Arts for Oakland Kids

Arts for Oakland Kids Arts for Oakland Kids awards grants for hands-on arts education programs in Oakland, California’s most financially oppressed public schools.
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A huge THANK YOU to all of the artists who donated their art to this auction and partnering with us to raise funds for h...
09/16/2020

A huge THANK YOU to all of the artists who donated their art to this auction and partnering with us to raise funds for hands-on arts education for Oakland's public school students. Head over to our website www.artsforoaklandkids.org to find out more about each of the Oakland artists.

We're officially in the LAST HOUR of the online art auction! Fly over to our Summer of Love art auction before it's too ...
09/15/2020

We're officially in the LAST HOUR of the online art auction! Fly over to our Summer of Love art auction before it's too late and you miss out on the gorgeous pieces we have been highlighting on here all week, like this one by Dana Petersen title "Hummingbird, Diamond Heights, SF". Hurry to 32auctions.com/AOKSummer2020 to place your bids!

Like these cyclists, we're coming into the home stretch with only 8 hours left of our auction! 100% of the donations mad...
09/14/2020

Like these cyclists, we're coming into the home stretch with only 8 hours left of our auction! 100% of the donations made from this auction will fund arts education grants serving Oakland public school students. Place your bid at 32auctions.com/AOKSummer2020. Featured Painting: "Tour de France: Steep Climb" by Sally Landis: acrylic on canvas.

Summer is almost over and so is our art auction with only 1 day left! Bid on this photo by William McDaniels of "Yosemit...
09/13/2020

Summer is almost over and so is our art auction with only 1 day left! Bid on this photo by William McDaniels of "Yosemite Mirror Lake in Winter" and you could keep the idyllic beauty of CA in your home all year round! Place your bids quickly at www.32auctions.com/AOKSummer2020

Only 3 days left! Don't miss the chance to bid on pieces such as "Seashore at Dusk" by Jan Stamos. This piece vividly ca...
09/12/2020

Only 3 days left! Don't miss the chance to bid on pieces such as "Seashore at Dusk" by Jan Stamos. This piece vividly captures the feeling of its namesake. Bring a breath of the fresh, salty air into your home at www.32auctions.com/AOKSummer2020

Do you miss your trips to SF-MOMA? Do you dream of walking the ramps in the Guggenheim? Here's your chance to bring the ...
09/11/2020

Do you miss your trips to SF-MOMA? Do you dream of walking the ramps in the Guggenheim? Here's your chance to bring the light and renewal of abstracts into your own home with works that will intrigue your eyes for years to come.

Our auction features 10 engaging, collectible abstracts, including this painting "Creative Storm" by Mel O.

Place your bid at 32auctions.com/AOKSummer2020!

Bring light and renewal into your home with magical abstracts from AOK's Summer of Love Art Auction! Simon Tran's "Forev...
09/10/2020

Bring light and renewal into your home with magical abstracts from AOK's Summer of Love Art Auction! Simon Tran's "Forever for Now" is available for bids at www.32auctions.com/AOKSummer2020. 100% of your purchase will fund arts education grants for artists and organizations serving Oakland!

Bring a breath of fresh air inside with Damon Powell's watercolor "Cape Town Windmill" ready for your bid on our Summer ...
09/08/2020

Bring a breath of fresh air inside with Damon Powell's watercolor "Cape Town Windmill" ready for your bid on our Summer of Love art auction. Head over to 32auctions.com/AOKSummer2020 to bid now! 100% of your purchase will fund grants for arts education in Oakland's public schools!

Today's highlighted piece from our Summer of Love–For Your Walls online art auction is by Sally Landis titled "Above Tim...
09/07/2020

Today's highlighted piece from our Summer of Love–For Your Walls online art auction is by Sally Landis titled "Above Timberline: Clyde Minaret above Minaret Lake." 100% of this auction will fund arts education grants serving Oakland public school students. Enjoy a breath of fresh air! 32auctions.com/AOKSummer2020.

Have you had a chance to check out our online art auction raising funds for arts education for Oakland's kids? There are...
09/05/2020

Have you had a chance to check out our online art auction raising funds for arts education for Oakland's kids? There are over 40 collectible pieces available, including this watercolor by Sherrod Blankner titled "Tiger Tulips". Buy yourself some flowers! www.32auctions.com/AOKSummer2020

OPEN for Bids! AOK's Summer of Love Art Auction!
09/04/2020
OPEN for Bids! AOK's Summer of Love Art Auction!

OPEN for Bids! AOK's Summer of Love Art Auction!

Shake off your smokey cabin fever with a breath of fresh air for your home! 100% of proceeds will fund grants for arts education in Oakland schools!

OPEN for Bids! AOK's Summer of Love Art Auction!Imagine: you can get urgently needed arts education to the students of O...
09/01/2020

OPEN for Bids! AOK's Summer of Love Art Auction!
Imagine: you can get urgently needed arts education to the students of Oakland, and support the artists and arts organizations hit hardest by the shutdown. All you need is love—for your walls! https://www.32auctions.com/AOKsummer2020

If you have OUSD kids or teach OUSD kids (ages 4-18), there is a fun contest going on through Monday evening (8/31) and ...
08/28/2020
AOK Youth Arts Contest Deadline 8/31: Just 4 Days Left to Enter!

