The spirit of creativity and collaboration is alive and well at Kala as we turn our attention to re-imagining program offerings to be accessible in the midst of the pandemic.

In order to keep the creative momentum, we need to invest in artist tools and technology and remain focused on our mission of making space to make art and supporting artists. To do this, we’re kicking off a fundraising challenge for the month of September and we need your help.

Kala’s goal is to raise $60,000 by September 30th for Kala’s residencies, arts education, and public programs. We’d love your help!

Please support Kala by making your tax-deductible donation today. Many thanks and much love!

Please note, all of Kala’s youth arts programs will resume as virtual studio art experiences and classes. Please check-in for class updates. Contact Gisela, if you have any questions.

For information about artist-in-residencies and adult classes, contact Meg at

Coronavirus: Update at Kala & Resources for Bay Area artists, educators, freelancers, cultural workers, and parents.

Kala Art Institute’s mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education.

The heart of Kala’s mission as a vital, California art-making hub is supporting artists and engaging the community. Kala offers professional facilities to those working in and across printmaking and digital media, installation, sound, and performance.

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After School Studio

Enrollment for our After School Studio Online Is Now Open!
Designed for artists in grades K-5.

September 16 – December 17, 2020 (Fall)
January 5- May 27, 2021 (Spring)

Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 pm (grades 3-5)
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:45 pm (grades K-2)

In our small, online classes, we offer lots of hands-on project activities, including art lessons every day, where students explore a variety of media (drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, etc.) and themes related to the world around them. Classes are led by our amazing teaching artists who create a fun, responsive and supportive online environment for all students. Trial Days available!

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Arts Enrichment Online

Fall 2020 Arts Enrichment Online Enrollment Open!
Sign up for Kala’s fun and interactive online after school arts enrichment program designed for students in grades K-5. Classes are 12 sessions, 1 hr each.

September 17 – December 18, 2020 (Fall)

Thursdays or Fridays, 2:30-3:30 pm (grades K-5)

 Art Inside Out/ Outside In: Students will create colorful and dynamic drawings, paintings, and sculptures inspired by nature and household objects indoors and outdoors. Arte y Cultura: Folk Art from Latin America: Students explore art, color, pattern, and shapes while learning about folk art from Latin America. Trial Days available!

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Print Public Residency Program

Drew Cameron, Rags Make Paper

We are thrilled to announce that Kala’s public art residency & community engagement project Print Public has EVOLVED and is back with new funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town program.

There are two program Applications for  Print Public – Municipal Artist Residency at City of Berkeley & Public Art Project Along San Pablo Ave.

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Applications due : Sept 21st, 2020 , 11:59pm PST. Free to apply.

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Fellowship Program

Appro-propagation, James Voller and Leah Rosenberg


For over 30 years, Kala Art Institute has annual awarded artists time, space, and financial support for their work through the Kala Fellowship award. The Kala Fellowship award is an international competition open to artists from the U.S. and around the world. Artists producing innovative work in all mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards are given based on conceptual creativity, originality, and artistic excellence as well as technical knowledge.

2020 Competition
The 2020 Fellowship competition will be juried by Kala’s Artistic Director and a panel that includes one Fellowship alumni artist and one invited arts professional. Deadline: May 29, 2020

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