Who We Are


The Junior Center of Art and Science (JCAS) cultivates curiosity and creative exploration for youth through the arts and sciences. Located in the heart of Oakland on the shores of Lake Merritt, the Center is dedicated to providing equitable access to our programs for all youth and their families throughout Oakland and the greater East Bay Area. We harness the power of creativity and experiential learning to inspire big ideas and illuminate the everyday connections between art and science.


We value the necessity of equity and representation in the fields of art and science and invest in the future of these fields by providing equitable access to our programs.

We value creativity and imagination – two cornerstones in art and science exploration. We design our programs to support innovation and creative inquiry.



Bernard E. & Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation