Public Programs Calendar

All public programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise indicated.

show only future programs

TELL ME MORE | Scholarly Voices from the African Diaspora

Saturday December 1, 2012

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This series is designed to bring different scholars to MoAD who will present on a variety of topics related to the African Diaspora. These events create a bridge of conversation between scholars and the community. All talks occur on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm in the Salon. Seating is limited.

Chris Chatmon discusses Black Male Achievement. Chatmon is the Executive Director of the African American Male Achievement Department for the Oakland Unified School District and Education Committee Chair for 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc.

Free with MoAD Admission.

Bookmark and Share

Authors in Conversation | Ascension: giovanni singleton in conversation with D. Scot Miller

Thursday December 6, 2012

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

giovanni singleton's debut collection Ascension was awarded the 81st California Book Award Gold Medal for poetry. In these poems of intentionality, the behearer and the beholder approach the world with an attitude of longing—for less: less sorrow, less suffering. Daily practice delivers the speaker to profound meditations on the nature of the self.  Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon said that singleton's poems, "lets silence do its work. She makes poems with something to offer besides the self: space itself. I am so interested in what she does with blank space." And it is from this juncture that writer, visual artist, and curator, D. Scot Miller will begin a conversation with singleton covering silence, Buddhism, dream-work, memory, craft and expanding the boundaries of black poetry.

giovanni singleton is a poet, teacher, and founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to the work of artists and writers of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces.  A recipient of a New Langton Bay Area Award Show for Literature, she frequently presents on writing, editing, and graphic design at schools and conferences, including the American Literature Association and Spelman College. She has been a fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Cave Canem, and the Napa Valley Writers Conference. singleton has taught at Saint Mary’s College, Naropa University, and in museums and schools throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

D. Scot Miller is a Bay Area writer, visual artist, teacher, and curator. He sits on the board of advisors for nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts and is a regular contributor to The East Bay Express, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Popmatters, and Mosaic Magazine. A 2011 San Francisco Arts Commission recipient for his AfroSurreal San Francisco Project, Miller is the author of The AfroSurreal Manifesto. He is also completing a book of AfroSurreal poems and an AfroSurreal novel, Knot Frum Hear.

Free with MoAD Admission.

Bookmark and Share

Performance | Lorraine Hansberry Theatre @ MoAD presents a staged reading of Lorena Gale's Angelique

Saturday December 8, 2012

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at MoAD is a collaboration that connects theater and the visual arts, bringing both audiences together, making each art form more accessible and relevant to both constituencies and providing context across art forms. Each presentation will be followed by an audience discussion.

Join us for a staged reading of Angelique, by Lorena Gale. This play is a unique exploration of slavery that, through the eyes of a single character, acquaints us with the day-to-day detailsof bondage in an urban setting and makes events in the 18th century touch us as though they were happening today.

Founded in 1981, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (LHT) presents plays by America's foremost African-American and multicultural playwrights. LHT has produced over 130 plays, including west coast and world premieres, experimental works, classics in the African-American canon, lively musicals, and poignant socio-political dramas. LHT distinguishes itself as an eclectic learning community, sustained by both rigor and creativity. LHT draws from aesthetic, cultural and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay Area to enrich and strengthen the performing arts. 

A series of four programs will be presented over the following Saturdays: October 27, 2012; December 8, 2012; February 9, 2013; and May 4, 2013.

Free with MoAD Admission and for LHT Subscribers.

Bookmark and Share

Performance | Copresented with CIIS Public Programs & Performances

Saturday December 8, 2012

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sweet Honey in the Rock | Celebrating the Holydays

Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Internationally renowned a capella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock presents a one-of-a-kind seasonal concert, celebrating music from many faiths and religions of the globe through stunning vocal prowess rooted in the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions. With American spirituals, Latin, Chinese, African, and Hebrew influences, this program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa. Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 (with Mie, Carol Maillard and Louise Robinson) at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company, Sweet Honey In The Rock has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C., and in communities of conscience around the world. 

MoAD Members receive a 20% discount on tickets. For discount code, email

For more information:

Bookmark and Share


Saturday December 15, 2012

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

MoAD's newest exhibition Desert Jewels contains over 80 spectacular pieces of jewelry from North Africa. Join us for this beginners workshop and create your own jewelry masterpiece just in time for the holidays.

The workshop will be facilitated by Val Fullove Smith. Ms. Smith is a well known Bay area jewelry designer and the creator of SIMPLE TREASURES Jewelry with collections at MoAD and San Francisco’s Ritz Carlton Hotel. You can view pieces from her collection at

Attendence at the workhshop is $30 (payable in advance) and includes all materials EXCEPT needle nose pliers which must be provided by the participant.

For questions about the workshop or to RSVP, please email Seating is limited, please register early.

Bookmark and Share

FAMILY PROGRAM | The Songs of Kwanzaa with Q.B. Williams

Saturday December 15, 2012

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join Q.B. Williams for The Songs of Kwanzaa, which highlight each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Q.B. will teach us about the holiday and its principles through his music. The audience will join him with singing and playing percussive instruments. The performance will be followed by a craft activity. Families will make handmade paper with embedded flower seeds, and take home plantable Kwanzaa cards. The Songs of Kwanzaa will be from 2-3pm in the MoAD Salon followed by the craft activity from 3-5pm in the Education Center.

Q.B. Williams is a self-taught musician who has written music for nine stage plays, a PacBell training film, The Oakland Film Commission's promotional video, and The Vukani Mawethu Choir for which he was musical director for five years. He has been a music instructor at Peralta Elementary School for the last eleven years and performs kid shows at daycare centers, birthday parties and other special events. Occasionally he can be seen sitting in on congas, percussion and/or vocals with various Bay Area artists.

This program is presented as part of the series Folktales Across the African Diaspora, which is supported by a generous grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Free with MoAD Admission.

Bookmark and Share

SACRED MUSIC, SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP | Symbolic Meaning in North African Jewelry and Music

Sunday December 16, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

North Africa has an intricate cultural heritage because of its rich history, due to its strategic location near Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. Throughout its history there was a dynamic cultural exchange among people of different ethnic groups who settled there over the centuries. This is reflected in North African architecture, music, and crafts in general.

Fattah Abbou, founding member of AZA Music, will present a lecture on North African culture with special attention to the symbolic and cultural significance of the jewelry and music of the region. Together with his musical partner Mohamed Aoualou, they will perform traditional Tamazight (Berber) music indigenous to the Atlas mountains of Morrocco.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection.

Sacred Music, Sunday Fellowship is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Free with MoAD Admission.

Bookmark and Share

December 2012
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31