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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Economic Development, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Urban & Community Economic Development, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of Arts for Oakland Kids is to raise money in order to encourage, develop, and fund arts education programs for K-12 kids in economically disadvantaged Oakland, California, public schools. We believe that every child''s education is enhanced by exposure to the arts.

Results: As of 2017, with grants totaling $678,000 AOK has funded 159 programs reaching nearly 22,000 kids at 83 different Oakland public schools.

Target demographics: undeserved youth in Oakland public schools who are age 4-18.

Geographic areas served: Oakland, CA

Programs: Visual, musical, literary and performing arts.

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5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a board member for about 10 years and have watched this wonderful organization grow and mature. This is our 20th anniversary and we've given over 20,000 Oakland kids a chance at hands-on art!

1 Sherie E.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We have such a need in Oakland for arts education. I've been on the Board of Directors of Oakland Fund for the Arts for almost two years, and it has opened my eyes. Kids who participate in the arts are much better students in other areas such as math and science. Yet, art programs are the first to go in school budgets. Each funding season our board struggles to choose which programs will receive funding because there are so many worthy programs and never enough money.

My challenge to you is to be part of the solution -- either by serving on the board, donating your time to mentor a child or teach the arts, or by giving money to fund school art programs. Come join us!


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with this organization one year. I love the simplicity and clarity of it's mission: to fund artists to take their programs to Oakland Public School kids in underserved communities.



Rating: 5

It was an honor and a privilege to have worked for this organization for over 3 years. The all-volunteer board is the best, most giving, and kindest group of individuals, and all are committed to the cause of promoting arts access for all.
Art IS education, and the underserved youth of Oakland are already at risk on so many levels. Oakland Fund for the Arts is a treasure for the community.

1 bsilverman

Board Member

Rating: 5

Oakland Fund for the Arts provides funding so our underserved youth have a chance to find their creative voice while building their self esteem. I've had the pleasure of witnessing first hand these programs in action and have been thrilled to see how the arts can engage even the most challenging young students.