Betti Ono Launches Year Long Arts Initiative – The Fire Next Time: A Call & Response

The Fire Next Time: A Call & Response (#TFNTOakland) is a year long, Oakland led international arts and culture initiative designed to be part cultural think- tank + exhibition + instigation. TFNT: A Call and Response takes its name and inspiration from the life and legacy of James Baldwin and the band of artists, actors, instigators and agitators who worked together to advance freedom, human rights, racial + social justice all over the world.

BONJOUR: Day Party + Fundraiser Celebrating Art and Resistance Sept. 22, 1-5pm

In 1948, James Baldwin moved to France in search of the space to develop as a cultural thinker and writer that evaded him in this country. The contributions he made fighting for civil rights, justice and Black cultural radicalism-in addition to those of Maya Angelou, Malcolm X, Nina Simone, Stuart Hall and many others–inspired us to launch a year-long inquiry and cultural think tank entitled The Fire Next Time: A Call and Response (#TFNTOakland). Join us on September 22 from 1-5pm for BONJOUR: A Day Party + Fundraiser to raise critical funds for the project and celebrate this rich legacy of art and resistance!

August 7 – Sept 13, 2015 • Roots of the Cotton Tree: Works by Paul Lewin

Roots of the Cotton Tree: Works by Paul Lewin • August 7- August 29, 2015 Opening reception: August 7th, 2015, 6pm-9pm • RSVP on Facebook “Roots of the Cotton Tree” is a series of paintings inspired by sci­fi, fantasy, African folklore and Caribbean folklore. “Throughout the Caribbean Islands and in Africa, silk cotton trees are considered sacred,…

David Polka Studio Visit: A Photo Essay

Subject: David Polka Location: Faultline Artspace, Oakland, CA Team: Anyka Barber, Betti Ono Owner/Director/Curator Lexx Valdez, Betti Ono Gallery Manager Halline Overby, Photographer Ballad of the Broken Body: New Work by David Polka July 3rd-July 25th Opening Reception: Friday, July 3rd, 6pm-9pm / RSVP To request hi-res images for press, please contact