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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News & Events

812, 2019

Grant Application period opens December 9

Application Period for 2020/2021 Mini-Grants Now Open AOK is accepting applications for our Project Mini-Grants as of December 9, 2019. AOK’s Project Mini-Grants range from $2,500-$5,000 and are available to [...]

812, 2019

Crab Fest January 25!

Enjoy unlimited crab and wine at AOK’s Annual Crab Feast, January 25.  The event is scheduled for: Date And Time Sat, January 25, 2020 6:00 PM – [...]

2711, 2019

Gerbode Foundation donates $30,000

AOK is grateful to announce that the Wallace and Alexander Gerbode Foundation was the very first to invest in AOK’s new Arts Justice Initiative! AOK’s Arts Justice Initiative is designed to fund [...]