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Intersections: Alice Street

  • Red Bay Coffee 3098 East 10th Street Oakland, CA, 94601 United States (map)

INTERSECTIONS: ALICE STREET is meant to celebrate and build cultural resiliency in a rapidly gentrifying Oakland. It centers on the crossroads of 14th and Alice Streets--a unique site where arts and activism, history and development, and Diasporic communities from Africa and China meet. The event starts with a screening of "Alice Street Short," part of an upcoming feature-length film that looks at a mural of the city’s culture keepers that becomes a symbol of resilience in the fight against displacement. The program continues with a panel discussion moderated by photographer and journalist Eric Arnold featuring film director Spencer Wilkinson, muralist Desi Mundo, community organizer Lailan Huen, Chinatown historian Roy Chan, Diamano Coura Artistic Director Naomi Diouf, and Alice Arts Center co-founder Dr. Halifu Osumare. The event will include performances by Carla Services' Dance-A-Vision and Lenora Lee Dance, as well as a community Q&A. People with different orientations to development--including developers, architects, planners, officials, artists, community organizers, and any intersections thereof--are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

The dialogue continues in a different guise with TEN TO GET IN: FALL SOCIAL, a community celebration of food, dance, and dominoes hosted by the Domino Players Association (DPA). Since 2009, the DPA has served as an Oakland-based dominoes league and experiment in camaraderie, competition, and group process--what one member describes as a "unique example of adult community building, sustenance, and renewal." Ten to Get In, the DPA's seasonal public offering, is a chance for players of all skill levels to gather across multiple tables and for new players to learn the game in a welcoming, supportive environment. Whether you want to play or nah, come join for the good vibes and table talk. PLUS: tasty morsels from our friends at GentriFried Chicken.


Moderator ERIC ARNOLD is Communications Director for the Community Rejuvenation Project, a member of the Steering Committee of the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, a consultant for the Black Arts Movement Business District, and part of the Social Equity Project Team for the Oakland Planning Department. He is also a writer-photographer whose work has appeared in numerous national and local publications. He is the founder and Editorial Director of

ROY CHAN is an urban planner with the Chinatown Community Development Center and director of the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project.

NAOMI GEDO DIOUF is the Artistic Director of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, which is based out of the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts.

LAILAN HUEN is a community organizer with the Chinatown Coalition and People of Color Sustainable Housing Network.

DESI MUNDO is a visual artist and educator. He is the founder of the Community Rejuvenation Project, which has created over 100 community-based murals, including the Alice Street Mural.

DR. HALIFU OSUMARE, co-founder of the Alice Arts Center (now the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts), is a dancer, choreographer, and scholar of Black popular culture. She recently retired from the Department of African American and African Studies at UC Davis, which she directed from 2011-2014.

SPENCER WILKINSON is a documentary film director and founder of Endangered Ideas, a production company dedicated to documentary film and community media. He is the director of "Alice Street Short."

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