EBPCO Photo Center Q&A
(Taken from the May 2019 Newsletter)
What is it?
What facilities will it offer?
What programs will be available?
Where will it be located?
And when the HECK will it open?
These are very important questions! So important that EBPCO ran a poll to get your input. The feedback from the poll was very specific and it has been the guide as we've moved forward.
What is it? EBPCO Photo Center will be a public, non-profit photography institution offering facilities, education and community.
What facilities will it offer? The Center will have facilities for film photographers in the form of darkrooms and film processing areas. It will have facilities for digital photographers, in the form of workstations, printers, and scanners.
The most important feature will be the gallery, a place where creative photographers from all around the Bay will show their work and inspire each other.
What programs will be available? Photo Arts education will be core to our new Center. There will be workshops for both adults and kids. There will be after-school photo arts programs and summer photo camps. There will be artist-in-residence programs, emphasizing different photographic experiences. There will be programs supporting arts in schools.
Where will it be located? No location has been chosen yet. You've made it clear that BART access is a priority. We also think it would be good to be in a high-traffic area, so we can get the best visibility for the gallery and participate in First Fridays. For these reasons we're imagining a ground-floor retail space in downtown Oakland. There is a lot of vacant retail in Oakland, which may help us when it comes time to negotiate a lease!
When? When? When? The good news is it is entirely up to us as a creative community. The sooner we raise the startup funding, the sooner we can open the doors. The new Center will need only minor construction, so we are prepared to move fast when the time comes.