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Students I thought would never step up, stepped up. The student who argued with me every day, and who is grieving the death of a sibling, ended up stage-managing her scene-mates. The student who had cut my class for most of the first marking period, came to class for every rehearsal. The student who lost…Teacher Oakland High School
The painting of the portraits was my favorite part of this process because it was a challenge that I felt successful in, and I got to spend time staring into my mother's eyes and reflect on what I had learned about her.8th grade student ASCEND Middle School
It was extraordinary to teach 60+ students foundational animation techniques....students seemed to glow with professionalism...(they) were able to successfully engage with the assignments, work in teams, and create solely from their imaginations new worlds, characters, and stories.Artist-in-resident Whittier Elementary School
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- Arts for Oakland Kids grants up to $5,000 for arts education programs in under-served Oakland public schools. We fund all…
- We carry on the 20-year legacy and reputation of Oakland Fund for the Arts (OFFTA) although we have changed our…
- As part of our commitment to community outreach, Oakland Fund for the Arts (now Arts for Oakland Kids) organized its…
Other ways to give
Host a special event
Our donors are our heroes. We have individual supporters who host special-themed dinners in their homes, and business owners like the New Parkway Theatre and Sports Basement who set aside an evening in our honor and donate their proceeds to us. Have an idea?
Donate your time
We have so many opportunities for you to volunteer! You can help us at fundraising or community events (like ArtFest), stuffing envelopes or running errands. Or join us on a site visit! And nothing will inspire you more than seeing our programs in action. Give as much or as little time as you can.
Donate an auction item
We depend on our donors to provide us with gift certificates, in-kind services and items that we can auction at our annual event. Without those gifts, we would not be able to earn the dollars to fund our programs.