|The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) has announced Anyka Barber as its new Director of Engagement.
Barber brings more than 10 years of extensive experience in arts administration, cultural programming, and business development to this leadership role at OMCA.
Her includes seven years of experience as Founder and Director of Betti Ono gallery in Oakland, an arts space and creative social enterprise committed to the cultural, social, political, and economic emancipation and development of low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities of color.
In her role as founder and director of Betti Ono, Barber has attracted more than $2 Million in neighborhood level investments, transforming the downtown Oakland community with award-winning, internationally recognized programs.
She also led more than 60 cultural programs, performances, exhibitions, and events at the gallery. Barber has earned many awards and honors.
“Anyka brings incredible experience to her role as Director of Engagement at OMCA, which will directly support community partnerships, program development, education initiatives, and volunteer engagement at the Oakland Museum of California,” says OMCA Director and CEO Lori Fogarty.
“She has a deep understanding of the importance of the arts’ role in social impact and is extremely well immersed in the Bay Area cultural community. We are thrilled to bring Anyka’s creative vision and her strong ties and dedication to community work to OMCA,” said Fogarty.
Since 2015, Barber has worked with the San Francisco Foundation as a Program Officer and Multicultural Fellow, responsible for grantmaking and strategy implementation, including activating more than $10 Million in investments to prevent the displacement of low-income communities of color and preserve the racial and cultural identity of the Bay Area.
In these roles, she also served as liaison and advisor to external partners such as the City and County of San Francisco Arts Commission, City of Oakland Mayor’s Taskforce on Artists Affordable Housing and Workspaces, and the Northern California Grantmakers Arts Loan Fund Steering Committee.
In addition, Barber was part of the advising team for OMCA’s recent, groundbreaking exhibition “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50.”