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

  • Join us at Bocanova, July 30
    Join Arts for Oakland Kids on Sunday, July 30, as we bid farewell to Bocanova on their last evening at Jack London Square. For 8 years, Bocanova has hosted Arts for Oakland Kids’ annual fall benefit, and although we will miss this beautiful space, we are excited to hear more about Bocanova relocating to…
  • Grant applications due April 15
    Grant applications for the 2017-18 school year are due on April 15.  Grants are available for up to $5,000 for hands-on arts education programs in the Oakland, California, public schools. Programs must be: Hands-on arts education programs in which children participate in the direct experience of creating art. Supported by the school principal…
  • Left Coast Chamber to showcase master students at OSA event, April 12
    Left Coast Chamber Ensemble is well-known for its support of contemporary composers and new music. Each year, the Ensemble commissions and performs several new works and holds an international composition contest. This year, in a program funded in part by Arts for Oakland Kids, members of the Ensemble are teaching composition to a…
  • 2017 Art Fest attracts 250 students, families
    More than 250 students and their families participated in AOK's 3rd annual Art Fest at World/Achieve Academy in Oakland on March 25. Some 150 students were first-timers with kids attending from 14 different schools.
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