Omi Arts is an award-winning digital platform and pop-up project space for producing material/media and ongoing interactive programming for artisans, theorists, creative entrepreneurs, and students to feature diverse voices and genres that are artistically and socially relevant. Launched in 2013 as a social practice art gallery (formally known as Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland), and curated by Ashara Ekundayo in Oakland, CA, Omi Arts creative arts practice pedagogy intentionally nourishes partnerships between creatives, businesses, educational institutions and the public.
Some past and current projects include, The Sweetwater Sessions Black Writers Salon; Breaking the Silence Town Hall on Girls & Women of Color; “Grits & Greens” FAT Breakfast Salon; “Art & Race” Conference; the GAZE:Art Series, HushhhArt Black Collectors Salon; our Omi Arts Summer Studios, and the Artist-In-Residence Program.
Omi Arts Project Space is currently located inside Ashara Ekundayo Gallery and is supported by the Akonadi Foundation - Beloved Community Fund and City of Oakland - Dept. of Human Services ReCAST Grant, and is fiscally sponsored by The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture.