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"I am OMI" - Events/Activities, 2003-2005

2003-2004 - Oral history collection

Summer and Fall 2003 - Youth Documentary
Through both the Ocean View Recreation Center's Safe Haven program and the OMI Beacon Center, 16-20 neighborhood teens acted as "Community Filmmakers." They took historical field trips through the neighborhood, learned about current businesses and parks, interviewed older residents, and captured OMI's past while speculating on its future.

Their videos were screened in the neighborhood and parts of their work were shown at "I am OMI" History Nights.

August 1, 2003 (Friday) - Community Filmmakers Screening
Read about and see photos of the screening of the short videos our first group of young community filmmakers created.

September 20, 2003 - OMI International Family Festival
We were at the Ocean View Recreation Center (Lobos and Capitol streets) with old photos of the neighborhood and free history booklets.

October 11, 2003 (Saturday) - First History Day
We had a wonderful event! Read more about it.

February 2004 - Casting for "I am OMI" play
Arts Connection looked for actors, production assistants and others to start putting the history of OMI onstage.

March 27, 2004 (Saturday) - Second History Day
Another great day. Read here for more information and photos.

June 12, 2004 - "I am OMI" play premieres in the Ingleside.
Arts Connection presented an original play based on OMI neighborhood stories and history at the Diego Rivera Theatre, 50 Phelan Avenue, City College of San Francisco.

September 2004 - OMI International Family Festival
We were there with historical photos and booklets of the neighborhood.

April 2005 - OMI History Walk
"I am OMI" history panels displayed in storefront windows along Ocean Avenue. Take a walk through local history.

April 23, 2005 (Saturday) - OMI History Walk
Woody LaBounty of the Western Neighborhoods Project gave a guided tour of the OMI History Walk for about 20 people.

June 24, 2005, 1pm-2pm - "I am OMI" radio drama
A radio drama based on OMI stories: KPFA 94.1FM

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Page launched 26 May 2003; Updated 19 May 2005.

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