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Art & Culture Programs
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Our Art and Culture program is highlighted by a multi-cultural group of artists that agree that there are very few if any places such as The Prescott-Joseph Center that artists can come together, demonstrate their art, and work together as a collaborative.
These artists want to share their work with the community and so they display or perform and teach their art to the people in the community, here at the Center. We have managed to get several small grants to give the artists small honoraria for their time. Music, art, crafts and theatre are taught here free.
The restoration of the magnificent convent building is in itself a program as it is a work of art. Several of our artists in residency are working on it. We desire to continue these programs, stabilize them and increase our capacity by hiring a part time artistic director and a theatrical director.
Theater in the Yard
In 2001, the backyard of PJCCE was converted to a 2,000 sq.ft. outdoor theater with seating capacity for 100. Twice a year we offer one theater production by a person of color and an "urban adaptation" of one of the works of Shakespeare, also called "Shakespeare in the Yard."
Artists in Residency
We offer two major annual art shows spotlighting local artists, as well as smaller shows throughout the year. Artists also teach classes. The Center is also home to the Lower Bottom Playaz acting troupe directed by Ayodele Wordslanger Nzinga.
HEARTS Healing Through Art and Self Expression
At the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement Healing and Arts Center (HEARTs Center), our primary goal is to reach women who we see as "angels with broken wings." By this we mean women who, because of circumstances or bad choices, are crippled educationally, emotionally and socially. They may come from homes where they suffered mental and physical abuse and or perhaps made bad life choices. For many these hardships and circumstances cause loss of dreams and create a sense of hopelessness and neediness.
Theater Day Camp
Resident theatre director Ayodele "Wordslanger" Nzinga is currently PLANNING a summer theatre camp to be held in the Sr. Thea Bowman, Memorial Theatre at PJC.
Midsummer Night's Dream a Huge Success
Middle students of St. Martin de Porres Middle School recently presented Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Students were directed by Amy Edelson, kindergarten teacher. Ms. Edelson, who was educated at Northwestern University's Theatre program and San Francisco State University School of Education, directed this play at The Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco School last year.