#OaklandSuperHeroes Mural Project Update

The Hoover Youth Leadership team are the creators and inspiration for our next #OaklandSuperHeroes mural project, which will be painted in March 2017 on Oakland’s West Street I-580 underpass.

The Youth designed Superheros that solve problems in the community by helping to rebuild after natural disasters, clean neighborhoods, stopping gun violence, providing resources for the homeless and extending love to people with low self-esteem.

The Hoover Leadership Group standing at the steps of Oakland's City Hall prior to presenting at the Public Art Advisory Committee for mural approval on December 5th, 2016 .

The Hoover Leadership Group standing at the steps of Oakland's City Hall prior to presenting at the Public Art Advisory Committee for mural approval on December 5th, 2016 .

The Hoover Youth Leadership Group meets every Wednesday where students engage in a variety of lessons in visual art, literacy, mindfulness and ways to be advocates in their communities. This week on December 5th, 2016, a portion of our Youth Leadership Group (4th Graders) met with the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) to present the designs for our 4th Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, with production slated to begin in March 2017.

See the proposed design for our next #OaklandSuperHeroes mural project and learn more here: http://www.ahc-oakland.org/blog/2016/10/18/design-for-ahcs-4th-west-oakland-superheroes-mural-revealed

Hoover Youth Leadership group painting larger-than-life sunflowers to be installed in the school community garden.

Hoover Youth Leadership group painting larger-than-life sunflowers to be installed in the school community garden.

Our work is not possible without the generous love and support of our beloved community. No donation is too big or small. Your support will go far in helping us:

  • Create more murals in Oakland
  • Offer healing circles to families in mourning or experiencing catastrophic challenges
  • Keep our #ArtEsteem programs in underfunded schools where they are needed most

Thank you so much for your love and solidarity. 
We look forward to building and creating with you more in 2017.
 

 

 

Nikko on #ArtAsActivism

“If given the platform, what message would you want to communicate to your school, community and to the world?”

We asked Westlake Middle School students and they voiced strong ideas around current politics, the quality of food in schools, housing and immigrant rights. These young people addressed violence and envisioned a world filled with peace and unity. Concepts of Design: color theory, composition and typography were applied to posters that will be exhibited at Westlake Middle School.

Nikko’s piece below, is about celebrating diversity and respecting all people. Enjoy these words of wisdom from our Oakland Youth.

 

“We are all different, but everyone should be treated equally. Everyone has different skills or talents, but we are really all the same - we are all human.  I want my art to inspire others to find the courage to do what they are passionate about. We are always asked ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ A lot of us don’t know the answer to that - until they see something that inspires them. I want my art to influence people to find the courage to fulfill their dreams. That would make the world a better place.” 

Nikko - 8th Grade, 2016 at West Oakland Middle School

On Giving Tuesday November 29th, 2016, we launched our #ArtAsActivism campaign featuring our student artists using art as tools for healing and community empowerment. 

It’s not too late to join in and support! Help us raise visibility of our student artists’ on social media by ‘Liking’ our #ArtAsActivism posts.  Donate to AHC to keep our programs alive. Our work is not possible without your help!

 

West Oakland Legacy & Leadership Project - Dec 2016 Update

WOLLP After School Program serves high school Youth over the course of three consecutive 10 week sessions. The program is a collaboration between AHC, City Slicker Farms and the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project.  

Each Week students build leadership skills, connect with civic leaders, experience Visual Art, Urban Agriculture and Environmental Science.

The program is completing its first 10 week session culminating with a financial literacy training as students will be receiving the first stipend for their civic engagement as leaders in WOLLP.

During this session students began learning about traditional Ohlone Culture, Oakland’s local history, local ecology and environmental science activities including soil quality testing. Students also engaged in traditional and contemporary art through tule technology, ceramics, plaster casting and paint focusing primarily on 3 dimensional forms. Upcoming lessons will include Air Quality monitoring, invistigating the connictions between quality of life concerns and the watershed, wind technology, two dimensional art techniques and  Advocacy in art.

