AOK’s 6th Annual Crab Fest!


Our Crab Fest is back and we are so excited to be able to crack crab with you again! Tickets are $100 and all proceeds will immediately fund grants for arts education. Your delicious evening will directly result in the Arts Advantage for Oakland's kids! To keep everyone as safe as possible, proof of [...]

Sally Landis Looks Back at AOK’s 25 Years: Jan 2022


We're humbled, once again, by the generosity of the AOK community. Thank you for your year-end outpouring of support for this community-funded effort. There are currently 22 AOK grant recipients teaching arts education in 28 Oakland public schools; they are reaching 2,400 students with the life-changing power of a consistent arts education. Those 2,400 Oakland [...]

Youth Arts Contest


13-year-old Oakland artist reading from her new collection of poems, This World is Going to Change at the Chapter 510 Annual Children’s Summer Book Fair. Youth Arts Contest On October 24, Arts for Oakland Kids will be hosting the Made In Oakland Art-a-Thon. During this telethon style online event, celebrities and dignitaries will [...]

Truth, Justice, and Reparations: AOK June Newsletter


Truth, Justice, and Reparations: AOK June Newsletter We hope this finds you all well. As instigators and participants in the vital anti-racist work that must be done, the Board and staff of AOK are dedicating this newsletter to a more in-depth look at: Truth as an Opportunity, the 4 Pillars of Transitional Justice, Arts Education as Reparations, and AOK's Arts Justice Initiative. Thank you for [...]

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 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 [...]

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 consistent, weekly arts education for every student in Oakland’s most under-resourced public schools. Funding for comprehensive arts education for every student, every week in one [...]

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