Thanks to everyone who helped us raise money for youth stipends!

It took us a month, but we raised over $800 to stipend youth for the hard work they'll be doing at Saturday's Community Storytelling Day.  Thanks to all those who contributed.  You can see those who donated and make a pledge to help us with the next event here:

We're looking for volunteers

We need volunteers to support our Community Storytelling Day on March 28, 2009.  If you like to plan events, talk to new people, have video and editing skills, or just want to get involved in the community, please let us know!  For more information, please contact Ada Pinkston, Our Oakland Project Coordinator, 201-294-2764 or

New Videos Posted

Preview some of the great stories that will appear in the Our Oakland digital archive! 


This is a temporary website for Our Oakland: Eastside Stories, an integrated public art project by artist Rene Yung.  The project includes a large-scale architectural art glass installation at the new East Oakland Community Library and an online archive of digitized stories told by East Oakland residents.  The project was commissioned by the City of Oakland's Cultural Arts and Marketing Division for the library, which will finish construction next year.

We are currently working on a social media website where you can upload your video, audio and photos about your memories and hopes for East Oakland.  In the meantime, look to this site for information and selected stories leading up to the launch.  Enjoy!

Our Oakland: Eastside Stories

The new 21,000 square foot East Oakland Community Library  at 81st Avenue in Oakland will feature public art by artist Rene Yung, commissioned by the City of Oakland Cultural Arts & Marketing Division.  Ms. Yung developed the artwork around the theme of Mutuality + Transformation, to highlight the interrelation between individuals and their actions, and address the social fragmentation symptomatic of community civic crisis.