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Current Programs & Activities
Programs in Development
Our current location at 1923 Ashby Avenue in Berkeley is home to an ever expanding series of community meetings, classes, workshops, and gallery shows. We host writing workshops, singing groups, community music nights, neighborhood meetings, private events and family celebrations, most all are sliding-scale with a no-one-turned-away for lack of funds.
We strive to create a warm, accessible, inviting space that can serve the needs of our community. If you are interested in booking a class, workshop, meeting, or private event check out our booking and rental page here.
Each week The 1923 Teahouse presents 2-4 nights of live music and performance at Epic Arts Studios. In it’s four years of continuous programming this series has featured over 500 local, national, and international acts, from first-time neighborhood songwriters to internationally acclaimed artists from Madagascar, Australia, Israel, France, and Mexico. The Teahouse series provides a warm, intimate, unparalleled performance environment for both audiences and performers alike.
For a complete listing of upcoming performances visit our home page or complete calendar online at www.localendar.com/public/epic. To book a concert or performance please check out our booking and rental page here.
Epic Arts has helped organize the creation of the “Ashby Arts District”, the first arts district to be created by from the ground up by local arts organizations including: La Peña, The Ashby Stage, The Nomad Café, The Black Repertory Group, The Northern California Land Trust, Epic Arts Studios, and Tryptych Gallery. Epic Arts produces a monthly arts calendar listing events taking place all of the venues within the Ashby Arts District. Through collaboration of events and programs we hope to bridge gaps between neighboring organizations and the communities we serve. www.ashbyartsdistrict.org
Art is the birthright of every human being on the planet. At HereStories, we’re dedicated to producing public art projects that celebrate that joyful fact. Our long-term goal is for every person in the city of Berkeley to contribute artistically to the public space.
HereStories produces public art projects that bring people together in a fun and interactive environment where every person’s voice is honored. While sharing stories, learning about community history, and creating art, the participants have the time to get to know each other and build lasting relationships. When the process of creation is over, the public art remains in that place to share the experience with every person who passes by.
Our new facility will replace the existing mixed-use complex at 1923 Ashby Ave in Berkeley, the current site of Epic Arts Studios, and increase our capacity to serve ten-fold, from 8,000 to 80,000 persons annually. This redevelopment project will establish a new standard by paying tribute to the current cultural and historical context, as well as provide a key community and cultural nexus for this South Berkeley / North Oakland neighborhood, the greater East Bay, and beyond. It will include a cafe, performance space, dance studio, digital media lab, recording studio, art gallery, artist studios, crafts workshops for kids and adults, classrooms, a courtyard garden and our administrative offices. This expanded facility will dramatically enhance our program offerings and activate the cultural, social and economic vitality needed to sustain a legacy of positive growth for neighborhood youth, seniors, families, artists, and visitors alike. www.epicarts.org/campaign
Our biggest outdoor festival event of the year! For four years now Epic Arts has played an integral role in planning and producing this annual celebration of the spirit of Berkeley. Each year nearly 20,000 people participate in an all-day celebration of art, music, dancing, arts and crafts, costumes, and family fun. Two stages of live music, craft and food vendors, art car parade, theme villages, kids area, beer garden, and more in an all day blowout! www.howberkeleycanyoube.com
Fiscal sponsorship is the process by which an artist or project that does not have their own 501(c)3 non-profit status can receive tax deductible donations and/or apply for grants. The following is a list of our current Fiscal Sponsorship projects. For more information or to apply for possible fiscal sponsorship go to our fiscal sponsorship information page.
ArtCar Fest is the largest gathering of Art Cars in the West. Over 100 of the Nation's finest creations converge annually on the Bay Area in a four day celebration. What is an Art Car? "These aren't parade floats. ArtCars are registered, insured automobiles that artists work on for years and exhibit to anyone who will look up" says Philo Northrup ArtCar artist and ArtCar Fest Co-Founder. See for yourself, there's nothing else like this in the world! www.artcarfest.com
The Valentine Peace Project
The Valentine Peace Project uses a popular holiday to creatively promote Peace. Peace education as well as art and poetry workshops are held in schools and after-school programs on themes of conflict resolution, community and world peace. Poems on themes of peace and global citizenship are collected and attached to thousands of carnations for distribution each February 14 in different locations around the world. TVPP is working to develop partnerships with other peace organizations supporting their initiatives throughout the rest of the year. valentinepeaceproject.org
Everyday Theatre (EDT) is a small, dynamic and talent-rich theatre company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its inception, EDT has striven to create rigorous, compelling drama that spans across cultural boundaries, and speaks to the reality of our surroundings. EDT prides itself on combining a gut-level underground style with high production values that consistently appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences, from urban to urbane. www.everydaytheatre.org
Artists Meeting Place (AMP)
AMP, the Artists' Meeting Place and Resource Collective, is a worldwide collective of artists networking together to build and support local and international artists, create new art communities, and enhance those that already exist. A uniquely democratic approach to networking, AMP's members include practitioners of all kinds of arts, at every level from hobbyists to career professionals. AMP welcomes all artists, and those who work in any kind of art field - at any level, in every corner of the world. The idea is that everyone has something to offer, with a diverse international community of creatives making a powerful blend of resources. www.pluginamp.com
The Drama Mamas
The Drama Mamas is an ensemble-based theater company committed to developing and producing new works by emerging and mid-career bay-area female playwrights. We engage female voices with the world's on-going cultural, political, and existential debate. Working in collaboration with diverse groups of performers, we develop dance-theater, sketch comedy, and full length plays. www.dramamamas.com
Mama Elephant is a non profit website that provides a cyber meeting place for the non profit music community. It also acts as a parent web site for all Mama Elephant activities. mamaelephant.org is primarily an informational site that lists links to other sites. www.mamaelephant.org
Current partnership programs include our work with The Shotgun Players at The Ashby Stage, their home-base theatre located just two doors down from Epic Arts Studios, and Uniquely Unified, an art and entrepenurial training program for kids and teens currently based in the lower level of Epic Arts studios.
We are also in a long-term partnership with Burning Man and The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF), who share our mission goals of participation, creativity, and the integration of art within the greater community. We are always seeking new community partnerships that build upon mutual needs and each others' strengths to create a stronger, more vibrant neighborhood and arts scene.
Our annual, old time family BBQ fun... with a twist! Our excuse to play ridiculous games in the spirit of grandiose international competition. Past events have included the Chicken Toss, Ridiculous Relay, Grape Eating Contest, Balloon Toss, Tug-of-War, Solar Powered DJ Battle and much more. To accentuate the drama we have professional sportscasters, cheerleaders, and innocent bystanders creating a ridiculous, free, all ages day of Olympic fun.