About Pro Arts
Pro Arts is an Oakland-based nonprofit arts organization that supports experimentation in the contemporary artistic process and practice through exhibitions, commissions, residency programs, research, satellite projects, digital platforms and publications. Annually we exhibit over 200 artists, conduct over 300 art education programs for youth, and reach an audience of over 8,000.
Downtown Walking Tour with Plinio Hernandez: Saturday, December 13, 11am
Artist Plinio Hernandez will lead a walking tour exploring topics of displacement, labor, and urban development in Downtown Oakland. Meet at Pro Arts’ gallery at 11am on Saturday, December 13, 11am. This free special event is in conjunction with the exhibition Ebb / Flow at Pro Arts.
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (Oscar Grant Plaza) in downtown Oakland is a site that has been active on the news for the last several years regarding protests around local and national social justice issues. The Oscar Grant protest (2009), Occupy Movement and General Strike (2011), and current protests surrounding the murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Alex Nieto and others at the hands of the police are powerful moments in the history of this site.
The fervor around these social justice movements is stronger in Oakland than any other city in the Bay Area and one would argue all of California. But why is this? Looking at the history of downtown Oakland beginning with the arrival of the Juan Bautista de Anza Spanish expedition in 1776 and the subsequent displacement and colonization of all Ohlone and surrounding tribes, I will lead a walking tour focusing on the changing geography, activism and displacement of several communities in and around Oscar Grant Plaza.
– Plinio Hernandez