Community partners 2019
Oakland First Fridays is a celebration of the communities of Oakland, a place where we all come together and share our experience, our art and our culture. As such, we are privileged to work with an amazing range of passionate people and important agencies, and we’ve created this page to acknowledge their invaluable help.
The Rob Skate Academy has been providing mindfulness mentorship through the power of skateboarding, and showing people how to do it safely and properly. Their action-packed, fun-filled programs are tailored to different age groups and has been taught around the world in schools, parks and now at Oakland First Fridays.
Rob Ferguson started the Rob Skate Academy ten years ago provide safe spaces for young people to build confidence and promote mindfulness through skateboarding. He and his professionally-trained team will provide hands-on guidance in a safe environment experience the thrill that’s made skateboarding an Olympic sport.
TURF dancing was established in Oakland and TURFinc is on a mission to spread the culture, and provide an engaging way to give urban youth a powerful and positive form of expression.This powerful dance style is changing lives beyond the streets and creating a safe, positive environment where dancers and youth have the opportunity to showcase and share their stories and skills to a broad audience.
Curb Service is a creative music group which first appeared on street corners of Oakland. They've since become a name known further than they had ever expected. This group is most famous for their natural ability to attend any event and have their sound and experience translate with all attendees from children to top-notch music enthusiasts. Providing the healthy energy which is greatly needed within the world has been their main goal since the group has formed.
The core of the group is Rob Woods as lead vocalist, and Oakland’s own Drummerboy Aaron (who magnifies his talent every show). Well-known saxophone player Kalin Freeman sets the tone with his smooth melodic tunes mixed in with beautiful elevated pitches. David Chatman has been hands-on with the group for over a year now, helping create, curate and mold the team, as well as display his phenomenal talents from behind the lens.
Curb Service first popped up on the street at our December 2018 event, and they were such a hit that we asked them back for March.
The Chinyakare Ensemble is a family of musicians, dancers and teachers committed to preserving and sharing traditional Zimbabwean culture, and promoting community building and education through music and dance. Chinyakare presents an electrifying performance of the traditional dance, music, and culture of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa, providing audiences with a glimpse of the beauty, excitement, and spirit of traditional African culture. They have played at many Oakland First Fridays, and we hope to see them at many more.
Soulbeatz Oakland is a community drum circle that's been a positive light in the East Bay for years. They create community through dancing and drumming, sharing drums with everyone from master drummers to children.
Participants and members include people from Cape Verde, Haiti, Jamaica, Europe, Trinidad & Tobago, France, Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mexico, Nepal, USA, and beyond. All are welcome and it's fun for everyone!
The Women’s March is a nonpartisan, peaceful event on the Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, where women around the country activate their communities and publicly proclaim their commitment, in Scott King’s words, to “create new homes, new communities, new cities, a new nation. Yea, a new world, which we desperately need!” In January Women’s March Oakland gave us some much-needed help, providing a happy team of gate volunteers.
MOPIX Creative is a video production house based in Oakland. When we needed a public service announcement to get the word out about Oakland First Fridays being an event by and for the people of Oakland, they came through spectacularly, arranging shoots with more than a dozen spokespeople from across the Oakland First Fridays community, and editing it into this tight, powerful message.