Support the Memorial Funds for the Godfrey and Miller Families

Over the past week, the need for Healing Circles have intensified. A string of senseless deaths due to gun related violence and the horrible tragedy of the Ghostship #OaklandFire have taken a toll on Oakland residents and its community.

Travon Godfrey, 19, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee and at her February 2016 Town Hall on gun violence. Travon and his friend Deante Miller lost their lives to gun violence November 28th, 2016, just blocks away from AHC’s

Travon Godfrey, 19, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee and at her February 2016 Town Hall on gun violence. Travon and his friend Deante Miller lost their lives to gun violence November 28th, 2016, just blocks away from AHC’s

Our solution is to bring people together to heal and to forgive in Healing Circles. We ask that you please support our families whose loved ones have been senselessly taken due to gun violence by donating to the following memorial funds:

https://www.gofundme.com/memorial-fund-for-trayvon

https://www.gofundme.com/qf-support-for-the-miller-family

We extend our heart, love and hope to our families and to all of Oakland during this very difficult time.

#OaklandFire: Relief Funds, Benefits, Vigils and Other Ways to Support

When tragedy strikes, as it did over the weekend in Oakland, a feeling of helplessness can take hold. But eventually we pick ourselves up, find out ways we can help, and seek out spaces where we can collectively mourn and be there for each other.

The fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland has resulted in 33 confirmed fatalities and counting. Many are wondering how they can help.

Here’s a list of five fundraisers and ongoing relief efforts, and benefits and events where we can show up and support (below).

Primary Fundraiser: Fire Relief Fund for Victims of Ghost Ship Oakland Fire

This fundraiser was launched the morning after the fire, and has amassed over $200,000 and counting. “As soon as we know the full scope of this tragedy,” organizers say, “we will work to distribute appropriately, and of course for funeral expenses the funds will go to the victims’ families.” The fundraiser is organized by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a reliable and respected nonprofit located in the former Grand Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District. Donate here.

Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders Matching-Funds Fundraiser

Within a day, the Oakland A’s launched a fundraiser to match donations up to $20,000; the Oakland Raiders soon joined. The response has been overwhelming enough that the matched donation level keeps rising. At press time, your donation will be matched by the MLB and NFL teams up to $50,000 each. (The Golden State Warriors have announced a $50,000 donation to the Unity Council, a nonprofit in the Fruitvale District where the fire occurred.) Donate here.

Ghost Ship Fire: Residents Support

While many of the fire’s victims were attendees of the party, this fundraiser is for “the 20 residents who have lost their home and all their belongings,” according to organizers. The fund is facilitated by filmmaker Reina Lam. Several residents were in attendance; all of them lost all of their belongings. Donate here.

Resources to Support Ghost Ship

If you can’t spare a cash donation but are able to help in other ways, this Google doc lists people who are able lend support and resources to those affected by the fire. It is being shared publicly for people looking for assistance. If you’re able to take in loved ones traveling from long distances, or residents displaced, or even just offer rides, food or other help, add your name and contact information to the document.

Oakland Firefighters: Random Acts of Kindness

The psychological toll on firefighters searching through debris for victims can be intense. One way to help firefighters is to donate to the Oakland firefighters’ “Random Acts of Kindness” fund, used for exactly what its title promises. After 911 calls or emergencies, firefighters often encounter people in need, and the fund is used for surprises like the one seen below — a good way to mitigate feelings of hopelessness. Donate here.

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Here are some benefits, vigils and other events for those affected by the Oakland warehouse fire happening around the Bay Area:

Light Vigil for ‘Ghost Ship’
Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at 8pm
Lake Merritt Pergola (North east corner of the lake)

Bring flameless candles, glow sticks, flashlights, or other types of light. For those who can’t attend, there will be a live feed on Facebook.

Oakland Fire Vigil and Call for Safe Spaces for Trans Folk
Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Harvey Milk Plaza (2401 Market St, San Francisco, CA)

A candlelight vigil in the Castro to mourn the victims and to raise awareness around the unique issues facing trans victims of the fire. Speakers include the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Tracy Garza, the Rev. Cameron Partridge, and more.

