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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.
Formerly Prescott Elementary School
Art @ PLACE
Provides visual arts instruction to students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten through fifth grade at PLACE.
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 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.
Shakespeare in the Yard
Theater in the Yard
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 an intimate, community theater experience. Twice a year, Prescott-Joseph Center’s Artists in Residence and The Lower Bottom Playaz continue their tradition of bringing the August Wilson Century Cycle to West Oakland. Under the Artistic Director Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PHd, the latest installment Seven Guitars continues to impress. This collaboration may represent the only team to bring the full August Wilson series to play, in order and by a Black theater troupe or any troupe in history. There are five (5) more plays left in the series. The next play to debut is Fences. For tickets or sponsorship call the Box office: (510) 835-8683 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lower Bottom Playaz
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.