About Us

Our Impact

Bilingual Choir at MazanitaSince 1996, we have reached 20,000 kids in 80 public schools and awarded $625,000+ to artists/teachers for 150 arts programs.

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What We Do

Gear GirlsWe provide grants of up to $5,000 to teachers and artists for hands-on arts education programs in which children participate in the direct experience of creating art.

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Who We Are

ProArts-ExhibitionContinuing the legacy of Oakland Fund for the Arts, Arts for Oakland Kids is a 501(c)3 that that funds innovative, hands-on arts education programs in under-served Oakland public schools.

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More about AOK

  • Providing Grants; Building Futures
    Arts for Oakland Kids grants up to $5,000 for arts education programs in under-served Oakland public schools. We fund all…
  • Continuing the OFFTA legacy
    We carry on the 20-year legacy and reputation of Oakland Fund for the Arts (OFFTA) although we have changed our…
  • Reaching the Community
    As part of our commitment to community outreach,  Oakland Fund for the Arts (now Arts for Oakland Kids) organized its…

Where your donations go

No gift is too small

Program needs range from supplies to scholarships. Here are a few examples of what your donation to Arts for Oakland Kids provides:


Customized study guides for 30 students in 10-week art course


Fabric for 40 kids to create Afro-Brazilian dance costumes


One new unicycle for students in Prescott Circus program


Intensive art training for 15 students with professional artist


Scholarships for two students to attend summer art camp


Cost to present two community shows at performing arts theatre


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.