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.

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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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.

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Print Public Residency Program

Print Public Residency Program

From its founding days, Kala was envisioned as a place where people gather to exchange creative ideas and share technology and tools. Expanding on this idea, Print Public takes print media and socially engaged art projects and meets people where they are, on the street, at bus stops, markets, and in the neighborhood, connecting artists and the community. Through Print Public, Kala aims to provide opportunities for artists to work on interdisciplinary projects with digital or print media while animating public space, reaching new communities, building local partnerships, and deepening neighborhood ties. Print Public is supported, in part, by the California Arts CouncilJames Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program, and UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund.

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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 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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