Congratulations to the 10th Annual Oakland Indie Award Winners!
High Road Employer: Spice Monkey | Howden Market
Pillar: Deborah Vaughan
Deborah Vaughan uses dance as a medium to break down cultural barriers, and gives young people the opportunity to learn from master artists through free and low cost classes. Since 1973, she has paid tribute to the African American experience, through shows like “Project Panther" and "Down the Congo Line." She has garnered national and international acclaim for her performances around the world and throughout the United States.
Social Changemaker: Betti Ono
Betti Ono is a cultural anchor whose mission is to inspire limitless creativity. With a slant towards experimentation and independent thinking, the gallery has contributed immensely to the success of downtown Oakland’s vibrant Arts & Entertainment District by hosting monthly arts and entertainment happenings, fundraisers, workshops, screenings, and community gatherings.
Youth Opportunity: The Town Kitchen
The Town Kitchen provides fair wage employment, job training, entrepreneurial training, and college-course credit to Oakland youth while supporting other local food vendors. They introduce under-served youth to talented chefs & start-up entrepreneurs so they have the skills and network to pursue their future.
Oakland Soul: SKIN Oakland
SKIN Oakland curates inclusive events that celebrate the common rhythm and ancestral bonds of African and Latin diaspora, employing artists, designers, sound engineers, and more. They embody the soul of Oakland by creating parties for a purpose, while organizing community voter registration drives, volunteer days, food drives, and fundraisers.
Innovative Newcomer: Uptima Business Bootcamp
Starting up in 2014, Uptima is the first business accelerator in the world to employ a cooperative enterprise. Entrepreneurs and freelancers in their program have a direct say in how the business is run and share in the profits. Uptima creates opportunity for its participants with the goal of creating thriving, successful businesses.
Ripple Effect: Show & Tell Concept Shop
Show & Tell offers a safe and welcoming space to showcase brands and products that subvert the status quo and contribute to the advancement of LGBTQ, women, and people of color. This lifestyle brand, concept shop, gallery, and gathering space serves as a platform for local independent, sustainable, and cause-driven goods. They give visibility to the work of artists and makers who have been marginalized and underserved while offering free consultation on production, branding, and marketing.
Thank you to our 10th Annual Oakland Indie Awards judges!
Food Craft Institute
Flight Deck/Ragged Wing
Oakland Public Library
Neighborhood Funder's Group
East Bay College Fund
Main Street Launch
Oakland Museum of CA
East Bay Community Foundation
Zachary's Chicago Pizza
Beneficial State Bank
Ella Baker Center
Game Theory Academy
CASA of Contra Costa County
Athen B Gallery
Beneficial State Bank
Ubuntu Theater Project