Oakland, CA – December 23, 2014 — Born and raised in Oakland, Libby Schaaf will launch her tenure as Oakland’s 50th mayor with a week-long series of "Made in Oakland" events celebrating the unparalleled diversity, creativity and can-do spirit of California’s eighth largest city. The festivities kick off Monday January 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm with the City of Oakland’s official Inauguration Ceremony at the famed Paramount Theatre of the Arts. A full slate of activities celebrating all things Oakland will continue throughout the week, culminating in a free arts and community celebration on Sunday, January 11, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm at American Steel Studios in West Oakland.
The January 5 Inauguration Ceremony at the Paramount is open to the public. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. The official swearing-in ceremony will also feature a jazz band, marching band and cheerleaders from Schaaf’s alma mater, Skyline High School. Acclaimed Oakland a capella group SoVoSo will also perform, with founding member Bryan Dyer also a Skyline alum, singing the national anthem.
The January 11 "Made in Oakland" Inaugural Festival at American Steel Studios, a massive workspace and creative playground for artists and innovators founded in 2009, is also free and open to the public. The cutting-edge art coming out of American Steel is being shown all over the world, with many iconic works featured annually at Burning Man. The event celebrates the artistry and maker spirit of Oakland through live music, a Burning Man-style sculpture exhibit, art cars, a curated art gallery, local filmmakers, aerialists, an interactive kids zone and more. A special performance by world-renowned vertical dance pioneers BANDALOOP will highlight the celebration that will also include a variety of local dance troupes. West Oakland's Attitudinal Healing Center will host community conversations and performances centered on peace and unity. An array of great eats from popular local food vendors and trucks – in addition to Oakland wines and craft beers – will be available for purchase. The event is being hosted in partnership with American Steel Studios, Oakland Makers, Oakland Grown and Attitudinal Healing Center. Oakland’s own Glynn Washington, host of NPR’s Snap Judgment, will emcee the event.
Other events taking place throughout Inaugural Week include a citywide business breakfast hosted by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce on Thursday January 8; "Oakland City Camp" innovation summit on January 9 & 10; "Oakland Service Saturday" on January 10 kicking off with a neighborhood beautification project in the Fruitvale district led by Mayor Schaaf and District 5 Councilmember Noel Gallo; and "Faith in Oakland" visits to local churches citywide, plus other activities to be announced.