Sullivan Community Space Hosts Practice Space For Kola Creative Team

The Kola Creative Team, an Oakland professional production, is a re-envisioned version of The Nutcracker through the lens of African and Afro-Latinx music, dance, theater, and culture reflecting the lives of Black and Brown children socially, politically, and spiritually in modern-day Oakland.

Photo Credits: Stephanie Lister/KQED

Photo Credits: Stephanie Lister/KQED

"500+ students from over a dozen Oakland and other East Bay schools are involved as performers, composers and costume/set designers, including OSA, Anna Yates, Northern Light, Pear Tree Community School, West Oakland Middle School, Envision Academy Middle Grades, Park Day, Head Royce, and Latitude High School. The Kola creative team, comprised of The people’s Conservatory founder Rozz Nash and beloved local artists Kev Choice, Jennifer Johns, and Ryan Nicole.”

Photo Credits: Stephanie Lister/KQED

Check out this amazing short documentary about Sullivan Community Center. This video shows how Martial Arts impacted the youths in West Oakland.

Over the past decade, we at SMC have been active and investing in the West Oakland community.  Being involved and giving back to the community are core to our principles.  In line with this philosophy, we are excited to offer a new space for the community to use.
Our mission for the Sullivan Community Space is to serve the West Oakland community – especially local youth – by providing a facility to gather, exercise, and develop life skills.  The initial focus of the Space is to bring martial arts to the kids of West Oakland.  Martial arts training has been shown to benefit health and fitness, self-confidence, conflict resolution, focus and discipline.  Our goal is that the Space will provide a safe environment for members of the community to grow, develop life skills, and have fun.
We currently offer free adult and youth martial arts classes! Please contact Bradley Harbison with any question about the Martial Arts program.
Other local programs that have become part of the SC Space family include:
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Neill Sullivan donated the Sullivan Community Space to the residents of West Oakland in 2016. The Sullivan Community Space is a gathering place for youth martial arts and local community organizations.  Current partners include The Hatch Community, Prescott Neighborhood Council & Returned Citizens.

Sullivan Community Space
1671 8th Street, Oakland CA 94607
(510) 821-0238
contact@sullivancommunityspace.com