If you have OUSD kids or teach OUSD kids (ages 4-18), there is a fun contest going on through Monday evening (8/31) and it includes cash awards for arts programs/teachers and free computers for the artists! Open to ALL levels!

Does your kid run around the house singing nonsense-sounding songs to amuse themselves? Send them in!

Is your kid working through these mad times by writing or drawing? Send them in!

Send in youth-created Dance, Rap, Spoken Word, Songs, Monologues, Stories, and Visual Art!

100% of funds raised and spent from this contest & event are being used to support artists and art organizations! No funds spent on anything else: just a pure cash infusion into our beloved Bay Area arts community.

Click below or go to this link for more information and the submission form. https://mailchi.mp/3411358c85ce/o02i9cznr5-3086478

Dance, Rap, Songs, Spoken Word, Monologues, Stories, Visual Art: youth artists can enter up to 3 works. Teachers/organizations: enter unlimited works from your students for your chance to win up to $6,000 for your programsm/classroom!

Cash Awards & Awesome Art: AOK August Newsletter
08/21/2020
Cash Awards & Awesome Art: AOK August Newsletter

Cash Awards & Awesome Art: AOK August Newsletter

An art auction, youth arts contest, and Celebrity Art-a-Thon—AOK has lots of fun, upcoming opportunities to receive and give support for arts education serving Oakland students. AOK grants are community in action!

08/18/2020

If you know artists aged 4-18 who attend Oakland public schools, there is a youth arts contest going on for original dance, music, and writing. If the winning artists are associated with an arts program/organization/class, that program/organization/class will receive $1,000 for every winning entry up to $6,000. (The artists get cool stuff too!) The deadline for submissions has been extended to 8/31 at 8pm.

https://mailchi.mp/3411358c85ce/o02i9cznr5-3086478

A Letter from Arts for Oakland Kids
07/03/2020
A Letter from Arts for Oakland Kids

A Letter from Arts for Oakland Kids

Arts education is not "extra." Arts education is Education. Denying the profound advantage of an arts education to Oakland's students of color based on their generational wealth is structural racism. Access to arts education is a social justice issue and Arts for Oakland Kids is an Arts Justice fund...

Abstract Wednesday!! When you bid in our online art auction, you are supporting artists, arts organizations, and the kid...
05/20/2020

Abstract Wednesday!!

When you bid in our online art auction, you are supporting artists, arts organizations, and the kids of Oakland! So give your walls some love and check it out! https://www.32auctions.com/aok

The auction features 59 gorgeous works by celebrated artist, Diane Dunwoodie. Today's highlight: Diane's bold, colorful abstracts!

Our online art auction is live now through May 22 featuring 52 gorgeous, donated pieces from artist Diane Dunwoodie! All...
05/14/2020

Our online art auction is live now through May 22 featuring 52 gorgeous, donated pieces from artist Diane Dunwoodie! All proceeds will help provide grants for small arts organizations, teaching artists, and the kids of Oakland. So please join us and give your walls some love! https://www.32auctions.com/aok

Announcing AOK's 2020-2021 Project Mini-Grants. Congratulations to these exemplary artists and organizations. Thank you ...
05/07/2020
Grant Recipients and Art Auction: AOK May Newsletter

Announcing AOK's 2020-2021 Project Mini-Grants. Congratulations to these exemplary artists and organizations. Thank you for your tireless, brilliant work bringing arts education to the students of Oakland!

Letter From The Executive Director AOK Online Art Auction Announcing Our 2020-2021 Project Mini-Grant Recipients! Support AOK While You Shop

Thank you for helping to change the lives of so many Oakland kids in 2019! Here's to our New Year together!
01/18/2020
AOK January Newsletter

Thank you for helping to change the lives of so many Oakland kids in 2019! Here's to our New Year together!

Letter from the Executive Director: Life Changing Possibilities Applications closing: Due Monday 1/20 5th Annual Crab Fest: Sold Out!  

Happy New Year, everyone! Let's build something transformative this year.
01/02/2020
This is What’s Possible!

Happy New Year, everyone! Let's build something transformative this year.

I’ve talked a lot about the 80% of Oakland kids who don’t receive arts education, so I thought it might be nice to take a moment to talk about some kids from the Bay Area who do get consistent arts participation!  This summer, when AOK began reviewing national studies on the impacts of arts edu...

The Arts Heal Us
12/23/2019
The Arts Heal Us

The Arts Heal Us

I hope this finds you cozy as we head into the holidays! Earlier this month, we sent you a letter that talked about the 80% of Oakland students who get no arts education, and the ability of the arts to narrow or eliminate the achievement gap. But it isn’t all about grades and achievement. The arts...

