Give the Gift of Creative Exploration

Each year we proudly reach over 8,500 young learners and their families through our interactive learning spaces at our center on Lake Merritt, our after-school classes, workshops and camps, and our community partnership programs that take place throughout all seven districts of Oakland and beyond.

The Junior Center relies on the generosity of our supporters to make our work happen.


Embeds a JCAS teaching artists in an 8-session public school classroom residency.


Covers the cost of tuition of a one-week session in our popular summer camps.


Funds a student’s participation in a 6 week on-site after school program.


Covers the materials cost for one student to design and build their own project in our carpentry or digital design camps.

Any amount makes a huge difference to the young learners we serve each day. Give a gift today by clicking the donate button.

Donate to the Fire Relief Fund

Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to temporarily close our center. Earlier this year, there was a building fire that has significantly damaged the center and will prevent us from reopening until next year. Despite these setbacks, we continue our work through Virtual JCAS and continued collaboration with our school and community partners. 

On behalf of the children and families we serve each year, we thank you!