Educational Outreach


4695 Telegraph Ave.

Oakland, CA 94609

Map and directions

Open to the public
seven days a week!

Store hours:
11am-6pm daily

Donation hours:
11am-5pm daily

Special Events & Art in the Heart

The Depot offers two exciting environmental art education programs, Special Events for the community and Art in the Heart at select Richmond Public Schools.


Through Special Events, professional atists are hired by the Depot to conduct free, hand-on, “eco-art” activitiesfor the community. They can be hired for schools, libraries, public fairs and festivals, or private parties. Both children and adults enjoy learning about the importance of reuse and recycling while making art projects, useful crafts, and even costumes from reused items from the Depot.

Upcoming public Special Events:
Oakland Art & Soul Festival: August 15 & 16, 2009
South Berkeley Farmers Market: October 27, 2009
Temescal Trick or Treat: October 31, 2009

For a rate quote or to request a Special Events artist at your school or event, please contact Maggie at 510.655.6628 or [email protected].

Options for craft projects include:

  • Fairy wands & wings
  • Pirate hats & swords
  • Bookmaking
  • Puppetry
  • Manila folder animal masks
  • Musical instruments
  • Egg carton caterpillars
  • Floppy disk cars
  • Holiday or cultural-themed projects

Art in the Heart

Funded by the West Contra Costa Solid Waste Management Authority, Art in the Heart is a hands-on art program that brings professional teaching artists into after-school programs and classrooms in public schools on an ongoing basis that allows the artists and their students to develop relationships while learning skills by participating in environmentally conscious art projects. Art in the Heart is currently in four after-school classrooms in the Richmond Public Schools.  Lesson plans are developed around available reused materials from the Depot store.

Art in the Heart’s goals are to bring ethnically diverse, cultural and artistic enriching experiences to educational adjunct programs through hands-on eco-arts and crafts, taking advantage of the artistic, aesthetic, educational and practical use of recycled materials, while having fun.  What began as an outreach program for the Depot Store has blossomed into a program with a distinct artistic identity and purpose.