Ashara Ekundayo Gallery & Omi Arts Project Space is creating Exhibitions, New-Media & Events Celebrating Black Womxn
30

patrons

$456
per month
A VENUE FOR ART x CULTURE x CEREMONY
For more than 30 years I have lived and served my communities as an artist/independent curator, organizer, social entrepreneur, and cultural strategist. In 2018 opened my second arts venue the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery (AEG) currently listed as the only fine arts gallery in the United States dedicated exclusively to the creative ideals, production, and artistic expression of Black *womxn.  Located in the highly gentrified KONO/Uptown Arts District in Oakland, CA, the AEG addresses cultural displacement and combats the erasure of Black history/lives by specializing in the display of works that investigate and inspire spiritual and social inquiry at the intersection of fact, the Black feminist imaginary, and Afrofuturism.  In this inaugural year we've installed 5 exhibits, hosted over 20 special events, and showcased the work of more than 32 local, national and international artists across genre and medium.  You can Check Out past/current shows at AsharaEkundayoGallery.co
MY WORK:
I moved to Oakland from Denver, CO eight years ago where some of the projects I founded included the Denver Pan African Film Festival, Cafe Nuba, and The Growhaus.  I also worked as designer and project director for a myriad of initiatives across sectors including environmental justice, HIV/AIDS, food security, and philanthropy.  My work in the Bay Area has primarily been in the field of social permaculture and social innovation as the Co-Founder and former Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland and Curator of Omi Gallery - a 16,000 sq. ft. co-working community and creative arts venue which set a precedent for radical inclusion practices in racial equity within the global social entrepreneurship sector.  Over the past 11 months I have focussed full time on arts equity consulting and exhibition curating through my company AECreative which has allowed me to bootstrap this beautiful pilot initiative the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery.  More at Ashara.io

NEXT STEPS:
In 2019
Ashara Ekundayo Gallery will incorporate Omi Arts as the "Project Space" within the venue and within the creative arts practice (CAP) curriculum to expand our audience, our marketing footprint, and our programming to include the production of collaborative new-media works, site-specific performance art, a video blog series, and very limited edition printed works from our CAP Residents. This will include partnering with guest curators and producers as well as civic and educational institutions to build upon the already extensive @OmiArts portfolio.  Yes, I said extensive!

WHAT IS OMI ARTS?
Omi Arts is an award-winning platform 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.  Past projects have included The Sweetwater Sessions, Breaking the Silence Town Hall on Girls & Women of Color, the Grits & Greens Breakfast Salon, and the Art & Race Conference.  Originally launched in 2013 as a social practice art gallery (formally known as Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland), Omi Arts creative arts practice intentionally nourishes partnerships between creatives, businesses, institutions and the public and hosts two (2) non-paid Residencies per calendar year at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery.  Omi Arts is a fiscally sponsored project of The Alliance for Arts, Media & Culture.

WILL YOU JOIN ME IN RADICAL PLACE-KEEPING?
Bay Area artistic spaces and galleries continue to be closed down monthly in the name of economic development and Oakland is "ground-zero" for this violent dis-placement.  People of color, Black & Brown folx in particular, continue to be shut out of the creative economy and denied access to spaces for liberatory practices as well as funding and sponsorship.  These are only a few of the reasons why AEG is so vital and radically important to the local and national arts ecosystem.  We need your Subscription to launch the Omi Arts Project Space and maintain this venue in a city grappling with extremely high instances of homelessness, redevelopment, and economic apartheid.   We have committed to not be silenced nor erased as we know that it is the creative economy which fuels ALL other economies in society.

YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO RECIPROCITY:
AEG is committed to holding space and celebrating a praxis that is rooted in and perpetuates the Notion and Being of Loving Blackness through the dreams and creative excellence of Black womxn - and to that end we believe in the practice of Reciprocity through Subscription.  Your partnership is an exchange of respect, creativity and currency - it is Not a Donation, It Is a Subscription with Benefits! - So What Does Your Subscription Get You (in addition to sustaining a small business and art venue owned by a woman-of-color)?

  • Special Shout-Outs on IG Stories @asharaekundayogallery
  • Listed as Patrons on asharaekundayogallery.com Blog page
  • Pre-Opening VIP Exhibition Mixers
  • Gallery Shwag (postcards, stickers, etc)
  • Sneek-peeks at Works-In-Progress via video
  • Invites & Admission to our Exclusive #HushhhArt Collector's Salon
  • Very Limited Edition Prints from our @OmiArts CAP Residents

So what this comes down to is, I need at least 100 people to Subscribe at $20/month for 2019 - Will You Join Me?

Deep gratitude and joy for your support!
~Ashara

*womxn is an all-inclusive term that invites the creativity of cis and trans women and gender non-conforming folx

