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AOK Online Art Auction: May 7-22

2020-05-07T04:23:08-07:00

Tired of staring at your home’s same old walls during this shelter-in-place? Here’s your chance to give those walls some love while also supporting arts education in Oakland. AOK invites you to participate in our first online art auction, benefitting the artists and organizations that provide arts education in Oakland’s most financially [...]

Announcing Our 2020-2021 Project Mini-Grant Recipients!

2020-05-07T04:43:59-07:00

Congratulations to this year's Arts for Oakland Kids Project Mini-Grant recipients! We extend our heartfelt gratitude and admiration to the tireless, brilliant artists and organizations that reach Oakland's kids every day with life changing arts education. Thank you for all that you do in this world! Your contributions help [...]

Thank You to our Crab Fest Sponsors!

2020-05-07T05:20:27-07:00

We want to extend a special thanks to our wonderful Crab Fest sponsors, L'Objet Wines and Firebrand Artisan Breads! By donating their wines and breads, a greater percentage of our ticket sales could go directly to arts education. We heartily recommend both of these businesses because their products are delicious and [...]

Crab Fest January 25!

2020-04-27T10:44:22-07:00

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 – 9:00 PM PST Add to Calendar Location Warehouse416 416 26th Street Oakland, CA 94612 View Map We supply everything: all you can eat crab and [...]

Grant Application period opens December 9

2020-04-27T10:42:28-07:00

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 schools, classroom teachers, independent teaching artists, and arts organizations. The Application Form is now available online. To view programs we have already funded, please review [...]

Meet our Newest Board Members

2019-12-09T00:36:19-07:00

Anthony Galace Anthony’s passion for advocacy lies at the nexus of public policy, health equity, and racial justice. He currently serves as the Director of Health Equity with The Greenlining Institute, where he works to improve local and state policies to address racial and ethnic health disparities. Anthony previously served as the Chair of the [...]

AOK welcomes new board members

2019-12-09T00:37:05-07:00

AOK welcomes new board members AOK is happy to announce the appointment of three new members to our board of directors: Carmen Bogan, Diane Dunwoodie, and Lauran Weinmann. The growth of our board brings new opportunities, skills, and leadership to AOK, and strengthens our community ties. Carmen Bogan Carmen is founder and CEO of the Bogan [...]

AOK welcomes Executive Director Gwen Loeb

2019-06-16T15:36:34-07:00

A message from our new Executive Director Gwen Loeb It is an honor to be joining AOK. I am deeply committed to the mission, in part because I want to pay forward the arts education I was privileged to receive throughout my youth. In my art-based preschool, I learned to read music before I could [...]

ABCs of AOK Brunch, February 23

2019-02-02T15:48:33-07:00

ABCs of AOK Brunch! Join AOK on Saturday, February 23, for a casual brunch at Sankofa Elementary School to learn about the value of arts education and AOK-funded programs.  Students from Prescott Circus Theatre, Sankofa String Orchestra, and Oakland Youth Chorus perform, and you will even get to make your own art! The event is [...]

Grant Cycle Moves to Dec 1 – Jan 21

2019-06-16T15:37:19-07:00

We are moving our annual grants cycle to better align with OUSD's budget calendar. Our grant cycle for 2019/2020 will open on December 1st, and applications will be due January 21st. Grant recipients will be announced March 1st, 2019. To assist our applicants, we are inviting principals, teachers, artists, parent group leaders, and other arts education organizations to an AOK [...]