100 Families Oakland

Tapping into the power of families and neighborhoods to enliven the creative spirit and revitalize communities, the 100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change project is undergoing a new phase of development.

From its inception in 2005 through June 2008, CCA's Center for Art and Public Life provided administrative responsibility and led implementation in collaboration with the leadership council and community partners in East Oakland, Chinatown, Fruitvale, and West Oakland. Also contributing to the project's success were founder F. Noel Perry and the Oakland Museum of California. In June 2008 the Alameda County Office of Education assumed administrative responsibility for implementation, and the leadership council began planning for a second phase of development.

The Center for Art and Public Life is currently working with the leadership council and the Alameda County Office of Education to ensure a successful transition. In 2008–9 the Center's involvement included:

  • conducting a series of 100 Families workshops in collaboration with the Alameda County Office of Education. Seven workshops were implemented, benefiting more than 500 individuals. Locations included EnCompass Academy, Acorn Woodlands School, Garfield Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, and the West Oakland YMCA.
  • producing the 100 Families Guidebook, a resource for communities around the world to start their own 100 Families projects, downloadable as a PDF in English and Spanish.

In June 2009, 100 Families Alameda County: Art and Social Change became a program of the Alameda County Arts Commission, a division of the County of Alameda. 100 Families Alameda County will begin its first phase of community engagement in spring 2010, expanding the program countywide. Please visit www.acgov.org/arts for more information.

100 Families on KQED: Listen to members of the project discuss 100 Families Oakland on the KQED talk show Forum with Michael Krasny: 100 Families on Forum.

Connecting the Dots: Arts Education and Community Engagement

The Center designed a school component for 100 Families entitled Connecting the Dots (CTD). With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a pilot CTD program was launched in 2009 with goal of leveraging momentum and enthusiasm for family involvement in the arts.

CTD matched three 100 Families teaching artists with six classroom teachers in three elementary schools. More than 200 elementary-school students participated. Art making, observation, and dialogue were emphasized. Art-learning strategies developed by San Francisco Bay Visual Thinking Strategies were utilized to expand the skills of artists, parents, and classroom teachers, using art to deepen everyone's observation and thinking skills. CTD culminated in spring 2009 with Family Art Nights, which brought families together to celebrate the creative achievements of their children, enjoy a meal, and make art as an intergenerational learning community.

For more information on 100 Families please visit www.100families.com