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.

Kala Art Institute is located in Huichin, the home territory of Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people, on unceded Lisjan Ohlone land. Read more.

Fund For The Future

As Kala’s 50th anniversary approaches (1974-2024), we’re ready to celebrate this special occasion raising $250,000 to support Kala’s core programs – artist residencies, arts education, exhibitions and public programs and creating the FUND FOR THE FUTURE to raise an additional $250,000 for capacity building, renovating art-making space, and buying new equipment.

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Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program provides accepted artists with 24-hour access to Kala’s print studio, digital lab, darkroom, and art-making facilities. Established in 1974, Kala’s Artist-in-Residence program is geared towards providing short- and long-term shared studio space at subsidized, low monthly rates to both emerging and established artists. The program has steadily grown to reach its current annual population of 150 + artists from the Bay Area and beyond.

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Teen Studio Art Program (6-12th)

Kala Teen studio.


⊕ Teen Studio After School Art: Ending Dec 6, 4-6:30pm
⊕ Watercolor illustration 101: Nov 2- Nov 30, 4-5:30pm
⊕ Drawing Exploration: Nov 28- Dec 12, 4-6pm
⊕ Zines for Teens Workshop: Dec 8, 1-3pm
⊕ Printmaking Holiday Cards, Dec 7- Dec 14, 4-5:30pm
⊕ Drawing for Teens (Winter), Jan 16 – March 12, 4-5:30pm
⊕ Teen Studio After School (Winter), Jan 17, 2024 — March 20, 4:30-6:30pm
⊕ Teen Studio Trial Days

10% multi-session / sibling discount and *tuition assistance available

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After School Program (1st-5th)

After School Studio program

After School Studio is a fun, interactive art-making experience designed for young artists in Grades 1-5.

2024 Spring Classes open now!

⊕ Tuesdays, Jan 9- May 21, 2024, 2:45-5:30 pm
⊕ Thursdays, Jan 11- May 23, 2024, 2:45-5:30 pm

10% Multi-child / Multi-session Discount / Sliding Scale / Tuition- Assistance

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Adult Art Classes

January – June 2024 art classes are open for registration ! Members Receive 10% Off

We have an exciting assortment of in-person classes ranging from printmaking to photography, painting and drawing, and more!

We want to hear from you! What do you want to learn? Take this survey and LET US KNOW!

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