Bloom Podcast Ep. 6: Betti Ono Gallery, with Anyka Barber

Bloom Podcast Ep. 6: Betti Ono Gallery, with Anyka Barber

Anyka Barber is founder, director and curator of Betti Ono gallery in Oakland, California.

We reached out to Anyka in response to Betti Ono’s fundraiser to power arts, culture, and community resilience. Contribute at

Betti Ono is an experimentally minded space for art + culture + community. They are 100% Black women led and operated, dedicated to amplifying the work and voices of under-represented artists. Their vision and creative practice embody the bold, curious and unapologetic spirit of the gallery’s name-sakes Betti Mabry Davis and Yoko Ono. At Betti Ono, making art is a function of activism, community transformation, and cultural resilience.

Betti Ono Gallery on Instagram :: Facebook


Born and raised in Oakland, California Anyka Barber is a mother, an artist/activist, curator and entrepreneur.  In 2010 Anyka founded Betti Ono, a creative social enterprise and center for arts, culture, and community committed to the cultural, social, political and economic emancipation and development of low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities of color. In her role as director and curator of Betti Ono, she has curated and produced more than 60 exhibitions and public programs, as well as designed and integrated art, enterprise and social impact strategy to leverage creative capital, cultural products, and networks for good. She was most recently Director of Engagement and the Center for Audience and Civic Engagement at the Oakland Museum leading the museum’s signature education and public programs teams. She was Program Officer and Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation working with the Anchoring Communities/Place team to activate more than $10M in investments to preserve the racial and cultural identity of the Bay Area, prevent the displacement of low-income and communities of color and bring greater racial and economic equity to the region.

Behind the scene, Anyka is committed to strengthening the Bay Area arts community as an arts advocate and advisor. In June 2015, Anyka initiated the formation and design of a grassroots arts action and advocacy body, the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, whose mission is to “#KeepOaklandCreative, affordable and vibrant!” Anyka was named Most Socially Engaged Curator in 2015 and Betti Ono was nominated and voted ‘Best of the East Bay’ for the past five consecutive years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 by East Bay Express.

Music Credits for this episode:

Beyond the Bridge by Adam Elim

Contribute to Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland:

Visit the gallery @ 1427 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

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Bloom Podcast, William Padilla-Brown, Ep. 5

Bloom Podcast, William Padilla-Brown, Ep. 5

Bio: William Padilla-Brown is a certified permaculture designer taking a multidisciplinary approach to designing models of living systems that can be utilized to replace the anti-biotic (against-life) systems that our societies have provided us. He educates locals, and travels teaching workshops on Mushrooms, Spirulina, Insects, Information Technology and Permaculture. He runs a micro/molecular biology lab out of his home, and experiments with applicable models for food, medicine, and energy production.

The title of this episode comes from a quote by him: “Homeostasis will only be achieved via Symbiosis with local Systems.”

William is a stellar creator and citizen scientist, changing people’s lives with the way he educates people to grow nutritious foods and create economic and arts sovereignty. Here we talk about cultivating mushrooms, music and art, neighborhood permaculture, and some fun stories about William’s journey with entheogens.

My favorite quote from this episode: “yeah I teach a class called microherding invertebrates.” One of the insects he has been working with eats styrofoam. I can’t stop thinking about larvae that eat styrofoam ever since listening to this!

And last but not least, William’s recent album Beautiful Chæos is absolutely incredible. If you don’t have enough psychedelic rap in your life, get this.

This interview is a super inspiring conversation with one of the artistic, community oriented, entrepreneurial people that seem to pop up through Bloom Network all over the world. I learned of William’s work through Mushroom City Art Festival, a yearly family festival about the mushroom kingdom produced by Bloom Baltimore leader Robin Gunkel.

Continue Learning and Listening!

Mycosymbiotics Festival in Harrisburg, PA, August 2-4 2019:

Books, cultures, cordyceps by William:

Follow William Padilla-Brown’s Instagram for gorgeous fungi photos and permaculture amazingness: @mycosymbiote

Become a Patron on Patreon for rad perks:

And find his music as It’s Cosmic on Apple Music and Soundcloud.

Artists William mentioned in this episode include:

Wes Period – @wesperiodsteven
Steven Michael Hass – visuals @stephenmichaelhaas on Instagram and music as Flower Garden on Bandcamp
Mushroom trading cards – @sporestash on Instagram – FYI the US states of California, Oregon, and Idaho have legal restrictions that prohibit the sale of some kinds of spores, so look that up first if you live there.

Mush love, happy growing and arting!
Magenta, Bloom Podcast Host and Executive Creative Officer of Bloom Network

Music Credits for this episode:

Intro: Beyond the Bridge by Adam Elim
Outro: Xylem by It’s Cosmic

Regenerative Culture Podcasts

Regenerative Culture Podcasts

Here are several podcasts where you can learn about regenerative culture practices. We are looking to add podcasts to this list that are in other languages and not centered in the U.S. Please get in touch if you have recommendations.

All My Relations: Hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation). “A podcast to discuss our relationships as Native peoples—to land, ancestors, and to each other.”

America Adapts with Doug Parsons. Particularly check out the episode called “Climate Change Podcasters Unite!”, which introduces several other climate change adapatation podcasts (practical solutions people are implementing as we face more storms and displacement, etc).

How to Survive the End of the World: Join Autumn Brown and adrienne maree brown, two sisters who share many identities, as writers, activists, facilitators, and inheritors of multiracial diasporic lineages, as well as a particular interest in the question of survival, as we embark on a podcast that delves into the practices we need as a community, to move through endings and to come out whole on the other side, whatever that might be.

