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

  • Students, families invited to AOK’s Art Fest, March 25
    Oakland students, families and friends are invited to participate in AOK's 3rd annual Art Fest at World/Achieve Academy in Oakland on March 25 from 11am-2pm. The event will feature fun hands-on art projects designed by local artists. Come sculpt with clay, paint a mural, create a colorful kaleidoscope and more! Safeway Foundation is underwriting the event…
  • Mix, Mingle and Paint for AOK
    Mixed Paint is a series of semi-formal events showcasing the art of specially selected artists, both emerging and established. Socialize with fellow art-lovers and enjoy music, cocktails, appetizers, and the interactive element — a large canvas available for guests to contribute their creativity! A portion of proceeds will benefit AOK. Friday, February 10th, 7-10pm The Neyborly…
  • New Parkway Theater partners with AOK
    Want to support our arts education programs while watching a great film from a comfy couch with delicious beer, food, and friends? This month we're partnering with the New Parkway Theater's Karma Cinema program. On Wednesday nights during February, pay what you want for your ticket and the New Parkway will donate 20% of…
  • Buy tickets for Crab Fest before January 16!
    Our popular all-you-can-eat Crab Fest is coming up so save your spot by January 16!   You won't just get all the crab you can eat, but unlimited wine, side dishes and dessert. The event is:   January 28, 2017 6:00 PM Warehouse 416 - 416 26th St Buy your tickets here!
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