Director’s Take




Dear OMCA Family and Supporters:

Spring Greetings!

This season of rebirth and growth is also a time of celebration and exploration at OMCA, with programs and exhibitions spanning the spectrum of cultural movements that shape both our local community and our state. 

For those who grew up on Hip-Hop—and for those who may have only been introduced to it with the triumph of the musical Hamilton—our upcoming exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom is sure to be a revelation. We invite you to experience what has made Hip-Hop so influential to creative forms of expression and to explore its role in the empowerment of communities from the Bronx to Oakland. We are especially excited to invite visitors to our Hip-Hop Dojo, which will incorporate music, spoken word, and dance throughout the run of the show.

For visitors seeking reflection and communion with nature this spring, we offer an exhibition on the artist J.B. Blunk, best known to our OMCA community for The Planet, located at the entry to the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. While this work is perhaps his most celebrated, there is much more to discover in Blunk’s master craftsmanship and seamless connection of art to the natural environment.

We also hope you’ll join us on May 19 for our third annual Ziggurat, our Oakland-style fundraising extravaganza that generates support for exhibitions and educational programs. With RESPECT as the backdrop and inspiration, this will not be your typical gala!

Finally, I’d like to acknowledge a deeply felt loss to our Museum family with the passing of OMCA trustee Dick DeAtley. Dick served as a leader of this institution for many years, and we honor his generosity and commitment.

With these longer days and warmer evenings, this is the season to enjoy OMCA at its best. To quote from Hamilton, this isn’t just the moment—it’s the MOVEMENT!

Best wishes,

Lori Fogarty
Director and CEO


Photography: Terry Lorant (Lori Fogarty).