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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, perform and teach their art to the community, here at the Center. We have managed to obtain small grants to give the artists small honoraria for their time. Music, art, theater, and healing arts 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. Our programs are able to continue thanks to the contributions of: California Arts Council, Alameda County Arts Council, City of Oakland Arts & Culture, The San Francisco Foundation, Clorox, and Individual Donors.
Providing art for youth @PJC
Performing Arts @ PJC
Provides after-school and summer performing arts instruction to youth 10-14 in the West Oakland community.
Healing Through Art and Self Expression
“Healing through Art & Self Expression” is an 8-week program for women in recovery that includes art, writing, music and storytelling. At the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement's 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.It is offered several times per year and is facilitated by Carmen Reyes Edstrom.
Providing open-air events for the West Oakland community
Sister Thea Bowman Backyard Theater
In 2001, the backyard of Prescott-Joseph was converted into a 2,000 sq.ft. outdoor theater with seating capacity for nearly 100. The Sister Thea Bowman Memorial Theater, a hidden jewel, provides the perfect location for intimate, community events. Several times per year, Prescott-Joseph Center provides music, dance, and theater events for the community. Past presentations have included urban adaptations of Shakespeare and plays by August Wilson. The theater is also available to rent for events, meetings, and receptions. For more information, please contact (510) 835-8683 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Showcasing local artists
Artists in Residency
Several times per year, we present art shows spotlighting local artists, as well as smaller shows throughout the year. Artists also teach classes. Past shows have included works by TheArthur Wright and Francis Dunham Catlett. Shows are curated by Tomye Neal-Madison.