Born and raised in Oakland, California, Anyka Barber is a mother, an artist/activist, a curator, and an entrepreneur. In 2010, Anyka founded Betti Ono, a creative social enterprise and arts space committed to the cultural, social, political, and economic emancipation and development of low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities of color. In her role as director and curator of Betti Ono, she has produced, designed, and integrated art, enterprise, and social impact strategy to leverage creative capital, cultural products, and networks for good. She is currently a Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation, working with the Anchoring Communities/Place team to activate more than $10M in investments to preserve the racial and cultural identity of the Bay Area, to prevent the displacement of low-income and communities of color, and to bring greater racial and economic equity to the Bay Area.
Behind the scenes, Anyka is committed to strengthening the Bay Area arts community as an arts advocate and advisor. In June 2015, Anyka initiated the formation and design of a grassroots arts action and advocacy body, the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, whose mission is to “#KeepOaklandCreative, affordable and vibrant!” Anyka was named Most Socially Engaged Curator in 2015, and Betti Ono was voted ‘Best of the East Bay’ for the past three consecutive years 2016, 2015, and 2014 by East Bay Express.