The People’s Conservatory fosters high level arts creation, study and performance in an effort to promote cultural awareness and positive social change. As artist educators we help young artists reveal themselves by facilitating experiences that help focus on growth and expansion. TPC’s curriculum incorporates a wide range of teachings rooted in ethnic and cultural studies, using our students’ inherent artistic voices to make them the next generation of culture keepers.


TPC trains young artist explorers, with a dedicated focus on brown and black youth from marginalized and economically blighted communities, to envision and create a humane and just world through their art. Our faculty of working artistic professionals helps young people find their creative voices, re-imagine their communities’ most pressing social problems, and transform from cultural consumers to cultural producers. TPC will establish a central hub to house its artists and programming as well as provide a base for arts and culture to be supported and to thrive in Oakland. Students in our conservatory develop a lifelong commitment to learning as they are given the voice and agency to become the new leaders of tomorrow.

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OSA’s FREE Step It Up program begins October 4th featuring 3 of our amazing Teaching Artists and so much more!

TPC will be offering Spoken Word, Poetry and Theater with Tierra, Filmmaking with Safahri & Cardboard Engineering with Octavio !!

TPC Homeschool Arts Academy offers high level, culturally transformative arts experiences for children wishing to broaden their cultural awareness as well as to develop mastery in the arts disciplines of their choosing. Visual art, Music, Dance, Theater, Media, and Literary arts are featured in this multi-disciplinary arts program to give young scholars opportunities to study under some of the Bay Area’s most renowned artists. 

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Serving 12 Schools in the East Bay

Make a 100% tax-deductible donation today to give children from the East Bay’s most marginalized communities a space to find their creative voices and realize a more humane world through their art.


TPC Justice Murals

TPC Justice Murals are inspired by the injustices that Black and Brown people face and endure on a daily basis in America. The goal of our justice murals is to engage our young people (ages 3-18) in acts of artistic expression that explore the social ills of our nation and to counteract the hate we experience with love. Furthermore these engagements are meant to inspire our community to act on behalf of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters who have been marginalized and oppressed by systemic racism and to give us a platform to be seen and heard.

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The Heal Oakland Mural is a public art work that was produced by The People’s Conservatory @thepeoplesconservatory and @smceastbay to bring a bright shining light to our fallen babies. Many of our young people who have been taken from us too soon will now be memorialized, commemorated, and remembered by this piece. It is our living altar!

Heal Oakland is nestled between the San Antonio and Fruitvale Hoods in East Oakland Ca. On the corner of E 12th and 25th Ave. next door to the Dollar Tree. This project was lead designed by Octavio Hernandez @the8thsun, Co- designed by Nicky Gervacio @nicolegervacio and supported by an amazing cast of artists, Sharon Virtue @shananackle -, Olubori Babaoye @g.theartist510 -, Rachel Wolf-Goldstein @wolf_.pack@bayareamuralpro, Zoe Boston@zoeadiahboston, Robin Gibson @robinologie -

This project was also supported by Be Imaginative Collective @beimaginativecollective and numerous volunteer families and individuals who showed up to lend a hand. 


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Now Open for Viewing @ 15th & Broadway, Oakland