Community Institutions for the Arts

Spark visits with arts organizations that have been supporting the Bay Area art community for decades and the people that keep them alive.

Founded in 1973, Ashkenaz is an East Bay music and culture venue that specializes in live roots music and international folk dancing every night of the week.

Every summer since 1967, Harriet and Jim Schlader have produced and directed classic American musical theater for the Woodminster Summer Musicals in Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park.

Then head south to Santa Cruz’s Kuumbwa Jazz Center, celebrating its 28th year as the West Coast’s oldest year-round jazz performance venue and education center.

Community Institutions for the Arts 8 October,2003Spark

In this Episode


Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center

Head down to Berkeley, where Ashkenaz has become a hub of the folk music and dance community.


Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Catch John Scofield in performance at Santa Cruz's Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

Woodminster Summer Musicals

Woodminster Summer Musicals

Meet Jim and Harriet Schlader, who've been filling the Oakland hills with the sound of the Woodminster Summer Musicals.

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