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Celebrating the vibrant historic and cultural relationships, past and present, between the Pacific Islands and California, Pacific Worlds examines the deep and many-layered histories of this region's interactions with the Pacific, and explores the on-going connections between Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians, along with Filipinos, Native Californians, and American collectors and colonists.

Turning the familiar idea of California as the western frontier on its head and re-positioning the State as "the East Coast of the Pacific," Pacific Worlds weaves together never-before-seen objects and ephemera from the Oakland Museum of California's collections along with contemporary California Pacific Islander artwork and community voices. Through the exhibition, visitors will experience how Pacific Islanders in California today maintain cultural practices including dance and music, food, fiber arts, tattooing, surfing, and other practices.

Pacific Worlds is presented to coincide with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco. The exhibition is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence, the Oakland Museum Women's Board, Matson Foundation, James Campbell Company LLC and Stephen and Susan Chamberlin. Additional support is provided by the OMCA History Guild.

Pacific Worlds Community Welcoming
Friday, June 5, 2015, 6 pm

OMCA exchanges welcomes with the Bay Area's Pacific Islander community, inviting visitors from all walks of life to come experience Pacific Worlds, the new exhibition featuring stories from Pacific people and culture. Beginning with acoustic music and dance performances, including Tongan ukulele, Hawai'ian hula, and Maori Powhiri, as well as Samoan artist Uilisone Fitiao leading a procession from the lush Museum gardens to the exhibition in OMCA's Great Hall.,The welcome will acknowledge the Pacific Islander communities and individuals who helped to make the exhibition possible.

Cost: Included with Museum admission. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Members are always free.
Celebrating the vibrant historic and cultural relationships, past and present, between the Pacific Islands and California, Pacific Worlds examines the deep and many-layered histories of this region's interactions with the Pacific, and explores the on-going connections between Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians, along with Filipinos, Native Californians, and American collectors and colonists.

Turning the familiar idea of California as the western frontier on its head and re-positioning the State as "the East Coast of the Pacific," Pacific Worlds weaves together never-before-seen objects and ephemera from the Oakland Museum of California's collections along with contemporary California Pacific Islander artwork and community voices. Through the exhibition, visitors will experience how Pacific Islanders in California today maintain cultural practices including dance and music, food, fiber arts, tattooing, surfing, and other practices.

Pacific Worlds is presented to coincide with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco. The exhibition is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence, the Oakland Museum Women's Board, Matson Foundation, James Campbell Company LLC and Stephen and Susan Chamberlin. Additional support is provided by the OMCA History Guild.

Pacific Worlds Community Welcoming
Friday, June 5, 2015, 6 pm

OMCA exchanges welcomes with the Bay Area's Pacific Islander community, inviting visitors from all walks of life to come experience Pacific Worlds, the new exhibition featuring stories from Pacific people and culture. Beginning with acoustic music and dance performances, including Tongan ukulele, Hawai'ian hula, and Maori Powhiri, as well as Samoan artist Uilisone Fitiao leading a procession from the lush Museum gardens to the exhibition in OMCA's Great Hall.,The welcome will acknowledge the Pacific Islander communities and individuals who helped to make the exhibition possible.

Cost: Included with Museum admission. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Members are always free.
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