In Honor of Our Friends: The Oakland Queer + Trans Open Mic #OaklandGhostShipFire
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
440 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

SPECTRUM Queer Media will provide sanctuary and celebrate the victims’ lives through music, poetry, visual art, films, stories, and more. Donations will go to the Fire Relief Fund.

Benefit for Ghost Ship: Cables & Arms, Belle Reve, Twin Screw Steamer
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at 7:30pm
El Rio (3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA)
San Francisco punks eager to do anything they can to support their friends and community in Oakland. All proceeds and donations will be going to the Fire Relief Fund.

Oakland Fire Benefit: Kimya Dawson, Torrey Pines, Johnny Physical
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at 7pm and 9pm
Midsummer Studios (5743 Horton St. Suite A, Emeryville, CA)

Kimya Dawson, who wrote an impassioned post about the need for artists’ spaces, will perform. Torrey Pines, a stop-motion queer punk coming-of-age story by director Clyde Petersen, will be screened with a live score by the band Your Heart Breaks. Johnny Physical Lives, a documentary by Joshua Neuman about rock ‘n’ roll and the passing of his brother, will also screen.

Yours Truly: A benefit for Ghost Ship fire victims
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 from 7pm to 2am
El Rio (3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA)
Hard French and El Rio “invite you to gather, embrace, share, be, dance, sing or just get some air with family, while we honor our fallen primos in Oakland.” Featuring DJ sets from DJ Carnita, Brown Amy,
Vin Sol, and Josh Cheon, and music from Thao, Tender Forever, Scott Moore, and more. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Fire Relief Fund.

Benefit for Ghost Ship at the Golden Bull
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 8pm
Golden Bull (412 14th St, Oakland, CA)

Performances by Maya Songbird, Elrond, Collin Gorman Weiland, Denney Joints and more live acts and DJs TBA. According to organizers, all funds go to the YouCaring fundraiser.

AFC Presents: A concert to support the victims of the Oakland Fire
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 from 6:30pm – midnight
The Arlene Francis Center (99 6th St, Santa Rosa, CA)

The all-ages DIY space, which once served as a flour warehouse, will host five hours of live music from Joshua James Jackson, AttacrobatRagsThe IllumignarlyHordersSecret Cat, and Living in the 90’s.

These resources provided via KQED.

Check this link for updates: https://ww2.kqed.org/pop/2016/12/05/oakland-fire-benefits-vigils-and-other-ways-to-honor-the-victims/

 

Support our #ArtAsActivism Campaign on #GivingTuesday and Beyond!

What is #GivingTuesday?

In Response to Black Friday... Cyber Monday… came #GivingTuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a social movement to create an international kick off to the giving season. Help us honor the true spirit of the holidays by supporting AHC this Tuesday, November 29th, 2016.

#ArtAsActivism

We will be using this hashtag on #GivingTuesday to share stories and art from our inspirational student artists, providing examples of how ArtEsteem uses creativity for healing and community empowerment. We encourage you to engage by liking and sharing our #ArtAsActivism posts or create your own!

Your donations and support are critical to sustaining our work of bringing peace and beauty to the world.  Our work addresses disparities created by poverty, violence, and racism that devastate communities.

Why support AHC?

We believe that true transformation requires a shift in perception from fear to love rooted in a holistic approach.  Attitudinal Healing is based in the belief that the purpose of all communication is for joining and not separation.

Since its inception, AHC has served over 95,000 individuals and impacted millions through art education, public art exhibitions, healing circles, leadership trainings and our ongoing Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project.  

Your support is essential to creating safe, vibrant neighborhoods, providing engaging educational platforms, breaking the cycle of violence and creating a more peaceful world.  

