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 (EIN 0516759282) 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

  • AOK Benefit Brunch, Dec. 3
    Join us for a free, fun-filled brunch and fun, creative hour to learn more about AOK arts education in Oakland!  The event is: Arts for Oakland Kids Benefit Brunch Sunday, Dec 3rd, 2017 — 10:30am Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Elementary School (Although it's free, please RSVP by Nov 27) While you enjoy a delicious brunch, we’ll…
  • Online Auction starts Sept 5!
    Preview Our Auction Items From September 5 - 22, you can support AOK by bidding on items using Bidding for Good, a secure e-commerce company that enables non-profits to raise money through online auctioning. Arts for Oakland Kids relies on financial donations to fund arts programs throughout the year.  Each year, businesses and individuals graciously donate items, trips,…
  • 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. The Ensemble is also committed to helping the next generation of composers learn their craft. This year, in a program funded in…
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