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The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy (DACA) is a state of the art facility designed to give teens an opportunity to learn and grow, while having a good time with instructors and fellow members.

Our Mission

The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy's mission is to help teens, aged 12 thru 16, grow and build self confidence through the learning of at least one of four components in our program: Digital Audio Production, Digital Video Production, Culinary Arts, or Urban Agriculture. Our goal is to help our youth excel and create a better life and community for themselves and others.

Our Programs

We offer two programs and a host of what we call Intensive Classes. Please go to the "Programs" page for detailed information about our programs and intensive classes.


Summer Reflections

Written by Joy Sledge

Zuni-Assata PhotoThis summer at DACA, we had two incredible sisters (Zuni and Assata Mosley-Moon) that participated in both of our 5 week Summer Day Camps. Zuni participated in the Culinary Track, which included Culinary Arts and Urban Gardening for the first summer session. Then she made a do-it-yourself (DIY) video of a baking project in the second summer session as a part of the Digital Video/Music Track. On the other hand, her sister, Assata spent both sessions in the Digital Video/Music Track and made two DIY videos of her arts and crafts jewelry. Assata was a true entrepreneur making her jewelry at the center and selling them to other members and staff. See more...

Guitars Not Guns Program for Youth Returns to Oakland

by Jane Tyska
for Inside Bay Area News

EO Leadership Academy PhotoOAKLAND -- Music can be a powerful weapon. Since the Guitars Not Guns® program returned to Oakland two years ago after a four-year absence, youths in the program can now make a statement with ballads instead of bullets.

Guitars Not Guns was founded in San Jose in 2000 by musician Ray Nelson and his wife, Louise. The nonprofit operates in 14 states and Canada, with classes offered locally... See more...

Join us at the Digital Arts & Culinary Academy (DACA) today. For teens, ages 12 thru 16!

For more information, to pick up an activity registration form, or to schedule a tour of the center,
please call us at (510) 615-5807 or email us at info@dacaoakland.com.

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The City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation (OPR) is fully committed to compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please make accommodation requests at least 10 days prior to an event. Direct all inquiries concerning program and disability accommodation to the OPR Inclusive Recreation Coordinator, Erin Burton at (510) 597-5064 or eburtons@oaklandnet.com. TTY callers please dial (510) 615-5883.

Founded by Oakland City Council Member, Desley Brooks

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