Downtown Berkeley's Art House Gallery & Cultural Center mixes art with purpose. In addition to art exhibits, the space also hosts benefit events.
La Peña Cultural Center, with its trademark colorful mural out front, is a microcosm of Berkeley’s cultural, social, and political utopia. Founded in 1975 in response to the military coup that overthrew Chilean President Salvador Allende, La Peña continues to live up to its revolutionary roots, hosting a variety of hip-hop, world, and jazz music; spoken word; dance classes; art exhibits; films; and lectures, focusing on social justice and human rights about four nights a week. Its 175-capacity theater features a sizable stage, wooden dance floor, and a riser with tables and chairs, suitable for getting sweaty to some Latin American rhythms or sitting back and enjoying the show. If all that consciousness has you feeling a bit woozy, try one of the empanadas at La Peña’s Cafe Valparaiso.
This recently renovated arts complex features the 203-seat Buriel Clay Theatre, the Sargent Johnson Gallery for Black visual culture, meeting spaces, dance studios, archives of African American history, a recording studio and a multi-use space available for rent. Located in the heart of the historic Western Addition, the complex celebrates Afro-centric artistic and cultural performance exhibition and programming, focusing specifically on African American artists from the area. Youth classes are offered in hip-hop dance, audio engineering, and animation, among other things.
A non-profit dance center with classes including hip-hip, salsa, zydeco, ballet, rhythm tap, and more.
A designated Oakland landmark.