Create and Explore With Us

Finding new ways to Create and Explore!

We are excited to bring back limited in-person classes and camps this year.

We are staying vigilant of new COVID-19 variants and changing protocols. The safety of our students & teachers is our utmost concern.


Fall After-school Classes: Registration is OPEN.

We will be offering Carpentry, Creative Technology, Art Adventures & a brand new teen class: Explorations in Visual Arts.

Use the buttons below to register or learn more about our awesome after-school program!


Spring Break Camp 2022: Wild Paint and Collage

Wild Paint and Collage was a blast! The campers created mixed media art through the exploration of texture and layering. The campers loved the emphasis on sustainability and reuse through the incorporation of found objects and discovered that they had all the tools and materials needed to make art anywhere! We believe they will now look at ordinary objects with new perspectives and experience a sense of wonder as future projects create unexpected and captivating results.


Junior Center News:

Sip & Make Postponed

Dear Friends of the Junior Center of Art and Science, I’m writing to inform you that due to rising COVID 19 case rates, we have …
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JCAS marred by fires…again.

Unfortunately our wonderful Center at the Lake has suffered another fire. Don’t worry though, we are still on track to continue with our Spring programming …
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2022 COVID-19 Updated Policies

At the Junior Center, we are working hard to implement best practices to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.  We are …
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Living the Life of Gary

Gary has lived in his home by Lake Merritt for over 15 years. Between the pandemic and a fire that destroyed part of his living …
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Virtual JCAS Recap!

Temporary Center Closure Due to 2021 Fire

The Junior Center of Art and Science remains ever resilient, a testament to its 67 year history.  Even during a pandemic, until our recent fire, we have been situated on the shore of Lake Merritt between the Nature Center and the Sailboat House, overlooking the Bird Sanctuary. 

During the soon to be initiated building rehabilitation process (to be completed June 2022) and until our return to the site, we are operating remotely and in school and nonprofit partner sites. One such current location is at 555 19th Street, Suite 131, Downtown Oakland. Register as usual via the various website links and other location details will be provided! 

We hope you all take good care.

In community,

The Junior Center Team

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] and someone from our team will contact you soon!