Transformative Visions – Oakland Arts Event Promoting Peace, Justice and Possibility

"An explosion of love, set to jazz!"

That’s the way one person described this dynamic event. For the fourth year, Oakland-based nonprofit, OneLife Institute, will present Transformative Visions, a multimedia art show and spoken word/jazz concert with a message of peace, justice, and possibility. The event takes place from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Studio One Art Center, 365 - 45th St., in Oakland. Admission is free and open to the public.

Scheduled to coincide with the annual observance of A Season for Nonviolence, “Transformative Visions” is intended to both challenge and inspire by offering a spiritually-rooted response to the critical concerns of the present day.

The event uses the arts to address issues like violence, poverty, racism, and the environment, but instead of simply describing the problems, seeks to provide a vision of hope beyond the current conditions.

The concert will feature jazz legends the Richard Howell Quintet, with Destiny the “Harpist from the Hood.” Spoken word artists will perform original works that carry a message of positive social change. This year’s line-up includes Aimee Suzara, Chas Jackson, Tha Ghetto Prophet, Queen Jahneen, Lex, and Richard Moore a.k.a. Paradise. More than 20 Bay Area visual artists will present works affirming values such as dignity, freedom, compassion, interdependence, peacemaking, justice, and healing. The art exhibit will be on display through March 26th.

“Transformative Visions centers on the power of the arts to heal, activate, and build community,” says Rev. Liza Rankow, founder and director of OneLife Institute. “In these times of local and global violence and upheaval, economic crisis, and social division, it’s important to come together and affirm that each of us carries a creative vision. Within each of us is the power to transform ourselves and our world.”

Image: "The Shaman's Heart" by Abba Yahudah (c) 2008. For more information, visit the One Life Institute.

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