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A Call to Participate at our Neighborhood Placemaking Street Party!

DATE: Saturday, May 9, 2015
TIME: 10:00am - 5:00pm
FREE Day Event!
PLACE: 64th Street up to Marshall Street, Oakland, CA 94608
Evening launch of our Hootenanny (the usual $10-20)

Dear Ally, Neighbor, Partner, and Collaborator:

 

The time to organize for the Commons is upon us and we’d love your participation with it’s creation along with several other community organizations and neighbors to celebrate the re-imagination of the public commons!

 

This celebration also is PLACE’s 4 year anniversary and coincides with our neighborhood’s Golden Gate Second Saturdays.
 
This festival features educational skillshares, clothing swaps, crop swaps, garden installations, public art, local art, music and placemaking projects in the neighborhood. It will occur on three closed streets as well as our sustainability center at the confluence of Northwest Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, in our neighborhood village of OakLeyVille. 
 
Creating Commons is inspired by City Repair's Village Building Convergence, Sunday Streets, Oakland's Art Murmur and the mini-Maker Faires.

 

Our event will be listed with and draw on other collaborators participating in the East Bay ShareFest – a regional month long festival of sharing with a consolidated map and calendar of events. Additionally the Creating Commons Festival is collaborating with the Community Resilience Challenge organized during the month of May 2014 by the Northern California Resilient Communities Network which will be encouraging local communities to activate projects showcasing solutions through permaculture, transition town, homesteading and resiliency projects.

 

Our dream is that this type of celebration occurs across multiple neighborhoods in the future, helping activate the public commons, with the building of benches, garden planters, and public art, community celebrations.

 

We intend to bring back several projects and activities including a community intersection painting project (city pilot pending). 
We will again feature: local artists and talent, food, musicians, community organizations, bicycle culture, garden installations, neighborhood improvement projects, family friendly activities, reskilling workshops, local merchants, and others.
 

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YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VITAL
Please read through the list of activities below and consider getting involved in any part of it!! We have a FORM for you to check off areas of interest below that.

ZONES & ACTIVITIES
  • PROJECTS: neighborhood garden installs, permaculture blitz, others
  • SKILL SHARES: 30 min - 1 hour sessions (sustainability, urban ag, homesteading, resiliency, etc)
  • KID ZONE, Games: art making, placemaking, youth talent, more
  • INTERACTIVE: large scale games, musical jam, art in the streets, parklet making
  • HEALING TENT: Practitioners, massage, accupuncture, accupressure, other modalities
  • SACRED SPACE: Restorative justice circle and other sacred sharing modalities
  • CEREMONY: Blessing and Share your “Piece on Peace”*
  • FOOD VENDOR ZONE: PLACE cob oven pizzas, Community Potluck, Bike food carts
  • SWAPS: Clothing, Seeds, Plant starts
 

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YOUR “PIECE ON PEACE”
Inspired by our neighborhood derived theme of Peace, this ceremony takes place in the intersection of 64th and Marshall Street.

We ask faith holders, neighbors, poets, & friends:  “What’s Your Piece on Peace” – Share your inspiring poem, song, discoveries, writings, prayer, even dance that speak to this theme.

This is the HEART of this community gathering  — voices heard on a subject that speaks to many.
 

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INTERSECTION MURAL PROJECT
At the intersection of 64th and Marshall in the Golden Gate District
Theme: Declaring Peace Through All Our Relations

We have been working with this theme for a couple of years now with our neighborhood. Our new mural artist is creating the artwork that reflects this theme and we are excited to share this as soon as it is ready this month!

We have also been working with the city of Oakland to do a pilot that will launch this street art, we hope in time for our street festival this May - involving participants to paint onto our intersection together in ceremony and celebration of community! READ MORE. Or cut and paste this url:
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OUR FORM
Please fill out our FORM (or cut and paste the url below) to help streamline our organizing efforts. Even if you have committed to this verbally with us, we'd love the form filled out for ease of data collecting and organizing. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BJmf9Aubj4WOZHaqaFyeD-4q8o18aM8GymHim4gQdaM/viewform?usp=send_form
 
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DONATE

If you are not able to volunteer at our event, consider donating to help with cost for our free event. Go to our website and click on the green DONATE button located at the top of the page and please include a note in the paypal note area: "Creating Commons”. 

 
Thank you for your support!

We look forward to your response and co-creative participation!

Creating Commons Festival
Organizing Team

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