Director’s Take



Dear OMCA Family and Supporters:

This fall has been a time of great challenge and tragedy in our own region and around the world. During these times, the Oakland Museum of California strives to be a place of solace and reflection by providing inspiration and meaning, as well as offering ways to simply enjoy time with family and friends and meet new neighbors. We hope during this holiday season you’ll visit the Museum and join in the support of all that you appreciate and value here. A few suggestions of special highlights:

• Take Root: Oakland Grows Food. This is the season of harvest and bounty, so check out what makes the food-growing scene in Oakland so special. 

• Buy local, support artists, give great gifts! The OMCA Store is the place to shop for the holidays. You’ll find something really special and unique for everyone on your list. 

• Don’t miss the final weeks of Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Ghost Ship fire, you can join in honoring the fire victims at the altar created in their memory while remembering and celebrating your own loved ones.

• Get a behind-the-scenes look at the video installation Question Bridge: Black Males, which offers insights on the Black male experience in today’s world, with an interview with artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas in this issue.

• Need a place to chill with out-of-town guests over the holidays? Looking for some indoor play space for your kids when they’re out of school? Our installation Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown is just the experience you’re seeking. For me it suggests something between a stimulant for your imagination and a tonic to encourage calm and tranquility—and its joy is definitely best when shared!

Finally, as you plan your year-end charitable giving, we hope you’ll consider a contribution to OMCA. More than half of the Museum’s annual budget comes from philanthropic support, and our own Members and individual Donors are the source of our most important and valued support. Your generosity helps make possible the range of programming described in the following pages and also ensures the Museum’s accessibility to school groups, families, and everyone who believes that cultural institutions are by, for, and about us!

Wishing you all the best of the season,

Lori Fogarty
Director and CEO

Photography: Terry Lorant (Lori Fogarty).