 

Ways to Support our #GivingTuesday Campaign: #ArtAsActivism

 

1. Share our facebook page with five friends between now and Tuesday, November 29th, 2016. Make a post sharing why you support AHC’s work, and encourage others to do the same! Use tags #ArtAsActivism and #GivingTuesday and include our donation link: http://www.ahc-oakland.org/donate

2. Do you love our Art Exhibitions, Healing Circles and Mindful Drumming events? Email us about your experience, or share it on your personal social media accounts using the tags #GivingTuesday and #ArtAsActivism. Don't forget our donation link: http://www.ahc-oakland.org/donate

3. Engage with us on social media! Each time you engage with us online, you help raise visibility of our cause. Help us increase our reach by liking, sharing, and commenting on our #ArtAsActivism posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

 

We wish you happy holidays and can't wait to begin our campaign with you!

 

With love,

Attitudinal Healing Connection

 

 

 

 

Highlights from #AHCGala2016

On November 5th, 2016, the Attitudinal Healing Connection held its 27th Anniversary Gala, celebrating 27 Years of Building Legacy and honoring friends and family who have exemplified our mission to empower and heal communities to break free from the cycles of violence through art, creativity and education.

AHC Co-Founder Kokomon Clottey, AHC President Guillermo Ortiz, AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, Founders of Attitudinal Healing International Gerald G. Jampolsky and Diane V. Cirincione-Jampolsky, and AHC Co-Founder Aeeshah Clottey.

AHC Co-Founder Kokomon Clottey, AHC President Guillermo Ortiz, AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, Founders of Attitudinal Healing International Gerald G. Jampolsky and Diane V. Cirincione-Jampolsky, and AHC Co-Founder Aeeshah Clottey.

It was a truly magical evening that included a banquet dinner, silent auction, our Super Awards Ceremony, and live music and dancing with the King Cosby Band.

Over 200 guests gathered to join us at Scott’s Seafood Pavilion, including the Co-Founders of Attitudinal Healing International, who created the 12 Principles of Attitudinal Healing which have laid the foundation for our work and legacy over the past 27 years .

Through this event, we were able to raise more than $60,000 to support AHC’s programs, including ArtEsteem, the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, the West Oakland Legacy & Leadership Project.  Because of the generous support of our sponsors and community, we will be able to continue our work building vibrant communities and opportunities for our children and families to truly thrive!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and everyone who attended.

Here are some of our highlights from #AHCGala2016!

AHC Co-Founder Kokomon Clottey and Ousseynou Kouyate opened the evening with the beautiful sounds and rhythms of West African Drumming.

 

Our MC and President, Guillermo Ortiz, offered a beautiful invocation, calling on our ancestors and the spirits of the earth to fill the gala with love and good energy.

 

“Kokomon and I heard a deep call from the bowels of the earth, to support and uplift our children.”  

Our Founders Aeeshah and Kokomon Clottey thanked our sponsors and friends for their generous outpouring of support.

 

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“Art involves research investigation, knowledge creativity, problem solving, skill, concentration vision, creation and more. To make, to create, that is art, and each and every one of us in here is an artistic being.”

AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, originator of the ArtEsteem Program and Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project

 

Impact Testimonials

Guests were treated to powerful and moving testimonials from some of our program alumni and participants.

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Mike Brown was a 7th grade student at Lowell Middle School when he first joined AHC’s ArtEsteem program, during the 2004 / 2005 school year.  Mike Brown went on to graduate from Skyline High School in 2010, joined the Navy in 2011, and returned to join us at the gala after his deployment.  He spoke at our gala about how his time with ArtEsteem impacted his life as a youth and young adult.

“AHC has had a great impact in my life. They helped me keep me sane, and helped me become the young man that I’m continuing to grow to be. I learned a lot of life skills  around work ethic, and how to be a great human being. I am so thankful that all of these people have come into my life and I really appreciate all of you."

Mike Brown - ArtEsteem Alumni

 

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In 2007 we had the opportunity to launch a 12 week leadership program that was conceptualized as a means to support Oakland residents to build their inner transformational tools, skills, service learning and resources in order to create more positive communities, schools and safe neighborhoods for themselves and their families, despite the negative influences and challenging circumstances many of them experience. Anaya Williams, a Neighborhood Leadership Institute graduate, shared how her experience in the program changed her life.

