Emerson Elementary 1st graders making land art in the style of Beverly Buchanan

The Junior Center is proud to celebrate over 65 years of bringing quality arts and science programs to Bay Area schools and community sites. JCAS offers residencies to schools and community centers in the Bay Area in visual arts, Makerspace education, and STEAM. 

Our programs are designed on a foundation of arts integration, creative youth development, and attention to supporting and growing social emotional skills.  We are learner-centered -students are encouraged to investigate issues and themes relevant to their lives, their communities, and the evolving world. Through thoughtful creative exploration students gain skills with critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration.

Our programs offer students the opportunity to work with practicing professionals from the community and focus on first-hand learning experiences in the arts and sciences.

We are able to pivot our programs to online as necessary.

Residency programs are custom tailored to meet the needs of each school based on budget, time and curricular needs. Residencies can last anywhere between 3 weeks to 28 weeks. Cost is dependent on length and number of sessions.


Each Program Offers:

  • Hands-on creative and exploratory experiences that enhance student learning across disciplines. Curriculum is often interdisciplinary and designed to meet the needs of each school. We collaborate closely with teachers to develop programs that connect to classroom learning.  
  • Highly skilled and experienced educators. Our educators are trained in standards aligned curriculum development, community building strategies, social emotional learning, and culturally responsive teaching strategies.
  • Opportunities for educators and students to immerse themselves in various media, techniques and projects that they may not otherwise be exposed to, such as: clay, sculpture, print-making, and book arts, to name a few.
  • We are Standards aligned programming that support Common Core State Standards, Visual and Performing Arts Standards, and NGSS.

Examples of School Programs:  

Social Justice Through Art

Botanical Illustration and Nature Journalling

Zines: Rethinking the book

The Built Environment: What makes a city?

Sharing Our Stories: Exploring self portraiture as a means of community engagement

Creative Technology: Explorations in circuitry, simple machines, and more

Stop Motion Animation: How do we tell our stories with moving images?

Connecting to Our Local Environment: Animals, habitats, and our native plants

Portrait of American Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama by ARISE High School Student

​To learn more about partnering for a residency program, please contact Cybele Gerachis, Program Director at [email protected].