Alena

Alena Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission of providing critical safe spaces for the African Diaspora to express and cultivate their cultural identity in the face of gentrification. 

In the African language of Tigrinya, "Alena" translates to "We are here." Alena Museum embodies the spirit of our namesake by curating and activating spaces to preserve and cultivate African diasporic culture in the face of aggressive gentrification, a contemporary iteration of the white supremacy and colonialism embedded throughout American history.  In partnership with our West Oakland community—and its rich history of resistance against racism and displacement—we position ourselves as active players in this new economy in order to directly and actively mitigate the displacement and marginalization of our communities rather than passively accepting the violent practices threatening our presence and access to space.