“When I met Ms. Aeeshah I just had a son and I was at my lowest. I had been through so much in life, I was broken, I was tired, I was sad. I went into the leadership program an angel with broken wings, and I walked out a courageous woman.  When I graduated from the leadership class, I told Ms. Aeeshah I was going to change the world. And I am.” 

Anaya Williams - Neighborhood Leadership Institute Graduate

 

5 years ago, Kenny Johnson and his family were devastatingly impacted by the violence that affects too many of our youth today.  AHC made a commitment to continue healing circles for Kenny; and with the support of his family, community, and others, Kenny has demonstrated miraculous strength and a remarkable ability to forgive. His untethered belief in his ability to heal and overcome tremendous odds has been extraordinary, and we were honored to have Kenny join us and speak about his experience with AHC Healing Circles. His testimonial received a standing ovation.

“The first year when we did the healing circle, I was in the hospital in intensive care. I was on the phone and they called me and sent all their blessings through the phone - it put a big smile on my face and showed me that I still have something to live for.” - Kenny Johnson

 

Keynote Speech

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Antwan Wilson graced the stage and spoke about what  “The Art of Building Legacy,” means for him as the Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District.

"We can choose to say that We have tens of thousands of young people, black white and otherwise, who do not know their history.

We can choose to do something about that. We can choose to say that every young person will get to understand who they are, and where they come from. We can choose to say that we want young people to get an education, that isn’t just about books and science, but a value and understanding of Self, of growing from and with a community, and deciding to be more than what others might say they can or can’t do. In Oakland Unified, that for me is the legacy that i’m proud to say that I play a small part in inspiring.” - Antwan Wilson, OUSD Superintendent

 

Super S/Hero Awards

During our Super S/Hero Awards ceremony, AHC honored 3 passionate community leaders who have dedicated their work to empowering the lives of Bay Area youth and families .

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We honored Carmen Hendon as one of our Super Sheroes because of her remarkable devotion to the children of Oakland.  During her thank you speech, she lead gala attendees through the same call-and-response chant she has been using to begin the day with her students for the past 40 years.  

“I will do my best. I will do my best. Because, because.  I am the best.  Don't worry about me. And have a nice day.” - Carmen Hendon, OUSD Educator for 40+ years

 

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Our Super Hero Brahm Ahmadi is a social entrepreneur who works passionately to build healthier inner city communities by creating change within the food system.  His work has received national attention for its projects in food enterprise, urban agriculture and nutrition education.

“I’m building a grocery store in West Oakland.   But it's a lot more than just a grocery store. I’m building a platform; for dignity, for equity, for justice, for opportunity, to build community, to rebuild the foundation of our culture, to nourish our bodies our hearts and our minds. It is a joy for me to do this work and to be a part of this community. And I am very touched, for this moment of recognition of our work.” - Brahm Ahmadi

 

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We honored Chris Chatmon as one of our Super Heroes because of his commitment to improving life outcomes for all youth and especially African~American males. He has dedicated his career and life's work to creating pathways of success within Oakland and beyond.

“I am because We are. We are because I am. May the circle never be broken. So much is resonating with me being here tonight in so many different levels. I want to acknowledge Kokomon and Aeeshah for being role models to me, and not just community leaders but partners and parents not only to their birth children, but to the children of this community.  Im adopted, so people used to tell me that blood is thicker and water and used to say things that sometimes didn't necessarily apply to me. But really I am the investment of so many people in my community that never allowed me to give up. When they saw me with my head down or my heart broken they would pick me up. And the way that I choose to acknowledge that is by giving that right back."  - Chris Chatmon, Deputy Chief of Equity at OUSD and Executive Director of African American Male Achievement

 

Silent Auction & Raffle

A beautiful silent auction full of art and gift baskets donated by individuals and businesses all over the Bay Area helped us raise over $5,000 dollars to support and continue our work.

We also held a raffle with 3 prizes that included, a $300 Gift Certificate to Pave Fine Jewelry, 1 customized deep carved djembe drum from Sageman Drums, and an amazing 5-day stay for two on the beautiful island of Kauai!

