Access for All

New exhibitions at OMCA consider the crucial question of access from various perspectives

Access—to social justice, to truth, and to  food—is one of the most vital issues of our time. Who has access, who doesn’t, and what can be done to work towards a more equitable future? In two thought-provoking new exhibitions, OMCA explores these questions from a multitude of perspectives. In Question Bridge: Black Males, OMCA offers a prismatic look at the experiences of Black males today, with first-person narratives about what connects and divides people, and what enhances and impedes access to equality. Another exhibition, Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, is a multifaceted look at how creative gardening can provide urban residents with better access to fresh food—and build community at the same time.

In these shows, as well as in a new installation about the legacy of fake news in our country (see Trending Now), OMCA invites you to consider critical issues confronting our hometowns, our country, and the health of our community.


Photography: Courtesy of Oakland Museum of California (New Roots Garden at Laney College, Home Page).

Take Root: Oakland Grows Food is supported by Kaiser Permanente, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, and members of the Donor Forum.

Question Bridge: Black Males is sponsored by the Bay Area Video Coalition and supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute: Campaign for Black Male Achievement, The Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Film Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab, the LEF Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, UPM, DualStar Digital, and The California College of the Arts; and in collaboration with transmedia production partner Innovent, Inc. and general production partner farWord, Inc.


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Take Root: Oakland Grows Food

Unearth the where, what, how, and why of urban gardening right here in Oakland.

Question Bridge: Black Males

OMCA’s new acquisition takes an in-depth look at the Black male experience in the United States.