The Community Arts Engage Courses address issues of immediate concern in a specific community in the greater Bay area. Students gain intimate knowledge of various strategies for working with a specific organization and the ability to navigate through the problems and dilemmas that those organizations face.
For Engage: Planting Recipes and Legacies, the class will collaborate with Legal Assistance for Senior (LAS) and Acta Non Verba, a community garden in East Oakland. LAS will connect our class with its significant network of self-sufficient senior citizens who live in the East Bay. The class will tell these senior's stories through the universal language of food and recipes by collecting their amazingly diverse histories along with associated recipe or recipes that support with these stories. The utilization of the power of food and recipes will allow the class to connect the seniors with the Oakland community through our community garden Acta Non Verba. Through the project, students will learn about community engagement, design implementation and layout, and how to develop and execute a community event. In addition the class will participate in urban gardening in a vibrant community in East Oakland.