We are delighted to present the recipients of the 2021-2022 Arts for Oakland Kids Project Mini-Grants and the inaugural winner of the Laurie Pitman Award! This is the largest pool of grantees in AOK’s 25 year history. $91,000 in grants will fund 19 arts education programs serving TK-12 students across Oakland. We extend our heartfelt gratitude and admiration to the talented, dedicated artists and organizations that reach Oakland’s kids every day with life changing arts education. 

Thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place.

Funded by Debra Coggins and John Kikuchi

Chapter 510 Ink

Funded by Anonymous Friends

Living Jazz

Funded in Partnership with an Anonymous Friend

Oakland Children’s Fairyland

Funded by Kathy Roberts and Aaron Loeb

Prescott Circus Theatre

Funded in Partnership with an Anonymous Friend

The Crucible

Funded in Partnership with Sally Landis and Michael White

The TOaG Quartet

2021 Laurie Pitman Award Winners

Word for Word & Z Space

Funded by Debra Coggins and John Kikuchi

Youth Beat

Funded by Dr. Janice Azebu and Ms. Diane Dunwoodie

Arts education is not “extra.” Arts education is education!

“Arts in schools is a child’s right.

They are not a luxury,

they are a necessity.”

-Mayor Libby Schaaf

Numerous national studies show that consistent participation in the arts has such a powerful impact on social, emotional, and intellectual development that it can significantly narrow or eliminate the achievement gap. Yet 80% of Oakland’s students—98% of whom are students of color—are denied the advantage of an arts education based on their access to generational wealth. Wealth disparities in communities of color are directly tied to institutionalized oppression. Denying students of color the profound advantage of an arts education based on their generational wealth is structural racism.

Access to arts education is a social justice issue, and Arts for Oakland Kids is an Arts Justice Fund.

For 25 years, Arts for Oakland Kids has been working to remedy this injustice by providing grants to arts organizations and independent artists to provide hands-on arts education in Oakland’s financially-oppressed schools, but we can’t do it without you

Your contributions to Arts for Oakland Kids (AOK) will ensure that Oakland’s students of color receive the exemplary arts education they deserve.

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Introducing the Laurie Pitman Award!

AOK is proud to introduce a special new annual $5,000 award, named after long-standing AOK Board member Laurie Pitman. Laurie served on our Board for 15 [...]

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