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.

Art Kala 2021 Auction
Place your bid on the artwork on Artsy or in the Kala gallery! No appointment needed for the regular gallery hours Tuesday-Friday, 12-5pm. For Saturday appointments, schedule your visit here.

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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.

Meet the Artist Videos
We are thrilled this year to honor Demetri Broxton, Jordan Ann Craig, and Carissa Potter as the 2021 Honored Artists. We created short videos to feature their artwork and practice. Check them out here.

Exhibition: March 11 – May 16, 2021
From March 12 – May 16th you can view and bid on the artwork on Artsy or in the Kala gallery (open Tues-Fri, noon to 5 pm and Saturdays by appointment) at 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702. No appointment needed for the regular gallery hours on Tue – Fri. For Saturday appointments, schedule your visit here.

All proceeds from this event support educational and cultural programs that directly serve artists, children, and the community-at-large.

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Adult Classes

Kala Adult Classes

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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 (OPEN ENROLLMENT UNTIL MARCH 31)
Wednesdays, 3:45- 5:45 pm
Ages: 13-24 years old
Free! Stipend!

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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Fellowship Program

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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.

2021 Competition
The 2021 Fellowship competition will be chaired by Kala’s Artist Residency Manager Meg Pohlod. The jury is made up of  Kala’s Artistic Director Mayumi Hamanaka,  Print Public alumni artist Imin Yeh, and invited Bay Area arts professional, Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson, Chief Curator of the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.

The application is OPEN for this program.  Please visit Slideroom! Application deadline: June 4th, 2021.  


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Family & Community Workshops

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Bookmaking: Family Stories and Memory (ONLINE)

Date: Saturday, April 24
Time: 1-2:30 pm

Join us for this virtual bookmaking workshop that explores themes of memory and family history. Participants will create a leporello book (accordion book), using images and motifs inspired by the personal stories of their families.

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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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