The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann: A podcast dedicated to Permaculture education, sustainability, gardening, organic food, and resiliency.

Upstream: Unlearning everything you thought you knew about economics. Radical ideas and inspiring stories for a just transition to a more beautiful and equitable world

The Next System Project: an initiative of The Democracy Collaborative aimed at bold thinking and action to address the systemic challenges the United States faces now and in coming decades. Deep crises of economic inequality, racial injustice and climate change—to name but three—are upon us, and systemic problems require systemic solutions.

Forthcoming: Indigenous Regenerative Economy, co-hosted by David Karabelnikoff with support from the Healing and Reconciliation Institute.

Investing in Regenerative Agriculture features leaders in the regenerative food and agriculture space, to learn how to put our money to work to regenerate soil, people, local communities and ecosystems while making an appropriate and fair return.

Community Currency: Theme for Bloom Network, April-June 2016

Community Currency: Theme for Bloom Network, April-June 2016

The current network-wide theme for Bloom is “Community Currency”. 

The global economic infrastructure is showing signs of collapse and transition. Learn how communities are relocalizing their economies and implementing more resilient systems of exchange.

During this theme, Blooms across the world will be exploring best practices in local economics. Topics include cryptocurrency, community food forests, platform cooperatives, local currencies, time banks, credit unions, sharing and gift economies, and more! 

Do you have a community economics model to share? Email us at

Companies can sponsor Bloom Network themes. Contact us to find out how.

Mushroom City Art Festival, Oct 21, Bloom Baltimore

Mushroom City Art Festival, Oct 21, Bloom Baltimore

With both a focus on personal and planetary healing, MCAF is an informative and interactive exploration of mushrooms with foraging, identification, cultivation, and psilocybin research all part of our event. Sculptures and paintings inspired by this mysterious, mycelial life form will be featured alongside hands on workshops and educational discussions revealing the many real world applications for mushroom cultivation in contemporary urban life.

With grant funding provided from Free Fall Baltimore – this is a free event! and with thanks to Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks!

Mushroom City Art Festival is going into its fifth year! And, this year Mushroom City is collaborating again with Nature Art in the Park to integrate outdoor mushroom art installation into the nature art trails curated by Nature Art in the Park!!

Held again outdoors at Leakin Park: lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, food, music and more all comprise Mushroom City!! 

With both a focus on personal and planetary healing, MCAF is an informative and interactive exploration of mushrooms with foraging, identification, cultivation, and psilocybin research all part of our event. Sculptures and paintings inspired by this mysterious, mycelial life form will be featured alongside hands on workshops and educational discussions revealing the many real world applications for mushroom cultivation in contemporary urban life.

Tentative Schedule

1-2 Woody Lissauer
2-3 Dr. Matt Johnson – JHU Psilocybin Studies
3-4 William Padilla Brown – Cordyceps Farms, Local Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
4-5 Robin Gunkel – Grandmother Mycelium & Regenerative Culture
5-6:15 Real Food Farm log workshop w/ Dylan Moran
6:30 -7:30 Troposphere
7:30 – 8:30 Darsombra

1-2 Marisa Cascia – Mushrooms and Permaculture
2-3 Alex Dorr – Mycoremediation
3-4 Xiphoid Process
4-5 Kenneth Johnston
5-5:30 Ursula Populoh – Puppet Performance
5:30-? Psymposia -Psychedelic Stories

1:30-3 Michael Weese – foray
3-4 Holly Wheat – foray
4-5 Eric Jospeph Lewis – The Yoga of Plants
5-6 Marisa Cascia – foray
6-7 Twilight Trails Art Tour with Nature Art in the Park

Gazebo and Field
Mycelial Threads Stitching Station: Learn to Embroider HERE

Immersive Sound Bath
by Tom Montagliano
1-9 All Day!!

Live Painters
Grateful Dad
Will Shanklin

Exhibiting Artists 
Dawn Duff
Kalin Cornelius
Ralph Famularo
Robin Gunkel
Jen Hagan
Prudence Haze
Vee Johnson
Chris Kaplan
Rob Lee
Peter Makela
Fred Merril
Justin Miller
Matt Muirhead
Ryan Smith Thoth
Scout Smith
Micol Souviney
Jillian Storms
Dan Van Allen
More TBA!

B-More Alive
The Sacred Kitchen

Free Tree Giveaway
hosted by Blue Water Baltimore

Brandi Smith
Clothes & Fannie packs
Close Call Studio
Hemp Kettle Tea Company
The Paradise Tie Dye Co.
Night Owl Trinkets
Nik da Pooh Designs

more TBA…

Robin Gunkel: On the Yin Frontier

Robin Gunkel: On the Yin Frontier

Tuesday, December 13
Center for Spiritual Living Central MD
362 Main St, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136

Robin Gunkel, lead producer with Bloom Baltimore, will be giving a talk called ‘On the Yin Frontier: Mother Trees, Grandmother Mycelium and the Resurgence of Grandmother Culture.’

Robin is currently pursuing a PhD in Sustainability Education with Prescott College. Since 2009, she has been working as a regional coordinator for Bloom Baltimore, a social and mobilization network for regenerative planetary culture. With Bloom, she has hosted parties, film screenings, and lectures, and for the fourth year in a row, as Creator and Director, has hosted Mushroom City Art Festival: a free, all-ages, educational, and interactive art festival. Additionally, Robin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where she studied Creative Writing in Boulder while also living and teaching abroad in Japan.