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How did the Oakland Museum become such a hotspot?

H. Lenn Keller and Oakland Museum
Sistah Boom Jam After San Francisco Pride, June 1982.

This is a big year for the Oakland Museum of California. Curators are preparing for another major exhibit this spring. It’s called Queer California: Untold Stories, and it explores the LGTBQ + culture and history in the state. 

[The Oakland Museum] was built as a museum of the people. I think what we're doing today is delivering on that original mission.

This fall the museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary. OMCA has changed a lot over 50 years. It’s even become a Friday night hot spot. OMCA Deputy Director Kelley McKinley talks about how it evolved. 

The OMCA exhibit Queer California: Untold Stories opens April 13th.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.