Best Multi-Use Museum in West Oakland: Alena Museum

Founded in 2015, Alena Museum is the labor of love of Hager Seven Asefaha who transformed a warehouse in West Oakland into a fully functioning space to host art and culture events and serve as a studio space where artists can evolve and grow their ideas. Asfaha dubbed the space Alena Museum — “Alena” means “we are here” in Tigrigna, a language spoken in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia. The central intention of Alena Museum is to support and advance the cultural richness of the African Diaspora, and since its founding, it has hosted locals such as Club Chai and Bryant Terry ,and notable out-of-town visitors including South London’s Groundnut Collective, DJ Eden Hagos, and author and poet Malanda Jean-Claude. Currently, a core group of artists lead the efforts in developing programing at Alena Museum, including founder and curator Asfaha, filmmaker and visual artist Sephora Woldu, photographer and The House of Malico co-founder Sasha Kelley, and muralist Andre Jones and multimedia artist Lance Coleman. Alena Museum is open to visitors on First Fridays, during open studios on the first Saturday of the month and by appointment.
2725 Magnolia St, Oakland, AlenaMuseum.com.

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