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 almost $500,000 in arts program funding since 1996.

Bringing the Arts Back To School

Since 1995, Oakland public schools have had zero public money for arts education. Your contribution helps us bring the arts Back to School in Oakland, reaching students who may otherwise be left behind.

News and Announcements

  • Private Concert by Left Coast Chamber to benefit AOK
    AOK is excited to be partnering with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble for an exclusive Summer Solstice Concert on: Saturday, June 18, 2016 4:30 PM - 6907 Norfolk Rd Berkeley CA 94705 Admission is $75/person The concert will be performed at the home of newly-built net-zero-energy home of Board President Laurie Pitman, designed by Bay Area architect…
  • Kraken Con to donate auction proceeds to AOK!
    Support Arts for Oakland Kids (AOK) in public schools by attending Kraken Con at the Oakland Convention Center, April 23-24!  Anyone who registers at the AOK booth will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card.   Proceeds from the charity auction on Sunday, April 24, at 1pm will also go toward AOK programs!  (Thank you…
  • Join us for Crab Fest, April 23!
    Feast among an eclectic gallery showing of local artists' work at our next special event benefiting Arts for Oakland Kids! CRAB FEST 2016 Saturday, April 23rd 6:30pm - 8:30pm Warehouse 416 416 26th Street in Uptown Oakland! Admission is $75/person and includes all the crab AND all the wine, plus side dishes and…
  • AOK’s Art Fest in March!
    Students and their families are invited to participate in AOK's annual Art Fest in celebration of National Arts Education month. Art Fest will feature hands-on activities like shape mobiles, rain sticks, duct tape flowers, cartoon art, and wall murals; and will be hosted by the following two schools: World/Achieve Academy (Fruitvale) 1700 28th…
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