URBAN CO[LAB]: Planners Supporting Arts, Culture, and Belonging

APA California — Northern is thrilled to announce, “Urban CO[LAB]: Planners Supporting Arts, Culture, and Belonging,” a social fundraiser and forum designed to explore the intersection of urban planning, arts, and culture. Scheduled for Thursday, May 9th, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland, this event promises an evening of insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and a celebration of the community’s creative spirit.

Event Details

“URBAN CO[LAB]: Planners Supporting Arts, Culture, and Belonging” will feature a buffet-style dinner, drinks, an engaging lineup of short films, and a moderated panel discussion with esteemed panelists Robert Ogilvie, Ashara Ekundayo, and Shannon Jackson. These experts will explore how planners and artists combine their expertise to create vibrant cities and how the planning profession can support arts, culture, and belonging through practice and policy.


Empowering Culture in Our Cities
Directed by Camille Servan-Schreiber and produced by California Humanities, the 14-minute video recounts the two learning expeditions organized in Oakland and Saint-Denis in October and November 2019. This inspiring documentary beautifully highlights the strength and vitality of the two cities and their inhabitants and their capacity and willingness to improve things.
Black Joy StoryWindows: A Curated Art Walk In Downtown Oakland
In response to the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 regulations and restrictions on indoor gatherings and events, StoryWindows is an effort to create a safe outdoor, walkable, multimedia storefront gallery experience in the heart of downtown Oakland. You will also see the installation of All Power to All People, a one-of-a-kind monument that sparked meaningful conversations nationwide for the past several years. It will be installed in Latham Square and serve as the epicenter of our StoryWindows launch.

Supporting Future Planners

In addition to fostering dialogue around arts and urban planning, the event will feature a silent auction benefiting the California Planning Foundation. Proceeds from the auction will provide scholarships to students from backgrounds underrepresented in the planning field, supporting the next generation of planners in their educational endeavors. If you would like to donate items for auction, please see the Call for Donations.

Tickets and Registration

Tickets for the event are available for purchase online. As space is limited, APA members and guests are encouraged to register early.


APA Member and Non-Member Rates: $10–$40

APA Member: Tickets are offered on a sliding scale and based on current membership to the APA California — Northern. Please select the ticket type that is appropriate for you. To purchase tickets, please visit the Eventbrite Page.

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