Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC), a nonprofit that has invested in positive change of the Oakland community through the arts, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at Scott’s Seafood Pavilion, 2 Broadway in Jack London Square.
The event, which is themed “25 Years of Loving Our Community,” will include a keynote address by former TV news anchor Dana King, an open bar and silent auction, youth speakers, and The King Cosby Band. Founded in 1989, AHC has organized multiple programs and projects to engage the community and inspire creative youth expression, such as the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project under the 580 freeway on San Pablo Ave., Market Street, and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Student artists from Westlake Middle School and McClymonds High School created images of themselves as superheroes positively impacting their community, aspiring to inspire others. These murals are recognized as a landmark that exudes positivity through the eyes of young people.
The gala will also honor local community heroes with a Super Hero Award for their outstanding dedication to change and community service work. This year’s honorees include: Belva Davis, journalist and trailblazer; Paul Cobb, publisher and owner of the Post News Group; Dr. Tom Pinkson, author and founder of the Wakan Community; and Steve A. Jones, educator and co-owner of Plantain Studios.
“Over the past 25 years, our work has been an anchor in the community and a vehicle for expression and voice for thousands of children youth and families,” said Amana Harris, AHC Associate Director. “As we move into the next 25 years, we aim to spread our mission and vision by creating a visual and aesthetic language that reaches into our inner core of love and spreads beyond the boundaries of our imaginations.”
For more information and tickets, call (510) 652-5530 or visit ahc-oakland.org.