How a Black Panthers Exhibition Connected Activism of the Past to an Evolving Present

An Oakland Museum Redefined Engagement Through a Timely Subject

When can you really feel arts engagement in your bones? How do you know that you have achieved genuine engagement?

For those of us who work at the Oakland Museum of California, one moment came during our exhibition “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50,” which was on view at OMCA from October 2016 through February 2017. The realization arrived with a simple text message one Friday night during the exhibition.

Engagement has been part of our institution since its founding in 1969 as the “museum of the people.” …

Mourning the Loss of a True Workingman’s Bridge

The Bay Bridge Was Never as Famous as the Golden Gate, but It Was Our Most Innovative

On November 14, if all goes as scheduled, a monumental piece of engineering will unceremoniously sink beneath the San Francisco Bay. Known as “E3,” it is the largest load-bearing pier …

Will Obamacare Make My Nursing Job Impossible?

Sicker Patients Are Coming Into My Care—Even As the Hospital Cuts Staff

As the first enrollees in the Affordable Care Act begin seeking care at my hospital, I wonder how my practice as a registered nurse will change. We’re told the goal …

My Two Oaklands

My Hometown Depends on Movement. Which Direction Should We Go Now?

This spring, the city of Oakland was awarded two very distinct honors within one week. The Movoto blog officially named Oakland “The Most Exciting City in the Country,” as measured …