro- and nano- businesses as part of a resilient and innovative economy with a competitive advantages in the region. We see our Pop-up to Permanent and Vacant to Vibrant Programs as part of this work.
Did you know Oakland is an official Maker City? Beyond the list of resources and places you can find here, the city has adopted the international city framework of FabLabs, a great summary can be found here. Did you know that Oakland has a FabLab at Laney College?It is amazing. Popuphood collaborated with them on a few projects for our Pop-up Market and we are super impressed with the gleaming shop and their innovative vision for education in Oakland.
However, the Maker movement has to center an equity framework. Its why we are prioritizing vendors of color at our market later this month. Its also why we were excited about #BlackMakers.
There is a national movement connecting makers in every city called Nation of Makers. Its only fitting that in Black History Month we shine a light on #BlackMakers as their recent February newsletter did and share a few of their favorite sources here: