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 is excited to participate in the West Coast Print Fair online from January 22 – February 11, 2021.

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Art Kala 2021 Auction Benefit


Kala Art Institute and Honorary Auction Chairs Jeremy Stone and Craig Nagasawa invite you to join us for Art Kala 2021, an exhibition, auction and benefit to support Kala’s artistic, cultural, and educational programs.

Art Kala opens on Thursday, March 11 with All Day VIP Access Preview, 12-8pm.

Purchase a Patron Membership for $300 and receive two tickets to view the art on Thursday, March 11th, before the show goes on Artsy on March 12. Purchase a single VIP ticket for $150 and receive the same access. In order to maintain social distancing, tickets will be for timed entry — we will coordinate timing with you upon ticket purchase.

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Art Kala 2021
Exhibition: March 11 – May 16, 2021

Kala Gallery will be open by appointment during the exhibition.

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Adult Classes

Kala Adult Classes

Join as a member and save 10%!

We are so excited to offer new online adult workshops! We are working on creating more online classes and programming for our winter season. Stay tuned for more information! We are also rolling out new sliding scale and sponsored enrollment options.

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Teen Studio

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Teen Studio – March & April Classes
Register now for new and exciting Teen Studio Online class!

In Reel Time: Intro to Digital Storytelling
Dates: March 10- May 26, 2021
Wednesdays, 3-5pm
Ages: 13-24 years old
Free! Stipend!

Drawing the Figure: Experimenting with Graphite & Ink (Online)
Dates: March 27, April 3, April 10
Saturdays, 1-4 pm

Linoleum Block Printing: Transfer, Carve, and Print (Online)
Dates: April 14, 21, 28
Wednesdays, 4-6pm

Watercolor Painting: Layers, Edges, and Effects (Online)
Dates: April 17, 21, May 1
Saturdays, 1-3 pm

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Family & Community Workshops

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Needle & Thread: Designing with Embroidery

Dates: March 20, 27, April 2
Saturdays, 11:00- 12:30 pm

Join us for this intergenerational, three-session virtual embroidery workshop!

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After School Programs

Enroll in Kala’s Spring After School Programs Online Today!

Partake in fun, interactive, and virtual art making experiences designed for young artists in K-5th grades. Trial Days available. Tuition assistance available.

After School Studio: Ongoing Enrollment
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:45 pm: Grades K-2
Wednesdays,  4:00- 5:30 pm: Grades 3-5

Arts Enrichment- Arte y Cultura: Ongoing Enrollment
Fridays, 2:30- 3:45 pm: Grades K-5

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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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Veterans Residency Program

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Kala’s Veteran Artist-in-Residence (AIR) and Exhibition program will provide four California artists with a six-month residency with 24/7 access to Kala’s state-of-the-art technical facilities, along with the opportunity to produce work in collaboration with Kala programs, including an exhibition in the Kala gallery. Veteran artists producing innovative work in all mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are encouraged to apply.

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