SFJAZZ Student shares story

Demi Olivia-Pacheco shared her story is an excellent example of how "kids" who are now a part of Arts for Oakland Kids' name. A Westlake eighth-grader, 13-year-old Demi shared how music has impacted her life at AOK's annual fundraiser.

"When my Mom and I were struggling, living out of a car, music kept me going," she said.

As a bassist and violinist at Westlake Middle School, Demi's wide skill range allows her to play in both the school orchestra and a jazz band. Demi has also participated in an AOK-funded program with SFJAZZ and the Oakland Public Conservatory Music Academy.