As we all adjust to the Shelter in Place mandate, Kala’s exhibitions, residencies, and education programs are closed until the shelter in place and stay at home orders are eased. With the doors to the gallery and studio closed, Kala’s staff is working remotely and can be reached via email. Many of you have asked how you can help Kala during the closure. Here are ways to support Kala:

 – Please consider a donation of any size to help sustain Kala, cover immediate costs, and embrace a creative future together!

 – Pick a piece from the Kala auction up on Artsy and Buy It Now and/or place a bid!

Art Kala 2020 Auction artwork is available online and you can place your bid or buy it now by emailing Ellen, ellen@kala.org. Contact Mayumi at mayumi@kala.org to schedule a virtual tour of the exhibition. We are currently reimagining the auction finale now on June 27, 2020. Stay tuned for more information! 

Kala’s in-person youth arts program is suspended at this time. We will be offering virtual studio art experiences and classes to students currently registered in our programs. Please check-in for updates. Contact Gisela, gisela@kala.org if you have any questions.

For information about artist-in-residencies and adult classes, contact Meg at meghan@kala.org.

Coronavirus: Update at Kala & Resources for Bay Area artists, educators, freelancers, cultural workers, and parents.


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.

We have joined Artsy, the online art sales platform! Follow us for updates on all the latest work made by Kala artists.

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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! Camp Kala 2020 registration is now open! Extended care is available.

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Art Kala 2020 Auction Benefit

As we all work together to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have had to adapt and make changes to all of Kala’s programs. Currently, we are working to re-imagine the culmination of Kala’s auction benefit. Those of you who have tickets for April 4th, please be patient as we figure out next steps.  The auction end-date will be on June 27, 2020.

You can participate in the auction both online and throughout the auction exhibition. When the stay at home orders change, the gallery will be open by appointment. Staff will be available to help visitors with bidder numbers and bidding throughout the exhibition. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns. You can view artwork on Artsy and place your bid by emailing us.

To arrange a time to view the auction exhibition, contact Mayumi Hamanaka, mayumi@kala.org or Ellen Lake, ellen@kala.org, 510-520-6438

To place a proxy bid on auction artwork, contact Ellen Lake, ellen@kala.org

To directly support Kala through membership, donations, or sponsorships, contact Ellen Lake, ellen@kala.org

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Artist-in-Residence Program

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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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Saturday Teen Studio

Enrollment open for 2019-2020
Kala Art Institute is offering a Saturday Studio program in our San Pablo Avenue studio. The program offers a focused studio environment where middle and high school students can dive deep into the creative process. Our time together includes skill-based instruction in a variety of visual art media. Students are encouraged to follow their own vision in applying the techniques that we are exploring together. We offer professional art materials and instruction on our printmaking presses.

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