PLACE is a community hub that nurtures physical gathering space for the community. This hub allows people to see regenerative solutions in practice and gain access to the knowledge and resources to empower them to take action in their own lives, neighborhoods, towns, cities, and bio-regions.
As an events and maker-space organization, we have been extending community space as a tool and resource for healing, organizing, and co-creating art, visions, and equitable systems. This includes everything from community organizing, regenerative building, political education, cooking and medicine making demonstrations, hands-on gardening, solidarity fundraisers, cultural gatherings, spiritual ceremonies, song circles, community clay making, dance workshops, meditation classes, film screenings, local concerts and jams, and many other things that paint the intersectionality of the movement.
We honor the diverse backgrounds, paths, and lineages that have led up to us connecting with PLACE. We respectfully acknowledge that we are on Ohlone Chochenyo Native land, and that the Bay Area is experiencing patterns of housing development and displacement that fuels a racial wealth gap. It is important for the art, community, and eco-environmental work we hold space for to be grounded in a framework that does not perpetuate white supremacy, settler colonialism and systemic discrimination, violence, and erasure.
In solidarity, PLACE will explicitly prioritize holding community space for groups and individuals that are led by and serve Native, Black, People of Color, local, low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQIA2S+ communities.
We believe that it is crucial to collectively uplift the power and voices of frontline community climate solutionaries who experience the most direct relationships within extractive and oppressive systems. Ally individuals and organizations are also welcome to use this space as long as their intentions are in alignment with the values and principles named above. The funding we receive from more resourced communities helps us provide free and low cost space and community programming to communities with access to less financial resources.
As a community, PLACE is deeply committed a decolonized vision of community and connection to one another and our planet. We work to center those most impacted by colonial and capitalistic marginalization to realize this vision for justice and equity.
We see that amidst all of our critical movement building, there is a need for deeper work towards collective liberation. We strive to create an open and honest environment that actively confronts the state of our unstable economic, environmental, and political climate.
We believe that authentic relationships between diverse groups of people comes from the hard work of trust building. It is crucial to our work at PLACE to have many perspectives present in our community. We are committed to embracing the tough conversations that are necessary in order to grow as individuals and as a collective.
We are passionate about growing and sharing food and plant medicines, cultivating common spaces, uplifting art, music, culture, and ancestral knowledge, and upholding values of justice and cooperation.
See how PLACE transformed from a parking lot into its look today in the video below.
Ernesto Hernandez Olmos is a multi-talented artist, specializing in many cultural art forms of the pre-Columbian peoples of Meso-America including music, dance, storytelling, sculpture, painting and making traditional instruments out of wood and clay. Ernesto was born in Oaxaca, México, and received his degree in art at “La Escuela de Bellas Artes” of the University of Oaxaca, and is an accomplished muralist with many standing artworks around the Bay Area. Ernesto is founder and director of Xaguia Gura and co-director of Balamoatl, projects dedicated to the diffusion of indigenous Meso-American culture, music, and dance. Ernesto has been collaborating with la Clinica de la Raza and the World Wide Indigenous sciences network as a Cultural Practitioner for 7 years, at la Cultura Cura in Fruitvale Oakland and San Rafael with Canal Welcome Center, serving Woman and Youth circles.