The event known as Peralta in Bloom is an annual spring festival for the whole community and school that celebrates everyone’s achievements at the year’s end with inspiring activities for parents, for kids, and for the entire local community.

Peralta warmly thanks our 2019 Peralta in Bloom sponsors:

This year’s festival is May 4, 2019, from 12-4pm, at Peralta Elementary School, 460 63rd St, Oakland.

Peralta in Bloom has events for different ages, including great live music, fresh food and a bbq, arts and crafts projects, a bungee jumper, and the exciting emcee’d cakewalk featuring beautiful cakes donated and designed by parents. NEW IN 2019: bike-powered blenders! Don't forget about extended carnival games, cool prizes for kids, and the raffle of a new quilt AND an archival quilt designed by Ellen Oppenheimer and Peralta kids.

The event runs with parent volunteers! From the cotton candy to the bungee jumper, we’ll need lots of help both in planning the event as well!  As always, we’ll be silk-screening new shirts, as well as featuring fortune telling, cotton candy, donated baked goods, massage and more!

To volunteer to staff an event, or if you have ideas to include in the Peralta in Bloom Spring Festival, contact Paolomee Udani or Ashley Dawn.

Quilt Raffle

This year, we will raffle two quilts that support our theme: helping hands.

The new quilt was designed by Ellen and students the Bushrod Community Center Solidarity School during the recent OUSD strike. Ellen incorporated both archival fabrics used in the Helping Hands Commission through the Walter and Elise Haas Fund and fabrics dyed by current 3rd graders at Peralta. She wanted symbolize the energy of the broad community working together and lending a hand to contribute to change within and outside of our school.  

The second quilt is an archival quilt made over a decade ago. This quilt is filled with hand prints, again, symbolizing the mission of our school and the art program – reaching out to help one another.

Our art program is struggling in the face of budget cuts. Our kids need your help. Every ticket you buy supports the arts at Peralta. This fundraiser generates thousands of dollars for our program.  

Now two lucky people will win these beautiful work of art that show how integrating the arts into our curriculum builds creativity, confidence and problem solving. Our students can do great things, especially when they work together —  these quilts show it!

Tickets this year are $2 each or $10 for 6. The winning tickets will be drawn at Peralta in Bloom around 3:50pm. It’s not too late to head over to the Quilt Raffle Booth on Saturday, May 4th to buy yourself more chances to win.

Past Peralta quilts have been displayed at the American embassy in Moscow, an exhibit at the San Francisco Airport Museum, and at corporate offices for Levi’s, Kaiser, and others. Ellen is a textile artist whose work is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s collection. She’s done many projects in the Oakland schools, and has been working at Peralta for 15 years.

Our sincere gratitude goes to Artist-in-Residence Ellen Oppenheimer for her work shepherding this quilt to fruition.