Thank you to the following raffle and silent auction donors:

Abel J Guillén, Acote, Adventure Cat Sailing Charters, Amana Harris, Amin Hassan, American Conservatory Theater, Aquarium of the Bay SF, Barefoot Movement, Barnes & Nobel, The Dock, Bladium Sports & Fitness Club, Blue and Gold Fleet, Books, Inc., Boca Nova, California Canoe & Kayak, Children’s Fairyland, Dashe Cellars, Dan Kalb, Diane V. Cirincione-Jampolsky, Ph.D., Exploratorium, Fine Arts Museum of SF, Flax Art & Design, Flying Studios, Forge Pizza, Franne Golde, Golden Gate Fields, Great Western Power Company, House Kombucha, Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., John Ezelle, Keena Romano, Kokomon Clottey, Kimberly Turner, Kingston 11, Lindsey Millikan, Metropolitan Golf Links, New Parkway, NHI Massage School, Numi Tea, Oakland Ice Center, Oaklandish, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland Symphony, Pave Fine Jewelry, Piedmont Springs, Pier 39, Pikesville, Pixar, Rose Sullivan, Richard Cohn & Barbara Gay, Sageman Drums, San Francisco Zoo, SF Exploratorium, SF Museum of Modern Art, Siu Ming Leung Garber, SoleSpace Clothing, Spirits Competition, St. George Spirits, Starline Social Club, The Brow Lounge, The Crucible Oakland, Waterfront Hotel, Will Davis & Paula Powers, Whole Foods, Guillermo Ortiz and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Following the powerful speeches and testimony and raffle prizes, we sang and danced the night away with the King Cosby Band.

Special thank you to our table captains, sponsors and donors that made our Gala possible. We encourage our friends and community to support these organizations and businesses who have answered the call to contribute and join us as we continue to create a safer, more just world for all.

Ubuntu!  We cannot be without you!

See you at our 30th Anniversary in 2019!

A Word from our Executive Director, Amana Harris

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Greetings! This is a very important week for AHC.  As we gear up to celebrate AHC’s 27th Anniversary Gala: The Art of Building Legacy, we take the time to reflect on the many incredible stakeholders that have been a part of our vision.  This year marks AHC’s resiliency, tenacity and ability to thrive!

We are clear that so many individuals, businesses, foundations and corporations have been instrumental in our development and growth and we are incredibly thankful and humble.

For all of whom will join us this Saturday, thank you for being with us during this amazing and special moment. For those unable to make it, we know that you are with us in heart and spirit.

AHC’s 27th Anniversary Gala: The Art of Building Legacy is: SOLD OUT!

If you would like to join us for the next AHC Anniversary Event, mark your calendars for our 30th Anniversary Gala in the fall of 2019!

 

With Love,

 
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Amana Harris
Executive Director
Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.

Meet our Co-Founder, Kokomon Clottey

Kokomon Clottey is a celebrated and accomplished individual, whose many successes are diverse in medium and subject. Despite the different approaches Kokomon’s projects take, they each carry a perpetual theme in their objective: to make the world a better place by bringing people together in the cultivation of peace.

As a founder of Attitudinal Healing Center (AHC) with his partner, Aeeshah Clottey, Kokomon’s practice is community oriented, and always strives to work with those around him in bettering our world.

Born into the Ga-Adagbe tribe in Accra, Ghana, Kokomon’s sense of spirituality and knowledge of ancient rituals is deeply intertwined in his work. Now residing as an active community leader in Oakland, California, Kokomon unifies indigenous wisdom of the Ga tribe with the culture of his hometown today.

Kokomon applies his wisdom and teachings through music. He teaches and hosts the ancient practice of Mindful Drumming, a community act of meditation, collective healing and personal wellness at the AHC headquarters in West Oakland. He is also an accomplished musician, having mastered a variety of instruments and producing multiple records which feature his beautiful songwriting and unique style.

As an author, Kokomon wrote and published, Mindful Drumming, Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building Community.  He co-authored Beyond Fear, with his wife Aeeshah Clottey.

