Mona Shah, Community Partnerships Manager at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) was our March meeting host. Niva Flor, Special Projects Coordinator, and Mona gave us an overview of OMCA Connect. “OMCA Connect brings together community members, professional artists, community-based organizations, and Museum staff to create participatory arts projects in community spaces and surrounding neighborhoods. The Oakland Rover, OMCA’s “mobile museum,” is one of the many tools used.” http://museumca.org/your-community
We then spent time in our learning and action labs. The learning lab “Strength in the Face of Adversity: Responding to Trauma in our Community” featured Dr. Deborrah Bremond (Sr. Mental Health Consultant with Early Intervention Services at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland) and Cindy Hill-Ford (Mental Health Director, Catholic Charities of the East Bay). Deborrah gave an overview of the impact of trauma in child development and Cindy discussed local, community-based approaches. The action lab focused on the design thinking question: “How might we respond to community trauma?”and allowed time for reflection, multi-sector brainstorming, and report back. A myriad of innovative, actionable ideas were brainstormed by the multi-sector teams including creating parent cafes focused on community trauma, creating urban gardens as safe zones at various sites, and the formation of a policy workgroup/delegation!
The meeting wrapped up with announcements, which included staying tuned for Best Babies Zone mini-grants in the Castlemont neighborhood of East Oakland! Interested in finding out more? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org