Monday, April 11, 2011

Young at Heart: Workshops and Classes Worth Checking Out

This week I wanted to share with you a few links I've found to kids arts programs in the East Bay.

Bay Area Youth Arts: offering classes in African jazz song, dance & percussion for all ages.

Museum of Children's Art: Located in downtown Oakland, MOCHA has daily art camps fall-spring and weekly summer camps, weekday and weekend Drop-in Art Studios, Free after-school programs featured at a variety of Oakland libraries, exhibits and more.

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp: Providing week long summer camps for girls ages 8-18 where they get the chance to learn an instrument and write perform songs with other band mates. This program has lots of hands on mentoring and instruction from female volunteers.

Kids N Dance: An exciting dance and theater school for kids. With a few locations in the East Bay, they offer themed classes, camps and birthday parties that are interactive and fun. They have a few great videos that show you what you can expect. (I watched one on their musical theater camps and I fell IN LOVE!! I've had the opportunity of working in children's theater and i can tell this program has a lot of heart.)

Street Style/ Dream Seam: A fashion program for ages 14-25 located in Oakland. This organization has offered workshops, classes on fashion merchandising, galleries and fashion shows featuring the work of the East Bays finest young designers.

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse: Besides finding awesome deals on salvaged art materials, the Creative Reuse provides educational outreach, organizing after school programs
and special community events.

The Junior Center of Art and Science: a non-profit organization with exhibits, events, workshops, classes and summer camps since 1954.

Studio One Arts Center: With such a large variety of different mediums offered, some of the highlights are poetry, ceramics, sculpture, flower art, stained glass, jewelry making, digital photography, yoga, dance, drama, drawing and more!

I'm sure that there are even more programs and organizations in the Eat Bay that I have yet to find. If you know of any that you would like to share please let me know. I'll be searching for more and keep you posted!

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