1324 Adeline Street 

Oakland, California 95607  

(510) 891 - 0035

ABOUT US

Located in the heart of West Oakland and only blocks away from Oakland's downtown corridor, The Oak Center Cultural Center (OCCC) is a community based, 501(c)3 arts and cultural organization that has been serving the city of Oakland for over 40 years.

For the past 12 years the center has closed the year with two major community events: The Thanksgiving banquet where we also donate clothes to those in need and the Christmas toy and winter clothing give-away. The center’s board and community workers are excited to give back to these events that serve well over three hundred low-income and homeless families.

 

In keeping with our mission to serve the west Oakland community we have also made the OCCC available for rent at low or no cost for special events and community meetings. Please see our gallery page for pictures and memories of past events. 

OUR MISSION

Through cultural, artistic and educational programs and charitable support services, the OCCC provides workshops, classes, public forums, lectures, seminars, meetings and enrichment activities in its Mission to enrich the quality of life and provide relief to the poor, distressed and underprivileged in the West Oakland area.

OUR VISION

The Vision of the OCCC is to improve our community and empower its residents through the promotion of the historic cultural legacy and contemporary artistic expression within the West Oakland community.  

OCCC CURRENT PROGRAMS AND FOCUS

Oak Center Cultural Center programs are divided into four focuses which are reflective of our mission and vision. Those areas of focus are Arts, Education, Culture, and Community. Below are the four areas of focus and the programs that are currently active under each.

PROGRAM

DESCRIPTION

ART

Dreaming Again

Teaching the youth in our community music production and song writing skills. Dreaming is currently in its Genesis. We will be hosting open mics in an effort to gain visibility and find talent in the Oak Center/West Oakland Community.

EDUCATION

SPARK

Spark is an inner city playgroup for both parents and children ages 0-5. Through various games, songs, exercises and activities our participants are encouraged to reach important developmental milestones.

CULTURE

Celebrate!

Events centered on cultural traditions and holidays in an effort to restore a strong sense of culture and community in the Oak Center neighborhood.

COMMUNITY

Showers For Flowers

Host baby showers for at-risk expectant women of maternal all ages in the East Bay Area. In addition SFF provides job assistance to their mothers in the hopes of getting them financially independent.

PAST PROGRAMS AND SERVICES PROVIDED

2006-2016

    

  • Cultural Salsa Dance, Culinary Arts & Art
  • Art Gallery Showings - Exhibitions featuring artist in our community.

  • Community Movie Nights - A public viewing of classic movies for the entire family.

  • A.L.C (Art. Love. Community) - Promoting art collaborations, performances, open-mics, painting, and OCCC private auctions. An event to inspire youth and families in the community, as well as encourage artists in the area to exhibit their works or art. 

  • Vets For Chess - Teaching and training chess strategies to vets.

  • Peacemakers Youth at risk & Tutorial

  • Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program – provided G.E.D/job training in the summer months.

  • Pivotal Point Youth Services – helping youth in the community successfully transition from high school to college and into the work force.

  • The Manhood Collaborative –A group created to promote positive relationship building between African-American fathers and sons.

  • SHERO (Sustainable Health Education Resources and Outreach) – teaching safe sex and AIDS awareness to community females. SHERO has grown to become a national, non-profit organization.

  • OCCC Dance Program – African, modern, and jazz movement/exercise for community members.

 

2001-2005

 

  • S.I.S.T.E.R. Program – drug treatment and recovery support services to women.

  • OCCC Community After-school Program – tutoring and mentoring to grades 1-6th.

  • Acorn/Lowell Park Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council – awareness in neighborhood safety and crime prevention.

  • OCCC Dance Program – African, modern, and jazz movement/exercise for community members.

  • Pathway Productions (theater group) – provided training in theater arts to youth in the community. 

  • OCCC Martial Arts Program – teaching martial arts and self-defense to youth in the community.

  • Urban.net – provided training, mentor-ship, and tutoring in technology to youth in the community.

  • J.A.M. – provided mentor-ship and dance training to youth in the community.

 

1995-2000

 

  • Oak Center Children’s Pre-school Academy – provided childcare for low income to no income families primary in West Oakland.

  • S.I.S.T.E.R. Program – drug treatment and recovery support services to women.

  • Chosen Vessel Church services – community spiritual enrichment.

  • OCCC Community After-school Program – tutoring and mentoring to grades 1-6th.

  • Federation of African American Contractors Board Meetings – job training in construction and carpentry.

  • OCCC Dance Program – African, modern, and jazz movement/exercise for community members.

  • OCCC Martial Arts Program – teaching martial arts and self-defense to youth in the community.

  • OCCC Community Choir – provided vocal and performing arts training in addition to exposing community members to various parts of the Bay Area through performance opportunities.

  • Peace Makers -

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 PRESIDENT 

Deltrina Johnson

1ST VICE PRESIDENT 

Felita Clark

 2ND VICE PRESIDENT 

Carlos Webster

 TREASURER 

Carolyn Valrey

 SECRETARY 

Robert Clark