Rock Paper Scissors Collective
A community arts space

The time has come. The Fact’s the Fact. It belongs to us. Let’s Take it Back! After over a decade in our space and so many community building actions and lessons, we’re moving to a SECRET LOCATION! TBA soon. It’s all very exciting, and sad, and all of those emotions. COME HELP US PACK AND […]

Eleven years ago, downtown Oakland was home to mom and pop shops, socio-economically diverse, occasionally dangerous; a sometimes eccentric, sometimes wonderful, and always dynamic community. A group of artists, crafters, organizers and makers found a vacant little storefront among a sea of vacancies. With a little volunteer elbow-grease and fundraising effort, the Rock Paper Scissors […]

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on Libby Schaaf: “Solutions are Limited”

KQED covered our pending move today, and spoke with the Mayor about the displacement of residents and artists: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the plight of Rock Paper Scissors raises a much bigger question as the city continues to boom. “It’s not just the housing affordability that is a potential crisis for us,” she said. […]

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on Rock Beats Paper

On the Connections Between Art and Development Cross-posted from Fireworks Bay Area. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not of Rock Paper Scissors, but we think it’s a good check on what we do and how we think about it. Definitely worth talking and thinking about. A recent statement released by the […]

Winners Winners Everywhere Hey all Oakland Magazine recognized us as the Most Affordable Maker Collective You can view ALL the winners at Oakland Magazine Online. Super sweet news for all the collective members, teachers, and participants! Do it yourself BUT Do it Together!

Categories: In the News, In the Store, Volunteer | Comments Off on Become an RPS Subscriber!

We’ve been working on this for a while, and we’re thrilled to finally roll it out: RPS subscriptions! Love RPS? Want to support us AND get some sweet discounts at the same time? (Of course you do; who wouldn’t?) Now you can! Subscriptions are good for ONE year and entitle you to discounts off of […]

Categories: Community Collaborations, In the News, Members, Volunteer | Comments Off on Save RPS!

After more than a decade serving Oakland’s arts community, Rock Paper Scissors may soon close its doors. Rock Paper Scissors is the sole remaining founder of the hugely popular Oakland First Fridays event, but we’ve struggled to find funding for our mix of arts production, instruction, and archiving, and we’re facing eviction from our long-time […]

Categories: Events, In the News, Volunteer | Comments Off on 2500 Raised!

Thanks so much to everyone who donated in the first few days of our campaign!!! We feel the LOVE and hope you do too! Just a few days after launching this past First Friday we have raised over $2,500 — that’s 10% of our goal! Let’s keep up this momentum! Thanks to your donations, we’ll […]

Categories: Community Collaborations, Events, Friends & Neighbors, In the Gallery, In the News, Members, Volunteer, Zine Library | Comments Off on 6th Annual Vegan Cupcake BakeOff

Come show us how SWEET you really are! Join Rock Paper Scissors Collective and AMAZING cupcakers for our 6th Annual (WHOA that’s right) Vegan Cupcake BakeOff. You be the judge and try all the fantastic original recipes. Do some crafty cupcake’n activities, pick up a zine of the recipes, & most importantly decide who gets the title […]

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on Limited Time Only! RPS T-shirt by John Casey

Support Rock Paper Scissors Collective! Get Your Limited Edition RPS T-shirt by John Casey. Rock Paper Scissors Collective is proud to present a limited edition shirt designed by Oakland resident and long-time RPSC friend John Casey. Proceeds from the shirt sales go directly to support the many community art programs run by Rock Paper Scissors in […]

Categories: Community Collaborations, Events, Friends & Neighbors, In the News, Members, Volunteer | Comments Off on Patchwork Craft Fest here we come

Join us at Patchwork Show: Modern Creative Festival OAKLAND May 11th at Jack London Square 11-5pm. 130+ handmade vendors, artisan food, local music & DIY craft workshops. It’s going to be soooooo much fun

Categories: Community Collaborations, In the News | Comments Off on Jack London Square Farmer’s Market: Not just about produce

Our time at DIY Day at Jack London Square Famer’s Market gets a write up! Yay Jamie! Read all about it here.

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on We’re Officially a 501(c)3!

The IRS has spoken: we are officially a 501(c)3 non-profit organization!!! Thank you THANK YOU to everyone who helped us through this laborious journey. Time to celebrate!

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on The Chron says we’re in the top 5 places to get crafty!
Categories: Community Collaborations, In the News | Comments Off on Daily Cal covers Living Concrete

Nice write up by the Daily Cal about our collaboration with Black Diamond Shining and Oakland Standard at Oakland Art Museum. Read the entire article at the Daily Cal link below. Thanks Anna Carey for coming out and covering this!

Categories: In the News, Members | Comments Off on Our Kristi Holohan in the news!

Hometown Hero: Kristi Holohan finds reason to create, teach and belong in Oakland Check out what the Oakland Trib says about this amazing member of Rock Paper Scissors Collective –

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on Oakland Arts Grants Safeguarded!

Advocacy Update July 1: The Oakland City Council preserves 100% of arts grants in the new budget. The Arts community raised its collective voice and elected officials responded. Faced with elimination of arts funding, the Council vote signifies a continued investment and value of the arts in Oakland. More Advocacy Information Online:    

Categories: Community Collaborations, In the News | Comments Off on Street Style Gets Recognition

Good job to Kristi and our Street Style crew! Oakland after-school fashion program fuses street style with business savvy by Allison Davis at Oakland North

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on RPS wins Best of the East Bay 2009!

Thanks, Everyone, for voting for us! What a pleasant surprise! We won Best Arts Organization AND Best Purveyor of Local Crafts! You guys are the best!

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on People Are Talking About Us!

RPSC has been the center of a slew of radio and newspaper articles featuring everything from our community art shows to craft nights! Check it: Coping with Carnage through Community Art ListenListen (RealMedia Stream) The city of Oakland, like many urban cities, is no stranger to street violence. But how do you heal a community […]

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on RPS on Bay Area Backroads

A couple months ago, this camera man came by and took some footage. Now its on bay area backroads! watch it here.

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on oakland indie awards

dude, there’s these awards for oakland and you should vote for somebody (hint hint). Read more about Oakland Indie Awards here.

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on We Have A Mission!

Yay! After hours of meetings, RPS has finished writing it’s new Mission Statement! Check it out. How’ve we been doing reaching it?

Categories: In the News | Comments Off on guardian oops

hey. the folks at the guardian wrote an article about art murmur and mistook our mission statement meeting for an oakland art murmur meeting. oops. so if anybody is confused, we are not the same thing as oakland art murmur. although we are in oakland art murmur.