Acclaimed writer Zora Neale Hurston was passionate about documenting the everyday language and stories of people, from the Carribean to the American South. As part of California Shakespeare Theater’s production of Spunk (stories of the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston and adapted by George C. Wolfe) the Triangle Lab invites Oakland residents to join us in imagining the past, present, and future of their city through Imagine Oakland. “If Zora were here now, Oakland is the kind of place she’d want to write about. She believed in going home to tell the stories of your places,” says Spunk director Patricia McGregor. The Imagine Oakland project invites Oaklanders to tell stories of their places, sharing and experiencing communal reflections in a variety of arenas—online, in person, pictorial, verbal—to paint a complex portrait of this dynamic city.
Imagine Oakland includes:
- TILT media instructors training youth at Youth UpRising to create videos exploring their East Oakland neighborhood
- Artist residency at EC Reems middle school working with students to create “imagine Oakland” performance pieces
- story circles with different groups of Oakland residents
- “Tell us about your Oakland” online survey
- Interactive art installation at Cal Shakes’ Bruns Ampitheater created by artist April Banks exploring the themes of home and journey
- Audio excerpts from work by playwright Chinaka Hodge