Our Story

Betti Ono is an experimentally minded space for art + culture + community founded in Oakland, California in 2010. We are 100% Black women-led and operated, dedicated to amplifying the work and voices of under-represented artists. Our vision and creative practice embody the bold, curious and unapologetic spirit of our name-sakes Betti Mabry Davis and Yoko Ono.

We value art-making as a form and function of activism, self-determination, community transformation, and cultural resilience. We celebrate the culture of everyday people and focus our core work on participation, accessibility, and inclusivity.

Betti Ono has received numerous awards for its artists engagement, exhibitions, programs and community partnerships including a two-time 2018 Essence Magazine nod as one of the 5 reasons to visit Oakland, Best of the Bay 2018 ‘Boutique Art Gallery” by Oakland Magazine, Nominations and/or winning ‘Best Gallery’ by East Bay Express readers in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014. Betti Ono has also received Alameda County Supervisors commendation for service in the community in 2017 and 2016, and the Beneficial State Bank 2016 Oakland Indie “Social Changemaker” Award.

Betti Ono is located at 1427 Broadway, in Downtown Oakland. Check out our events page at bettiono.com/space for information about booking your next fundraiser, party or special event.

Left photo courtesy of Adrian O. Walker and Black Women Over Breathing the exhibition presented at Betti Ono.