Experience Sankofa Project -
A Living Museum in Honor of African/Black History Month
Celebrate African/Black History Month
at the Experience Sankofa Project (ESP) Community Event
Saturday, February 23rd 4-8pm at Youth UpRising
8711 MacArthur Blvd in East Oakland, CA
FREE tickets available here
ESP is an innovative art exhibit that combines installation art with history, set design, modeling, and altars into an interactive theatrical and artistic experience of African history. Join artists Kufue, Mama Mizan, DeeJay RebelLion, Niqueen, Jazz & Bankh Akintunde, Senay Alkebulan & Refa1 as we curate powerful and provocative period-specific “living installations” using lights, sounds, smells, and actors/models that evoke visceral emotions as an ode to African peoples’ greatness, oppression, resistance, and aspiration.
From the Olduvai Gorge to Timbuktu, the Transatlantic Slave trade to Black Wallstreet, the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Panthers, this exhibit brings history to life, highlighting Oakland's specific contributions. It is our goal that community will glean a better understanding of African/Black peoples’ contributions to human civilization and ignite our collective capacity to build empathy and solidarity to transform our social realities and create a positive future.
Participants will engage with the exhibit in two key ways: First, we will host a series of guided tours, experiential reenactments, and facilitated discussions to understand context, causes, and characters that are important to African History. Second, as a part of their experiential learning process, participants are invited to contribute to a collective altar to re-imagine what our future will look like.
The Museum is Live from 4-6pm and from 6-8pm, we will conclude the evening with performances and a community ritual with Ogunlona Music, WolfHawkJaguar and Ajuana Black, hosted by Spear of the Nation. Food and vendors will be present. This is a FREE family event
PLEASE BE ADVISED: The Experience Sankofa Project is an interactive theatrical and artistic experience. Participants will walk through various historical scenes that use lights, sounds, smells and theatrical smoke machines. This Experience may trigger people with epilepsy, photo and chemical sensitivities, and/or other sensory processing issues. Participants should notify Spearitwurx staff of any concerns and ENTER AT THEIR OWN RISK