Emily Wilson

Art for the Real World

Students in the ENGAGE program at Oakland’s California College of the Arts are earning course credit in some unusual places, including the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco and San Quentin State Prison in Marin. By sending students to create work with and for others, the program prepares budding artists for life outside the serene haven of the studio.

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From Lafayette to Afghanistan

In 2005, Lafayette resident Budd MacKenzie—a lawyer, former Little League coach, and, briefly, a purveyor of wine and cheese—started Trust in Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Afghanistan. Providing schooling for all—not just for boys—is the crux of MacKenzie’s mission.

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The Hard Work of Play

Fourteen years ago, Jill Vialet of Oakland started Playworks to teach youngsters how to interact and develop socially through play. Today, teams of coaches from the Oakland-based nonprofit fan out to low-income schools across the East Bay to help kids get recess right.

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Roots & Renaissance

In Black Artists in Oakland, authors Jerry Thompson and Duane Deterville explain how and why the city has been a magnet for writers, musicians and artists. The authors and several Oakland artists and teachers talk about this legacy and the artistic revival underway in West Oakland.

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Faces of the East Bay