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THE CENTER

 

The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy (DACA), a.k.a. the Rainbow Teen Center is a state of the art Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development facility designed to give teens an opportunity to learn and grow, while having a good time with instructors and fellows members.

 

OPERATION HOURS

Monday - Friday 11:00pm to 6:00pm

Saturdays & Sundays (When there is a scheduled event or appointment.)

 

If you would like to set up an appointment to see the facility, please call us at (510) 615-5807, or email us at info@dacaoakland.com.


 

CENTER PHOTO GALLERY

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Take a look at some of the photos of our center by clicking on any of the above photos. For more photos, please check out our Facebook page. Also, take a look at videos made by some of our teens on our YouTube channel.


 

THE STAFF

 

 

Claytoven Richardson PhotoClaytoven Richardson

Digital Audio Instructor & Audio Engineer

(Recreation Specialist II PPT)


Claytoven has worked on hundreds of projects throughout his 30-year career. Constantly in demand as one of the top session vocalists, his voice can be found on albums featuring GRAMMY winning artists such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, as well as, on popular video games like Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore (Versions 1 & 2). He has also written for and produced artists such as Patti Austin, Young Jeezy, and Charlie Wilson.

 

Currently, Claytoven is also teaching part-time at San Francisco State University for the Music Recording Industry Department. From the fruits of those labors he has penned the book, The Professional Studio Vocalist.

 


 

Scott Marsh PhotoScott Marsh

Digital Audio, Culinary, & Guitar Instructor

(Recreation Specialist I)


Scott Marsh is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate with over seven years experience in professional kitchens. He is trained in all classical French cooking techniques and enjoys baking as well.

 

When he is not cooking, Scott is also a self-taught musician who specializes in the composition of electronic and pop music through digital audio workstations such as Reason and Sonar. He has been writing and playing music for over 10 years and was involved in making YouTube Music videos with the band David Unger Music. David Unger Music's YouTube channel has gained over 2 million views, along with recognition from celebrity music artists such as Nicki Minaj, Kesha, Katy Perry, B.O.B., and La Roux.


 

Eric Flood PhotoEric Flood

Digital Video & Digital Audio Assistant Instructor

(Recreation Attendant I)


Eric Flood is currently a student at Laney College, studying film production. During his studies at the Fremont Media Academy in Oakland, he gained four years of video experience and education. Eric has since gained another year of experience during his involvement with many other independent video projects. Though he wants to gain more skills while teaching at DACA, sharing learned skills to help others to grow is his main goal.

 


 

Eric Flood PhotoWill Hill

Urban Gardenning and Art Instructor

(Recreation Leader I)

 

Pictorial artist, William “Will” Hill is an Oakland, CA - East Bay Area native. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University East Bay (Hayward, CA). During his time as an undergrad he has exhibited works in several art shows, including his first juried art exhibition at CSU East Bay. His next art shows were, “Letters and Context”, “Out There, In There”, and a solo show entitled, “Days Past”.

 

Will has worked with several organizations involving kids including the City of Oakland's Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development (OPRYD) department for the last10 years. As a part of OPRYD he has worked for 8 years with kids and domesticated wildlife at the Rotary Nature Center at Oakland’s Lake Merritt before transferring to the Digital Arts and Culinary Academy (DACA) in East Oakland. There he works with kids and adults in gardening and a variety art classes. In addition to working for the City of Oakland, William still participates in art shows creating drawings, paintings, and sculptures.

 


 

Recreation Center Director

Horace Houston

 

Recreation Supervisor

Maribel Correl

 

Director of Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development

J Nicholas Williams

 

Our Founding Angels

Desley Brooks, Former Oakland City Councilmember - District 6
Clara Garzon, Former Legislative Aide to Councilmember Desley Brooks
Patricia Brooks, Former Administrative Aide to Councilmember Desley Brooks

 

 


 

 

 

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