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Summer Programs


DACA is set with great classes for Summer 2017. Classes in music, cooking, videography, and urban gardening are only the start for the coming fiscal year. Be on the lookout this coming Fall for classes in coding, computer graphics, web site creation, and more. In the meantime, please checkout our Summer lineup on the Programs page or download a copy of our 2017 Summer Catalog. Also, please call us at (510) 615-5807 to set up a time to come by and see the center. We look forward to meeting you.

POSTED: 03/31/2017

How-To-Apply Workshop


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If you have an Oakland based cultural arts program that needs funding or want to put together a cultural arts based program in Oakland, here's your opportunity to learn how to apply for a City of Oakland Cultural Funding Grant in this FREE workshop.

To RSVP email: eartry-diouf@oaklandnet.comWorkshop QR Code

For more information please either
call Denise Pate-Pearson at (510) 594-3761 or scan the QR Code with your smart phone ----->

Hope to see you there...

POSTED: 03/28/2017

Healthy Cooking The OPR Way

by Claytoven Richardson

Recipe ImageDACA's award winning Chef Laurence Jackson did a fabulous presentation on Friday, May 20th during The City of Oakland Department of Human Resources Management's first ever, "Healthy Cooking Demo - Healthy Cooking 101". Erika Turner of DHRM, and Event Coordinator commented, "The cooking class was a huge success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Chef Laurence was wonderful!!!" As a result of that success, and in homage to the incredible department to which we belong (Oakland Parks and Recreation-OPR) DACA is pleased to announce that we will be sharing with you a series of simple gourmet recipes (one every month) entitled, "Healthy Living The OPR Way". The first recipe (Recipe #001 - May 2016) is the one Chef Laurence used during the event on the 20th. We hope that you enjoy it.

POSTED: 05/24/2016

Larrolyn Parms-Ford

by Kola Thomas

Larrolyn Ford PhotoWe congratulate and wish to present a Huge TA-DA to Larrolyn Parms-Ford, one of DACA's early students who is now graduating with a Bachelors degree in Music Performance and Theater from Mills College. Yes, DACA provided the opportunity and now the world is open to her to fly like an eagle. Many of us supported her with our presence at her Senior Thesis Concert - Class of 2016, which took place on Friday, May 6 at the Music Department, Mills College; and at her graduation on Saturday, May 14.

We intend to host a Reception for Larrolyn soon at DACA and hope you can join us in felicitating. When one succeeds, all of us succeed together!!! Special thank to Councilmember Desley Brooks, and all members of Staff at DACA and OPR!!!

POSTED: 05/18/2016

Summer Reflections

by Joy Sledge

Zuni-Assata PhotoThis summer at DACA, we had two incredible sisters (Zuni and Assata Mosley-Moon) that participated in both of our 5 week Summer Day Camps. Zuni participated in the Culinary Track, which included Culinary Arts and Urban Gardening for the first summer session. Then she made a do-it-yourself (DIY) video of a baking project in the second summer session as a part of the Digital Video/Music Track. On the other hand, her sister, Assata spent both sessions in the Digital Video/Music Track and made two DIY videos of her arts and crafts jewelry. Assata was a true entrepreneur making her jewelry at the center and selling them to other members and staff. See more...

POSTED: 08/30/2015

Guitars Not Guns Program for Youth Returns to Oakland

by Jane Tyska
for Inside Bay Area News

GNG PhotoOAKLAND -- Music can be a powerful weapon. Since the Guitars Not Guns® program returned to Oakland two years ago after a four-year absence, youths in the program can now make a statement with ballads instead of bullets.

Guitars Not Guns was founded in San Jose in 2000 by musician Ray Nelson and his wife, Louise. The nonprofit operates in 14 states and Canada, with classes offered locally... See more...

POSTED: 08/16/2015

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The City of Oakland Parks and Recreation (OPR) Department is fully committed to compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please make accommodation requests at least 10 days prior to an event. Direct all inquiries concerning program and disability accommodation to the OPR Inclusive Recreation Coordinator, Erin Burton at (510) 597-5064 or eburton@oaklandnet.com. VRS callers please dial (510) 615-5883.

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