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 made the difficult decision to postpone the Sip & Make “Wine & Watercolors” event scheduled for June 9th.

Out of an abundance of caution for all the members of our community, I cannot in good conscience justify an indoor gathering where we would be taking off our masks to enjoy wine together. We will be identifying an alternate date and an outdoor location for later this summer and will make that announcement as soon as possible.

If you purchased a ticket, we will hold your payment on credit for that new date, or happily issue you a refund. Please let Program Coordinator, Rachel Holmstrom know how you’d like to proceed ([email protected]).

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly at [email protected]

With continued wishes for all our health and safety,
Clive Worsley, Executive Director

Community News

Old Oakland Celebrates Youth + Creativity

On Saturday, April 16th we participated in the Old Oakland Celebrates Youth + Creativity Block Party presented by Civic Design Studio, E14 Gallery, and Good Good Eatz! We made tote bags and buttons with the community and promoted our upcoming summer camps. We also joined OUSD High Schools in the OUSD Student Art Showcase and presented work from our Franklin, Emerson, and Carl Munck Elementary Residencies. Check out pictures from the event below!

Community News

Volunteer Summer Camp Counselors Needed!

Volunteer Counselors play a vital role in the success of Junior Center Summer Day Camp. They lead activities, help their campers with their projects, and ensure that each camper feels safe and integrated within his/her group as well as the larger camp experience.

We are looking for students (high school or college) who are great with kids, like art and science and have a positive and energetic attitude. Experience working with children and interest in science, nature, and the creative spirit are strongly preferred. You must have your own transportation and be reliable.


  • Be a positive role model 
  • Provide leadership, guidance and support to your group of approximately 10 campers throughout the day and week
  • Assist your campers with their projects, art activities, games,and outdoor play.
  • Participate in other camp activities, including morning meeting, two daily snacks, and lunch as well as set up and clean up of project spaces.
  • Team up with other CIT’s and staff to help create a fantastic experience for all
  • Attend one day of mandatory training (dates TBD, 2022)


  • Must love working with kids and be patient, caring, enthusiastic and energetic
  • Must have experience working with kids (babysitting counts)
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities and be a team player
  • Education: high school (must be age 14 or older), or college
  • Experience as a counselor or camper a plus
  • Experience with the visual arts or STEAM a plus


Each camp runs for one week (Monday – Friday) from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. It is our preference that volunteers sign up for the entire duration of camp, but accommodations can be made. Be sure to include availability in your application or email us at [email protected]

Community News

Spring Break Camp: Wild Paint and Collage was a blast!

Here are some photos from Spring Break Camp 2022: Wild Paint and Collage!

Community News

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 at Lotus Bloom Preschool and Summer Camps at the Rotary Nature Center, right next door to our Center! The past two years have definitely been difficult, but we are remaining optimistic for the future and are continuously encouraged by the support of our community.

Community News

Winter Camp: Drawing Lab was a blast!

Here are some photos from Winter Camp 2021: Drawing Lab!


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 following guidelines put forth by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the City of Oakland, the State of California, the Center for Disease Control, the federal government, and the World Health Organization.

If an individual has had prolonged contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 5 days from known contact.  On the fifth day, they must test negative and be asymptomatic before returning to the classroom. 

If an individual tests positive, they must quarantine for 7 days. On the 7th day they must test negative and remain asymptomatic before returning to the classroom.

If an individual is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 they must quarantine for 5 days from beginning of symptoms.  On the fifth day, they must test negative and be asymptomatic before returning to the classroom. 

If you have any questions or concerns about our policies, feel free to reach out at [email protected]

Thank for your cooperation in keeping our community healthy and safe.


Old Oakland Celebrates – The Holidays!

We had such a blast at the last Oakland Celebrates Event, that we are doing it again!

We will be doing art activities for families in the courtyard of Swan’s Market. Stop by, say hi, make some cool art, and check out the other fabulous vendors!