LIFE is LIVING establishes a new model for partnerships between diverse and under-resourced communities, green action agencies, and the contemporary arts world.
Life is Living is recognized as a national model for community engagement and audience development bringing together diverse and under-resourced communities, green action agencies, and the contemporary arts world. Partner cities have included Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Norfolk and Atlanta.
Over ten years, Life is Living transformed West Oakland’s Defremery Park through installations, performance, dance, sports, music, healing circles, a kids zone, multimedia projects, and cultural presentations. Over $650,000 has been invested into restoration efforts for the park by the City of Oakland since we began the Festival. Presented in collaboration with over one hundred local artists and organizations, Life is Living builds off the legacy of the Black Panthers, who were headquartered in the park, sparking new waves of arts and activism grounded in community celebration.