They contributed a chapter to the book, Imagine - What America Could be in the 21st Century: Visions of a Better Future From Leading American Thinkers, edited by Marianne Williamson. Kokomon also produced two compact discs, Love Is the Answer and Mystic Vision and recently produced a bold new compact discs, Quest which he will gift to every one who comes to the AHC’s upcoming Gala on Saturday, November 5th, 2016.   

To name all of Kokomon Clottey’s accomplishments would take a book itself, what is written here is just the tip of the iceberg. Above all else, Kokomon carries a message of hope and healing, through teaching children, through celebrating the arts, through music and literature. By incorporating ancient rituals of his ancestors in a contemporary context, Kokomon creates an authentic perspective of how peace and healing can be achieved through forgiveness in the years to come. Oakland celebrates his legacy of wisdom, his founding of AHC, and his teachings of peace, healing and love through the arts.

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Kokomon welcomes you to attend AHC's 27th Anniversary Gala.

Please join us in celebrating 27 years of Art, Creativity, Healing and Transformation for Bay Area children, youth and families!

Designs Revealed: AHC's 4th West #OaklandSuperHeroes Mural Project

Finalized design concepts from Attitudinal Healing Connection's next Oakland SuperHeroes Mural Project (OSH) are ready to be revealed.  The design process included more than a years worth of collaboration between student artists at Hoover Elementary and AHC’s Lead Mural Artist Lindsey Milliken. 

The design was created in collaboration with student artists at Hoover Elementary and Lead Artist Lindsey Milliken. The mural will be painted in the West Oakland's Hoover Corridor under the I-580 underpass, directly across from AHC's 3rd Oakland Superheroes Mural Project. Production is slated to begin March 2017. 

AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, Lead Muralist Lindsey Milliken, and Project Manager Justin Metoyer Mullon reviewing preliminary drafts of the #4th OSH Mural design with the Hoover Elementary Student Body.

AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, Lead Muralist Lindsey Milliken, and Project Manager Justin Metoyer Mullon reviewing preliminary drafts of the #4th OSH Mural design with the Hoover Elementary Student Body.

The #OaklandSuperHeroes Mural Project is West Oakland's first ever large-scale mural and beautification project, and its goal is to cultivate, educate and engage youth in community issues and solutions through the power of public art. OSH was born out of AHC’s ArtEsteem Self As Super Hero curriculum, which has been taught in Bay Area schools for well over 10 years. The curriculum asks students to identify problems in their community, and to reimagine themselves as super heroes with powers to solve them, which are brought to life through the creation of stories and life-sized portraits.

The stories and portraits are then incorporated into the Oakland SuperHeroes Mural Project.

The Super Heroes in the 4th OSH Mural Project created by ArtEsteem Students at Hoover Elementary include:

  • Golden Boy, who uses his magical shield to fight crime, rehabilitate criminals and protect the city from earthquakes and natural disasters.
  • The Lava Twins, with lava vision that stops criminals and turns gun into stone
  • D-Bow Jalapeno, who uses magical cheese to transform key issues like gun violence, stealing and fighting.
  • And Fantastic Girl, who has the power of water to stop floods and fires, end drought, and clean the community.

Through this mural project, AHC is able to provide opportunities for collaboration and to become key stakeholders in creating peace and beauty in the community, by working with local artists, youth and area residents to empower and revitalize an area that has been deprived of the city's resources, becoming a hotbed for crime, violence, tagging and blight. It is AHC's goal to engage community participation in the beautification process of public spaces, which will create a stronger investment from Oakland residents to keep the city safe for all.

AHC Executive Director Amana Harris with the leaders of CALTRANS

AHC Executive Director Amana Harris with the leaders of CALTRANS

Currently, OSH is in the final stages of the approval process with the City of Oakland and CALTRANS. Production is expected to start in March 2017, following a fundraising campaign with a goal to reach $75,000. Funds from the campaign will support an estimated 30 jobs for muralists, youth artists and on-site security, pay for insurance and permits, provide paint and other necessary supplies to complete the mural, and ensure on-going maintenance to keep the surrounding area free from trash and litter.

Stay tuned and make sure to follow Oakland SuperHeroes Mural Project for updates.