"If you are an artist, vendor or performer and want to help Co-curate and Co-Create the future of First Fridays in Oakland, please attend this important meeting on Tuesday evening August 7th from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the 25th Street Collective located at 477 25th Street between Telegraph Avenue and Broadway. Help make First Fridays... [read more]
YOU'VE BEEN INVITED TO DISCUSS OAKLAND'S FUTURE
"If you are an artist, vendor or performer and want to help Co-curate and Co-Create the future of First Fridays in Oakland, please attend this important meeting on Tuesday evening August 7th from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the 25th Street Collective located at 477 25th Street between Telegraph Avenue and Broadway. Help make First Fridays sustainable and fun"!
To be clear, this is not a meeting facilitated by Top Ten Social nor the City of Oakland, but by a group of people just like yourself who hope to steer the Future of First Friday's as they best see fit. We heard about it and wanted to pass this along to some people we see as contributing to the arts communities of Oakland.
WE THE PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENCES
What makes Oakland one of the most desirable cities on the planet is and has been its innate ability to sustainably respect and consider the voices of its vast communities. It may now be just as important that communities show up to speak to their specific needs, as it has been through the decades of Oakland's modern history.
YOUR VOICE IS REQUIRED
Please join us, tell a friend and ask them to tell a friend, and arrive on time as we each present the visions our individual communities dream of for the Future of First Friday's in Oakland.
We'll head over to Room 389 following the meeting to further unpack the ideas presented from all the communities, and further build upon strategies to unite a platform the City of Oakland may get behind.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
WHAT SHOULD be the ultimate goal for the Future of First Friday's that is equitable, inclusive, and non-restrictive?
DO WE need a common governance or is that too restrictive, leading to the loss of the FF "cool factor"?
IF THE City of Oakland has determined that policy development is necessary, what does that process look like?
ARE WE capable of managing the event ourselves or do we need leaders to implement policy and if so, how will they be elected as such? How do communities like Pop Up Hood in Old Oakland fit into the plan some have to regulate who qualifies to participate in First Friday's?
WHAT IS necessary to make the Future of First Friday's more sustainable for the City of Oakland in your opinion, if anything?
"who can play by the rules of the sandbox we are making. if they cant play by our rules, then they can't come out to play."
IS THERE anything broken within Oakland's art communities? If so, who can fix it? If not, why are people trying to fix it?
RIGHT NOW, there is no official City of Oakland vehicle, policy, nor website dedicated to First Friday's, nor for the Future of First Friday's.
WHO creates the rules? Who defines the perimeters of the sandbox? Who determines who can play?
RIGHT NOW the conversation is First Friday's, yet what is this movement indicative of for the Future of Oakland and it's people?
We'll see you Tuesday evening at the 25th Street Collective, and at Room 389 following for further discussion.