Civis Design Studio’s (CDC) project is focused on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), materially dispossessed, multilingual, refugee, and newcomer youth in Oakland who are currently disconnected from education systems and pathways to community and industry opportunities. It means to cultivate the education sector to be a bridge in a newly formed urban ecology zone via cross-sector partnerships and transformative popular education. The project will include the implementation of Movement Generation’s (MG) Just Transition framework workshop in three 10th grade SUDA classes at Castlemont High School and a field trip to engage in experiential learning about the farm to fork movement at Mills farm and another farm. CDC will also work with MG’s Creative Wildfire team to create artwork around ecological justice themes, launch an artist-in-residence project at Castlemont High School, and work on a grant between MG and Civic Design Studio to create a mural at Oakland library.
Civic Design Studio’s cultural strategy is to interrupt, challenge, and change existing structures and systems that continue to dispossess historically marginalized communities and provide pathways for youth and adult participants to develop real-world skills and knowledge to improve themselves and their communities
Lead Artist: Tommy Wong
Lead Researcher: Clif Lee