Loving blackness as political resistance transforms our ways of looking and being and thus creates the conditions necessary for us to move against the forces of domination and death and reclaim black life.
- bell hooks
Tiers
Black Joy!
$5 or more per month 9 of 60 patrons
Get A Special IG Story Shout-Out + Access to @OmiArts Project Space W-I-P Videos
#BlackLoveMatters
$12 or more per month 7 of 40 patrons
For Only $3 Week Get ALL the Perks Above + Name Listed As Our Patron on www.asharaekundayogallery.com
BlackWomxnMagic
$20 or more per month 13 of 100 patrons
Everything Listed So Far + Shwag and VIP Pre-Exhibit Opening Mixers (in-person x online)
Black Liberation!
$52 or more per month 2 of 50 patrons
Shout-Outs, Shwag + Admission to Invite-Only HushhhArt Collector's Salons
Black Is Beautiful
$100 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
W-I-P videos, Shwag, Admission to HushhhArt Salon + Limited Edition Media (rare printed media created by @OmiArts Residents)
A VENUE FOR ART x CULTURE x CEREMONY
For more than 30 years I have lived and served my communities as an artist/independent curator, organizer, social entrepreneur, and cultural strategist. In 2018 opened my second arts venue the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery (AEG) currently listed as the only fine arts gallery in the United States dedicated exclusively to the creative ideals, production, and artistic expression of Black *womxn.  Located in the highly gentrified KONO/Uptown Arts District in Oakland, CA, the AEG addresses cultural displacement and combats the erasure of Black history/lives by specializing in the display of works that investigate and inspire spiritual and social inquiry at the intersection of fact, the Black feminist imaginary, and Afrofuturism.  In this inaugural year we've installed 5 exhibits, hosted over 20 special events, and showcased the work of more than 32 local, national and international artists across genre and medium.  You can Check Out past/current shows at AsharaEkundayoGallery.co
MY WORK:
I moved to Oakland from Denver, CO eight years ago where some of the projects I founded included the Denver Pan African Film Festival, Cafe Nuba, and The Growhaus.  I also worked as designer and project director for a myriad of initiatives across sectors including environmental justice, HIV/AIDS, food security, and philanthropy.  My work in the Bay Area has primarily been in the field of social permaculture and social innovation as the Co-Founder and former Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland and Curator of Omi Gallery - a 16,000 sq. ft. co-working community and creative arts venue which set a precedent for radical inclusion practices in racial equity within the global social entrepreneurship sector.  Over the past 11 months I have focussed full time on arts equity consulting and exhibition curating through my company AECreative which has allowed me to bootstrap this beautiful pilot initiative the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery.  More at Ashara.io

NEXT STEPS:
In 2019
Ashara Ekundayo Gallery will incorporate Omi Arts as the "Project Space" within the venue and within the creative arts practice (CAP) curriculum to expand our audience, our marketing footprint, and our programming to include the production of collaborative new-media works, site-specific performance art, a video blog series, and very limited edition printed works from our CAP Residents. This will include partnering with guest curators and producers as well as civic and educational institutions to build upon the already extensive @OmiArts portfolio.  Yes, I said extensive!

WHAT IS OMI ARTS?
Omi Arts is an award-winning platform 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.  Past projects have included The Sweetwater Sessions, Breaking the Silence Town Hall on Girls & Women of Color, the Grits & Greens Breakfast Salon, and the Art & Race Conference.  Originally launched in 2013 as a social practice art gallery (formally known as Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland), Omi Arts creative arts practice intentionally nourishes partnerships between creatives, businesses, institutions and the public and hosts two (2) non-paid Residencies per calendar year at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery.  Omi Arts is a fiscally sponsored project of The Alliance for Arts, Media & Culture.

WILL YOU JOIN ME IN RADICAL PLACE-KEEPING?
Bay Area artistic spaces and galleries continue to be closed down monthly in the name of economic development and Oakland is "ground-zero" for this violent dis-placement.  People of color, Black & Brown folx in particular, continue to be shut out of the creative economy and denied access to spaces for liberatory practices as well as funding and sponsorship.  These are only a few of the reasons why AEG is so vital and radically important to the local and national arts ecosystem.  We need your Subscription to launch the Omi Arts Project Space and maintain this venue in a city grappling with extremely high instances of homelessness, redevelopment, and economic apartheid.   We have committed to not be silenced nor erased as we know that it is the creative economy which fuels ALL other economies in society.

YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO RECIPROCITY:
AEG is committed to holding space and celebrating a praxis that is rooted in and perpetuates the Notion and Being of Loving Blackness through the dreams and creative excellence of Black womxn - and to that end we believe in the practice of Reciprocity through Subscription.  Your partnership is an exchange of respect, creativity and currency - it is Not a Donation, It Is a Subscription with Benefits! - So What Does Your Subscription Get You (in addition to sustaining a small business and art venue owned by a woman-of-color)?

  • Special Shout-Outs on IG Stories @asharaekundayogallery
  • Listed as Patrons on asharaekundayogallery.com Blog page
  • Pre-Opening VIP Exhibition Mixers
  • Gallery Shwag (postcards, stickers, etc)
  • Sneek-peeks at Works-In-Progress via video
  • Invites & Admission to our Exclusive #HushhhArt Collector's Salon
  • Very Limited Edition Prints from our @OmiArts CAP Residents

So what this comes down to is, I need at least 100 people to Subscribe at $20/month for 2019 - Will You Join Me?

Deep gratitude and joy for your support!
~Ashara

*womxn is an all-inclusive term that invites the creativity of cis and trans women and gender non-conforming folx

Loving blackness as political resistance transforms our ways of looking and being and thus creates the conditions necessary for us to move against the forces of domination and death and reclaim black life.
- bell hooks

Recent posts by Ashara Ekundayo Gallery & Omi Arts Project Space

Tiers
Black Joy!
$5 or more per month 9 of 60 patrons
Get A Special IG Story Shout-Out + Access to @OmiArts Project Space W-I-P Videos
#BlackLoveMatters
$12 or more per month 7 of 40 patrons
For Only $3 Week Get ALL the Perks Above + Name Listed As Our Patron on www.asharaekundayogallery.com
BlackWomxnMagic
$20 or more per month 13 of 100 patrons
Everything Listed So Far + Shwag and VIP Pre-Exhibit Opening Mixers (in-person x online)
Black Liberation!
$52 or more per month 2 of 50 patrons
Shout-Outs, Shwag + Admission to Invite-Only HushhhArt Collector's Salons
Black Is Beautiful
$100 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
W-I-P videos, Shwag, Admission to HushhhArt Salon + Limited Edition Media (rare printed media created by @OmiArts Residents)