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The Arts in Action program was developed by Oaklandish to support the creative endeavors of dynamic and inspiring young artists in Oakland. Each participant becomes an Oaklandish Sponsored Artist for one calendar year, and is tasked with representing the unique culture of Oakland to the world.

 

2011 I AM OAKLANDISH ARTISTS

 

 

MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's leading voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. He is curator of the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts at Youth Speaks, where he mentors 13 - 19 year old writers.

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NATHAN LEE
Nathan Lee is an up-and-coming filmmaker from Oakland, California. An alumnus of Expression College for Digital Arts for the Sound Arts, Nate believes the next big creative movement out of Oakland will be centered around film.

 

RAFAEL CASAL
At the age of 18, Casal was invited to perform on seasons four, five and six of Russel Simmons presents Def Poetry and has been tirelessly expanding his artistic portfolio ever since.

 

CHINAKA HODGE
Chinaka Hodge is a poet and playwright. Originally from Oakland, California, she was named Best Poet by the East Bay Express in 2008. Her most recent book, For Girls with Hips, released in May 2006, is in its third publication.