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

  • 2016 Grant Recipients Announced
    We're thrilled to announce AOK's 2016 grant recipients! ArrowSoul After-School Arts at Oakland Unity High School: This workshop teaches traditional and aerosol calligraphy and culminates in a series of community-inspired public murals. Arts in Action at Life Academy of Health & Bioscience and Alternatives in Action: Through digital and visual arts classes, high school youth will…
  • Benefit tickets on sale
    Purchase your tickets today for an festive evening of music, wine, and fabulous Pan-American food benefiting Arts for Oakland Kids and celebrating Bocanova's 7th birthday! Thursday, September 8 6pm - 9pm at Bocanova in Jack London Square Our popular silent auction will offer vacation venues, special-themed dinners, gift certificates to popular restaurants, show tickets,…
  • 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 In addition to wine, appetizers, and a gorgeous hilltop view of the Bay, this upcoming special event features the wonderful musicians of…
  • 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…
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