Changing the lives of Oakland students

Empowering students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the arts is the driving force behind Arts for Oakland Kids (formerly Oakland Fund for the Arts). We award grants for hands-on, arts education programs in under-served Oakland schools.

Providing life-long learning skills

Research shows that students who have access to arts education are better at core subjects and have a lower drop-out rate and fewer disciplinary problems. Our 501(c)3 organization has awarded almost $500,000 in arts program funding since 1996.

Bringing the Arts Back To School

Since 1995, Oakland public schools have had zero public money for arts education. Your contribution helps us bring the arts Back to School in Oakland, reaching students who may otherwise be left behind.

News and Announcements

  • Mediterranean Dinner, Nov. 14!
    Our special Mediterranean dinner is back by popular demand! This year's menu returns us to our favorite part of the Mediterranean — the Mediterranean coast along the south of France into Italy. The sunlit hills of Provence along the Côte d'Azur and into the Italian Riviera and Liguria are home to some of…
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  • OFFTA becomes Arts for Oakland Kids
    Beginning its 20th year of funding arts education in under-served public schools, Oakland Fund for the Arts (OFFTA) has changed its name to Arts for Oakland Kids (AOK). Board President Laurie Pitman made the announcement at the organization's annual fundraiser, September 3, at Bocanova in Jack London Square.  Dana King served as honorary…
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  • Thanks to our 2015 Fundraiser sponsors!
    Oakland Fund for the Arts (now Arts for Oakland Kids) would like to thank everyone who contributed to our annual fundraiser at Bocanova this year! Bocanova has been a long-time partner of ours choosing to celebrate their birthday in support our organization. This is the first year that Pixar joined our group as…
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  • 2015 Grant Recipients Announced
    We are proud to announce the following grant recipients for 2015. Art@PLACE Arts and Education Program, an integrated, basic arts education program for K-5 students at PLACE at Prescott Elementary School, helps low-income students with basic problem solving and critical reasoning skills and improves self-esteem. California Poets in the Schools poet-teachers teach the…
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