This online auction has been built around two limited-edition prints by Mel Ramos from his private collection— generously donated by the Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation. The Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation is a non-profit family foundation focused on supporting arts education programs such as scholarships, teaching artist opportunities, visual arts curriculum, youth projects, and exhibitions by and for youth. Founded by family members of the late Mel and Leta Ramos, the Foundation’s work is in keeping with the lifelong passion of Mel and Leta Ramos to support the visual arts and visual artists through art-making, teaching, and creating learning opportunities for youth and future arts leaders.
Mel Ramos is one of the founders and luminaries of the American Pop Art movement. At the first U.S. Pop Art exhibition in 1963, Pop Art, USA, Mel Ramos, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein cemented the American movement.
Radiating out from that first “Pow!” moment to today, Pop Art Continuum features exhilarating works from renowned Pop, Graphic, Graffiti, and Street Artists.
All proceeds from this auction will fund arts education grants for programs reaching students in under-resourced Oakland public schools.
Arts for Oakland Kids (AOK), is a 25-year-old, 501(c)(3) Arts Justice fund. AOK provides community-funded grants to teaching artists and arts organizations for hands-on arts education programs in Oakland’s most under-resourced public schools.
AOK’s Arts Justice work is built on the belief that access to arts education shouldn’t be based on wealth, race, or zipcode. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts in the 1990s, Oakland has a two-tiered education. 20% of Oakland’s public school students receive arts education 3-5 times per week in multiple art forms while the other 80% have little or no arts education at all. Arts Justice will be achieved when all Oakland public school students are receiving the benefits of a consistent, world-class arts education.
AOK works to address this inequity with targeted grants to teaching artists and arts organizations to provide hands-on, in-school, weekly programs. One of the ways that we raise funds for these grants is by holding quarterly, online art auctions.
All proceeds from this auction will directly fund grants.