Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf will celebrate her inauguration as Oakland’s 50th mayor with a weeklong series of “Made in Oakland” events lauding the diversity, creativity and can-do spirit of the city.
The festivities kick off Monday, Jan. 5 at 3:30 p.m. with the City of Oakland’s official Inauguration ceremony at the Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway in Oakland.
A full slate of activities will continue throughout the week, culminating in a free arts and community celebration on Sunday, Jan. 11, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at American Steel Studios, 1960 Mandela Parkway in West Oakland.
The official inauguration ceremony is free and open to the public. The ceremony will feature a jazz band, marching band and cheerleaders from Schaaf’s alma mater, Skyline High School.
Acclaimed Oakland a cappella group SoVoSo will also perform, with founding member Bryan Dyer singing the national anthem.
The Jan. 11 “Made in Oakland” Inaugural Festival at American Steel Studios, a massive workspace and creative playground for artists and innovators founded in 2009, is also free and open to the public.
There will be live music, a Burning Man-style sculpture exhibit, art cars, a curated art gallery, local filmmakers, an interactive kids zone and more.
The event is hosted in partnership with American Steel Studios, Oakland Makers, Oakland Grown and Attitudinal Healing Center.
Schaaf recently choose Tomiquia Moss as her new chief of staff. Moss recently worked as Community Planning Policy Director for the urban policy think tank, SPUR, based in the Bay Area.
Other of Schaaf’s events taking place throughout inaugural week includes a citywide business breakfast on Jan. 8, and “Oakland City Camp” innovation summit on Jan. 9-10.
“Oakland Service Saturday” will kick off on Jan. 10 with a neighborhood beautification project in the Fruitvale district led by Mayor Schaaf and District 5 Councilmember Noel Gallo, plus “Faith in Oakland” visits to local churches citywide.
For more information about Mayor Libby Schaaf’s “Made in Oakland” Inaugural Week schedule, visit LibbyforOakland.com.