Oakland Tech is committed to our work on increasing equity, expanding Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and augmenting the voices of our scholars.
Beginning in February, the OUSD Equity Team, Black Student Union and Community School Partners are hosting an Art and Writing Competition.
The Student Voices Campaign utilizes the power of arts education to amplify student voice, encouraging school and community leaders to take students’ perspective into consideration when making decisions that affect students.
For the 2020-2021 school year, the Student Voices Campaign invites California public school students to submit works of artfrom across all arts disciplines that address important community issues and respond to the question: How Will You Use Your Creativity to Impact Your School and Community?
Students deserve equitable access to a well-rounded education with full access to the arts as mandated by California law. They also deserve a seat at the table when it comes to conversations that affect them and the earlier youth are civically engaged, the stronger their commitment to our democracy will be.
Please join us on Nov.19th for the 2020-2021 Student Voices Campaign launch webinar to learn more about the campaign and how you can support youth voice in your community.
Tech students – Benjamin Ard, Malcolm Best, Kazeem Elebute, Grace Gulli, Johnny Kaster, Danny Le, Melak Makonnen, Zoe Rhodes King, Jorianna Riester Graham, Jack Riley and Brandon Wong – members of the Jazz Ensemble OEASE – formed by high school aged jazz musicians in Oakland have collaborated for a piece called: “Freedom of Speech”
This collaboration between the Oakland Eastside All Star Ensemble and Oakland-based Hip Hop artist JAHI. OEASE was created with the support of SFJazz and Generations in Jazz Foundation. Special thanks to video editor Jean Black of Black Camera Productions and audio engineer, Mike Aaberg. This project speaks to the urgency of addressing racial equality and the systemic problems embedded in American society. These young musicians use their song and spirit to fight for what needs to change in our world.
In early March 2020 the RTSO – a local amateur string group – was asked to join in a side-by-side performance the Tech’s Orchestra for their Spring Recital, adding their strings to ours. Mr Allen, our recently retired Music Director, invited Zoe King, an accomplished clarinetist in the Jazz Band and a member of the Oakland Youth Orchestra and OEA Jazz Group, to perform as a soloist the Clarinet Concerto No. 3 from Karl Stamitz. Students and adults were excited for the up coming combined performance, and were looking forward to the April Spring Recital.
Then, came COVID-19. And, everything changed.
As early Spring turned into Summer the RTSO reached out to Zoe and asked if she was still interested in playing the piece. She was!
We recorded this piece on August 2nd in the RTSO’s conductor, David Morris’ garden, along with members of RTSO that wanted to send in their own singular recordings and assembled as part of a larger video meant to be shared with Senior Residences around Oakland – you can see the recently released entire video at this link.
Contest details, information on prizes, and a link to the submission form are included below.
All submissions are due online by August 10, 2020 before midnight.
Proceeds from the variety show will fund grants to Bay Area arts organizations and teaching artists who provide arts education in Oakland’s schools.
If you are Oakland student aged 4-18, or you know a youth artist that might like to participate, please see below and share this information
We can’t wait to see all of your brilliant works!
This Thursday – 7/23/2020 – rising 11th graders and Oakland Tech Jazz Band members, Johnny Kaster, Benjamin Ard, Malcolm Best and Jack Riley will join Sheila E., Stevie Wonder Michael Franti, Angela Davis, Damian Lillard and other musicians and celebrities for a virtual benefit concert to raise money for Black Lives Matter, YP Media and Elevate Oakland.