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“Into the Brightness” Gallery Activation Hour at OMCA

November 1, 2023, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Due to popular demand, OMCA is expanding their Gallery Activation Hour!

During this Special Edition Gallery Activation Hour, NIAD artists featured in Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth & NIAD will be in the gallery discussing their art and process.

NIAD artists Carlota Rodriguez, Esmeralda Silva and Mireya Betances will be participating.

About Gallery Activation Hour

Enjoy talking about Museum exhibition themes and exploring how they relate to your life? Join us for Gallery Activation Hour, an informal drop-in experience, every Saturday from 1 to 2pm in OMCA’s Great Hall.

In addition to weekly Saturday Gallery Activation Hour and during the run of Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth & NIAD, artists from the show will host a Special Edition Gallery Activation Hour, 12 pm- 1 pm every first Wednesday and as part of select Friday Nights at OMCA from 6 to 8 pm.

Gallery Activation Hour and the Special Edition Gallery Activation Hour allow visitors to spend time with our enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer Gallery Activation facilitators and Into the Brightness artists who will generate conversations and engagement throughout the hour, reimagining how we activate our galleries.

Reservations are not required, but non-members will need to purchase a special exhibition ticket to see the exhibit.


The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to providing programs that are accessible, welcoming, and inclusive of our community. Assistive listening devices and wheelchairs are available for checkout on a first come, first served basis at the Ticketing Desk. To request other accommodations, like American Sign Language (ASL), Cantonese, Spanish or another language interpreter, please email visitor@museumca.org at least three weeks before the event.


Now on view I Great Hall

In collaboration with three profound Bay Area institutions, Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth & NIAD celebrates myriad works from contemporary artists with developmental disabilities. From painting to sculpture to multimedia, these world-renowned artists are producing work of incredible power, exuberance, humor, complexity, and joy.

Into the Brightness presents a variety of dynamic perspectives from the artists’ personal experiences of the world. This original, collaborative exhibition is the largest museum exhibition in over a decade featuring artists from the three local organizations –Creativity Explored in San Francisco, Creative Growth in Oakland, and NIAD (Nurturing Independence Through Artistic Development) Art Center in Richmond. 

Featured artists include: Saul Alegria, Peter Cordova, Tranesha Smith-Kilgore, Marlon Mullen, Dorian Reid, William Scott, Dinah Shapiro, Nicole Storm, and Marilyn Wong.

Now on view though January 21, 2024. 


November 1, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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