Gifts, Grants, and CRAB! AOK December Newsletter
12/23/2019
Gifts, Grants, and CRAB! AOK December Newsletter

Gifts, Grants, and CRAB! AOK December Newsletter

Letter from the Executive Director: Why Arts Education? Application open for 2020/2021 Mini-Grants 5th Annual Crab Fest Support AOK with Amazon Smile

GRANT OPPORTUNITY: the application process is now open for the Arts for Oakland Kids (AOK) Project Mini-Grants of up to ...
12/14/2019
The Application Process

GRANT OPPORTUNITY: the application process is now open for the Arts for Oakland Kids (AOK) Project Mini-Grants of up to $5,000. Project Mini-Grants are for hands-on arts education in under-resourced, OUSD-run schools and are available to independent teaching artists, classroom teachers, schools, and arts organizations. AOK does NOT require applicants to have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, or to use a fiscal sponsor.

To learn more, visit the Application Process section of our website for instructions and links to all needed forms.

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from Arts for Oakland Kids. Applications for our Project Mini-Grants are open from December 9, 2019 – January 20, 2020. Grant recipients for the 2020-2021 school year will be notified in the first week of March, 2020. The following information is...

Arts for Oakland Kids and the students we serve are deeply grateful to the Pasker Family Charitable Fund! Together, we w...
12/13/2019
Pasker Family Charitable Fund

Arts for Oakland Kids and the students we serve are deeply grateful to the Pasker Family Charitable Fund! Together, we will address the achievement barrier that has been created by denying 80% of Oakland’s public school students access to a consistent arts education. Thank you for leading the way, Mr. Pasker!

This week, PFCF made the first installment of a four-year grant to Art for Oakland Kids which provides funding for hands-on arts education to Oakland, CA's most financially-challenged schools. Arts for Oakland Kids
https://artsforoaklandkids.org

Arts for Oakland Kids's cover photo
06/08/2019

Arts for Oakland Kids's cover photo

Please welcome our new Executive Director Gwen Loeb!  We are excited to have you on board, Gwen :-)
06/08/2019

Please welcome our new Executive Director Gwen Loeb! We are excited to have you on board, Gwen :-)

Art Fest is back! Join us for the 5th annual FREE celebration of art as we provide hands-on projects for kids and their ...
04/12/2019

Art Fest is back! Join us for the 5th annual FREE celebration of art as we provide hands-on projects for kids and their families:
http://bit.ly/AOK2019artfest

Arts for Oakland Kids's cover photo
04/12/2019

Arts for Oakland Kids's cover photo

02/28/2019

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our kids on Saturday. The event was amazing!

Arts for Oakland Kids stands in support of Oakland teachers. We believe that quality learning within the Oakland Unified...
02/22/2019

Arts for Oakland Kids stands in support of Oakland teachers. We believe that quality learning within the Oakland Unified School District depends on enduring relationships between schools and communities and ongoing collaborations between classroom teachers and community educators. It is in this spirit of cooperation that we support the teachers of Oakland as they work to ensure strong and vibrant school communities for Oakland young people. (In alignment with Oakland Unified Arts Partners)

02/04/2019

Experience the joy of Oakland arts education at Sankofa Academy on Saturday, 2/23 starting at 10:30. We’ll be joined by young performers from Prescott Circus Theatre, Sankofa String Orchestra, and Oakland Youth Chorus who will show us how arts education makes kids better more engaged students.

This is AOK’s second annual FREE brunch and we will showcase some of the great programs we fund.

We'd love to have you join us!

To find out more, visit http://bit.ly/ABCsOfAOK

This event will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 23.
02/04/2019

This event will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 23.

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Founded in 1996, Arts for Oakland Kids (AOK) is a 501(c)(3) arts justice fund. AOK raises funds to provide grants to arts organizations, independent teaching artists, and classroom teachers for hands-on arts education in Oakland’s most financially oppressed public schools.

During the budget crisis in the 1990s, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) cut all arts funding from its schools. That action created a two-tiered public education in Oakland and educational barriers for the majority of Oakland's students of color.

Numerous national studies show that consistent participation in the arts is key to successful educational outcomes. Students with consistent participation in the arts are 5 times more likely to graduate and 3.5 times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree. Consistent participation in the arts has such a powerful impact on social, emotional, and intellectual development that it significantly narrows or eliminates the academic achievement gap. While arts participation is important for all students, the outcomes are especially powerful for students from marginalized or oppressed communities.

White students are only 10% of the OUSD population but are now 60% of the population that receives consistent, in-school arts participation. White families utilize their disproportionate access to generational wealth to fund as much as $800,000+ per year for arts education through their PTAs.

Roughly 40,000 OUSD students per year—98% of whom are students of color—attend schools without any PTAs, or PTAs that are only able to raise $3,000 or less per year. These students receive little or no consistent arts participation.

For over 25 years, Arts for Oakland Kids has worked to remedy this injustice by funding grants for arts education in Oakland’s most financially oppressed public schools.

https://artsforoaklandkids.org

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