We have great news to share from our inaugural round of Rapid Response Funding. We began with 5 schools with students receiving NO arts education due to last-minute changes in funding or administration. Thanks to the Gerbode Foundation, Pixar Animation Studios, and all of you, 645 kids across 29 classrooms will now have the advantage [...]
For the last few years, we’ve talked with you at parties, in letters, and on social media about our plans for the Arts Justice Initiative. Your support and enthusiasm have meant the world; thank you! Today we’re writing to update you on an exciting shift in our strategy for the Arts Justice Initiative that will [...]
"Arts education enables children from a financially challenged background to have a more level playing field with children who have had those enrichment experiences." -Eric Cooper, National Urban Alliance for Effective Education Our world will be changed for the better when every [...]
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 years, acting as Board President for over half of that time. She contributed significantly to every aspect of the organization, especially by building the systems [...]
Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Ticket to Our Art-a-Thon! Arts for Oakland Kids is holding a fun, online, telethon-style event—the Made In Oakland Art-a-Thon—on February 6 at 7pm. Here are 5 reasons to buy a ticket. 1. The event will raise urgently needed funds for the Bay Area artists and arts organizations. These are the people who work tirelessly [...]
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Artists are Superheroes: Arts Instruction During COVID We’ve just passed the 6-month mark since the first Shelter-in-Place, and while there are many things that break my heart or infuriate me daily, one thing always brings me joy: arts and the incredible resilience of artists. I’ve been asked many times during this period, [...]
The Summer of Love (for your walls) Art Auction is now CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who placed bids and congratulations to those who walked away with beautiful works of art! 100% of the funds raised during the auction will go directly to arts education grants for arts organizations and [...]