Changing the lives of Oakland students

Students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the arts in school are the driving force behind Arts for Oakland Kids (formerly Oakland Fund for the Arts). We award grants for hands-on, arts education programs in under-served Oakland schools.

Providing life-long learning skills

Research shows that students who have access to arts education are better at core subjects and have a lower drop-out rate and fewer disciplinary problems. Our 501(c)3 organization has awarded $625,000+ for 150 arts programs in 80 schools since 1996.

Bringing the Arts Back To Oakland Schools

Since 1995, Oakland public schools have had zero public money for arts education. Since 1996, we've reached 20,000 kids through AOK funded programs. Your contribution helps us bring the arts Back to School in Oakland.

News and Announcements

  • Upcoming AOK Events
    AOK Exclusive Events are always a guaranteed good time and a great way to contribute to our arts programs.  Just look what's coming up! Crab Fest All you can eat crab, wine, appetizers, and dessert! January 28th Warehouse 416 416 26th St in Oakland   Pizza Boot Camp Learn how to make a pizza from…
  • Buy your tickets for the Bocanova Benefit!
    The AOK annual benefit is right around the corner, and tickets are going fast!  This year we are celebrating 20 years in Oakland schools and the 20,000 kids we've reached through program funding. Buy your tickets HERE! We're proud to announce that we have two event Gold Sponsors: Pixar and Kaiser Permanente. Wells Fargo…
  • Pixar Tour among special events for auction at Benefit
    Pixar Animation Studios is offering an behind-the-scenes tour of their Emeryville campus for eight lucky people as an auction item at Bocanova this year. In addition to an outside campus tour, winners will get a look into select departments and view concept art from Pixar's latest hit Finding Dory. A viewing of animated…
  • Watercolor Workshop at Lake Merritt
    Whether you're a life-long painter or have never picked up a brush, you're invited to participate in a watercolor workshop taught by renowned painter Bonni Carver. Proceeds will benefit AOK program funding.  Thank you to our lunch sponsor Whole Foods! Our location has changed to the beautiful Lake Merritt Boat House. Saturday, September 10th 10 am - 3…
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