Since 2014, the East Oakland Black Cultural Zone Collaborative Partners has worked with a coalition of residents, government agencies, churches, and grassroots organizing and community groups to help keep Black folks in East Oakland. Through our strategy of building power, securing land, and directing more dollars to community driven projects we can secure a foothold in East Oakland that finally allows our neighborhoods to thrive.
BCZ Collaborative Partner Highlight: Founded in 2013, Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) is a nonprofit that creates permanent, affordable space for artists, creative entrepreneurs, and arts and culture organizations in one of the most expensive regions to live and work in the United States. Like a “living lab”, we test and remix concepts using financing and structural models to acquire and hold space while creating new ways of bringing people together that center arts and culture. Through our work, we make and steward spaces to secure the cultural soul of the San Francisco Bay Area, for now and for future generations.