Oakland community College Partnership


Oakland Community College (OCC) joins Arts, Beats & Eats through a strategic partnership to again bring a variety of the school’s visual and performing arts elements to life throughout the festival weekend, along with new features highlighting the college’s first responder training programs. OCC and its students will participate with special live performances, art exhibitions and cooking demonstrations for attendees to enjoy and learn. 




OCC First Responder Simulator and Touch-A-Truck Event

Oakland Community College is proud to provide the majority of first responder training in the region. Part of their training includes a virtual driving simulator for students and area police, fire and EMS agencies. This year the community can experience the simulator at Arts, Beats & Eats! OCC will also host a touch-a-truck style event near the festival kids zone, featuring their brand new state-of-the-art fire truck. Additional trucks and more details to be announced later this summer.


Visit the Oakland Community College Art Gallery and Exhibition Space inside the Juried Fine Art Show.   Showcasing student art work in several media, the art gallery and exhibition space will also host demonstrations through out the weekend. 

Culinary Program                                                       

Chef Athena Bolger CCC, FMP will demonstrate infusing tasty spirits and use those same spirits to build the perfect cocktail, prepare a summertime crowd-pleasing pitcher of libations and a pitcher of mocktails.

Carving: Award winning Chef Doug Ganhs CEC and his amazingly talented protégés will demonstrate how to create vibrant hand carved fruit and vegetable centerpieces to brighten up your table.