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.

Camp Kala

Engage in hands-on art activities while working in a professional studio environment at Kala Art Institute. Class sizes are small so everyone receives individual attention from Kala’s fabulous teaching artists and assistants. Each week offers new projects and materials culminating in a gallery exhibition and celebration of student work. Discover new creativity this summer at Camp Kala!

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Adult Classes

Kala’s adult education programs connect communities of learners. We provide unique studio opportunities that align with Kala’s overall mission to help artists sustain their creative work. Kala classes are taught by working artists and utilize our exceptional equipment. Develop a new skill, build on previous experience, or take a class just for fun! Private group instruction and tutoring sessions are also available.

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Art I Kala I 2017 Spring Gala and Auction

Kala Art Institute and Honorary Auction Chairs, Mary Austin & Brewster Kahle invite you to join us for Art I Kala I 2017, an exhibition, auction and gala benefit to support Kala’s artistic, cultural, and educational programs.

Celebrating Kala’s 43rd year, this special event brings together Kala’s creative community and features the inventive and meaningful art being made right here in the Bay Area. A two week-long exhibition in the Kala Gallery will culminate in a rousing auction and gala benefit for Kala on April 22, 2017. We are thrilled this year to honor Miriam Stahl & Lena Wolff and Barbara Foster & Jack Stone as the 2017 recipients of Kala Master Artists Award.

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Kala Storytelling Night

Kala Storytelling Night
“Just Breathe”
March 23rd, 7 pm – 9 pm

What are you just breathing about?  Politics?  Family?  Politics AND your family?  Come share a true story at Kala during this special one-night storytelling and music event.  Whether you’re a seasoned storyteller or have always wanted to try live storytelling in the vein of the Moth (no paper, no notes, just you and your amazing story) this is your chance. Submit your idea for a 7 – 10 minute story.

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Events & Performances

Kala Art Institute’s mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time and to share this work with our community through public programs. We hope that you can join us for our public programs, which are  opportunities to gain first-hand access to the practices of both local, national, and international artists working at Kala.

Calendar of Events

Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program provides accepted artists with 24-hour access to Kala’s Print Studio and Electronic Media Center. Established in 1974, Kala’s Artist-in-Residence program is geared towards providing short- and long-term communal studio space at low monthly rates to both emerging and established artists. The program has steadily grown to reach its current annual population of approximately seventy-five artists from the Bay Area and beyond.

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