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To enhance the lives of Oakland students by funding arts education in our most under-served schools.
Arts for Oakland Kids is a 501(c)3 organization. Since 1996, we have funded 130+ art programs reaching some 17,000 OUSD students in 130+ Oakland's mostunder-served and financially challenged public schools .
We believe that the arts are essential to every child’s education and contribute to academic and personal success. We focus on innovative new programs that combine hands-on creation of art education, including visual, literary, and performance arts. We partner with schools, artists, projects, and organizations that share our vision of combining the experience of creating art with an aesthetic education. We are not program providers, but rather we accept requests for funding from artists and other program providers in the Bay Area who focus on the under-resourced K-12 student population in Oakland. We support arts education programs in Oakland that are unlikely to succeed without our aid, and that benefit communities where inadequate financial resources have limited our young peoples' access to a full range of opportunities. We work in schools where principals, teachers, and parents provide the support structure necessary to ensure an art program’s success and its eventual integration into the curriculum. Through our board liaisons, we maintain a direct relationship with the program provider throughout the term of each grant.