Art Education Changes Lives!
Numerous national studies show that arts education provides a major educational and achievement advantage – especially for students from marginalized communities. In fact, consistent participation in the arts has been shown to narrow or eliminate the achievement gap! Yet, 80% of Oakland public school students are being denied this advantage based on their economic circumstances, which closely correlates to race and culture. 98% of the students being denied the educational advantage of an arts education are from marginalized communities. That’s a social justice issue.
For almost 24 years, Arts for Oakland Kids has been working to remedy this injustice by providing grants for hands-on arts education in Oakland’s most financially-challenged schools. We have a bold new plan to fund weekly programs for every student who needs us – but we can’t do it without you.
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