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 in Bloom has events for different ages, including great live music, fresh food and a bbq, arts and crafts projects, a climbing wall, and the exciting emcee’d cakewalk featuring beautiful cakes donated and designed by parents. Don't forget about extended carnival games, cool prizes for kids, a basket raffle, and the raffle of THREE new quilts designed by Ellen Oppenheimer and Peralta kids.
The event runs with parent volunteers! From the cotton candy to the climbing wall and bouncy house, 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!
Quilt Raffle — or is it 'quilts'?
The Quilt Raffle is Peralta’s oldest and possibly most beloved fundraiser.
Each year, artist-in-residence Ellen Oppenheimer works with hundreds of students to design an original pattern, dye the fabric, cut, sew and assemble a beautiful quilt.
But this year there are THREE quilts being raffled. Two from years past and a brand new one that is very special. As Ellen puts it "The quilt is different this year, it was designed by Peralta students and some of it was sewn by Peralta Students but all of the fabrics were from the collection of Eli Leon. Eli is a local quilt collector and researcher whose interest is African American quilts. He has published several books and catalogs and organized many shows. He has dementia and currently lives at a memory care center. When he left his house his collection of quilts and fabric were sold and donated so we made a quilt with some of his fabrics." Since writing this description Mr. Leon past away. If you would like to know more about him you can read his obituary here: Eli Leon, 82, Dies; Champion of African-American Quilt Makers
Ellen’s quilts are a symbol of Peralta: many hands working together to create something beautiful—and having lots of fun along the way. 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.
The raffle is an important fundraiser for Peralta’s award-winning art program, which needs your help more than ever now that donors have scaled back arts funding.