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, a petting zoo, cartooning with Lloyd Dangle, and the exciting emcee’d cakewalk featuring beautiful cakes donated and designed by parents. This year’s event includes expanded carnival games, cool prizes for kids, a basket raffle, and the raffle of a new quilt 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 on May 18!
Last year’s spring festival we used the theme of conserving through recycling and re-use. The theme recurred in the sales of tomato starts in the garden, in the making of planters from newspapers with Mr. Mac, and Ellen Oppenheimer’s “Quilt in a Day” project for Elizabeth House as well as silk screen-printing of the Peralta in Bloom logo onto recycled tee shirts. We also continue to reduce waste by using compostable plates, and sorting trash in three ‘recycle monsters’—Compostina, Lenny Landfill, and Rerun. This year, we’ll be silk-screening new shirts, as well as featuring fortune telling, cotton candy, donated baked goods, massage and more!
This year marks the 17th anniversary of the Quilt Raffle, Peralta’s oldest 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.
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.