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Rock Paper Scissors Collective, Oakland, CA

The Rock Paper Scissors Collective is a volunteer-run organization that fosters creativity and collaboration in order to strengthen local communities and encourage sustainable practices and alternative models. We promote the sharing of ideas, skills, and resources through the celebration of art, craft, education, and performance.

RPSC currently realizes this through an accessible space that offers free and low-cost classes, curated and open submission art shows, the retail of independently made clothing/craft/zines/music, a drop in arts lab, community events space, and youth involvement.

Rock Paper Scissors Collective formed in 2004 as a group of emerging artists within the Oakland arts community (not only visual arts but music, crafts, film and writing) who saw a need for a place such as RPSC to enable others within the community to teach, sell, exhibit and learn about art. After more than a year of fundraising, we moved into our storefront space at 2278 Telegraph Ave., in downtown Oakland. The original members were Amy Mosley, Emily Cohen, Emma Spertus, Jenna Feldman, Kim Fennel, Lauren Lamotte, Liz Harris, Sydney Silverstein, Tara Goe, and Nana Hayashi.

The Membership Process

How does one become a member of RPS? There’s a few steps involved. Very simply they are:

  • Train to work in the store and commit to working one 3.5 hour shift a week.
  • Link up with one RPSC member who will serve as your guide for this period. She will introduce you to core members and volunteers as well as familiarizing you with all the different programs of RPSC.
  • You and your RPSCer will also come up with a project for you to work on.
  • When you have finished your six months in the store and completed your project, decide if you are still interested and what it is you want to work on as a core member of RPSC. Then, if the collective is in consensus, you will become a member!

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