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 https://bettiono.com/donate/.

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

Bio:

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:

https://bettiono.com/donate

Visit the gallery @ 1427 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

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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.

Blockchain for Social Justice

Blockchain for Social Justice

Blockchain for Social Justice is a collective of social justice minded individuals from various sectors coming together to support the development of blockchain projects that serve the most vulnerable. They do developer training, community education, and project design consulting. Director Daisy Ozim will be a keynote speaker at Bloom’s Pollination conference in San Francisco, 2019.

Learn more on their website: www.b4sj.com/.

They believe every blockchain project should be designed to uplift marginalized communities and eliminate the wealth gap, poverty, inter-generational trauma and promote true democracy within unfair institutions. 

Cryptocurrency is a tool of economic sovereignty. In order to make sure it is used as such, efforts must be made to reclaim its purpose.

Their crew hosted a conference in San Francisco in 2018. Simulation did a series of video interviews with the presenters. Listening to these is a great way to find an introduction to what is going on in cryptocurrency and some of the most interesting social equity use cases of it. Here’s the first one with McKenzie Slaughter of Beyond Capital Markets. Watch the whole series here.

Lastly, check out the B4SJ resources page to support people in accessing the tools and knowledge necessary to engage in the blockchain ecosystem.

Upcoming Event with ´╗┐Bloom Victoria – Hawaiian Cuisine: Food With A Side of Community

Coming together to prepare a meal and eat together allows people to build community by learning about each other, our histories, and our stories.

On Friday, October 21st, Leah will be showing us how to prepare Hawaiian food.

Menu:
Vegetarian and non-vegetarian lomilomi salad
Slow cooker kalua pig
Baked plantains
Dessert: Haupia

Music by: The Fiji Mermaid.

It’s a Halloween season so we’ll also be having a conversation about cultural appropriation in collaboration with Bloom Victoria, BC

Organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour.

Bus tickets provided. Email the facilitators with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

Decolonize Consciousness Workshop at Blessed Coast Festival

Decolonize Consciousness Workshop at Blessed Coast Festival

Upcoming Event
Sunday, July 24, 2016
at Blessed Coast Music Arts and Yoga Festival
Squamish, British Columbia

http://www.blessedcoast.ca/

The growing online forum nesting on Facebook will land at Blessed Coast for a live interactive session allowing the opportunity to look a settler-colonialist identity in Canada. The ultimate goal being examined is how to support indigenous sovereignty for collective liberation. 

Are you a settler? What does this identity imply? Together we will step into imagining what an accountable settler identity in Canada can look like moving forward in the future with collective liberation as our goal.

Facilitator:

Sobey Wing is a founding member of Decolonize Consciousness, a board member with Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Society Collective which is a co-organizer of the upcoming Babaylan Conference. He is also on the board of Youth Passageways and sits on a think tank on Cross-Cultural Protocols in relation to the contemporary rites of passage movement. His current dance culture involvement includes co-creation of the Full Moon Medicine in Unceded Coast Salish Territories lunar gatherings. Decolonize Consciousness workshops have taken place thus far at Imagine Gathering on Orcas Island & Village Building Convergence in Portland.

Taking place on Unceded Coast Salish Squamish Territory.