Oakland and Cleveland Museums Wager Youth Art Experience on NBA Finals


With the NBA championship series between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers beginning this evening, it seems that Bay Area residents are all rallying behind the Warriors in their own way — even the Oakland Museum of California. The directors of OMCA and the Cleveland Museum of Art announced this afternoon that they are going up against each other in a wager. The loser will sponsor a children's art experience at the winning institution, in partnership with an organization in that museum's city. 

OMCA director Lori Fogarty initially proposed the bet in a Youtube video uploaded earlier today:

If the Warriors win, the Cleveland Museum of Art will sponsor a trip for 100 students from YMCA East Bay to visit OMCA and enjoy a Golden State Warriors-themed art experience. If the Cavaliers end up winning, OMCA will sponsor 100 children from the Cleveland-area Boys and Girls Club and the Fatima Family Center to visit the Cleveland Museum of Art. 

"Like the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA, our museums are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of children and families in Oakland and Cleveland," said Fogarty in a press release sent out today. "We look forward to welcoming children to OMCA when the Cavaliers lose. Game on! Go Dubs!"

The museum directors were inspired by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Cleveland mayor Frank G. Jackson, who recently went in on a similarly community-oriented NBA wager in the form of a fundraising competition to support food banks in their respective cities. 

Both directors agree that it's a win-win scenario for everyone. Maybe when the Warriors inevitably win, OMCA will even offer to sponsor their youth program anyways — if Cleveland is lucky. 

Follow the bet on social media with the hashtags #OAKvsCLE and #MuseumWager.

Cover image courtesy of Oakland Museum of California.