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.

*The Kala Gallery is closed through January 1. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, January 2. 

Adult Classes

2018 Classes Online!

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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After School Studio

Enrollment open for 2018-2019! Kala is excited to announce that we are now offering an after school enrichment program in our San Pablo Avenue studio. This after school oasis allows kids to dive deep into the creative process. Our time together includes skill-based instruction in a variety of visual art media and free choice options including self-guided art activities, reading, games and snack. Students are encouraged to follow their own vision in applying the techniques that we are exploring together. We offer professional art materials and support each artist’s choice in media and content.

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Berkeley Civic Arts Program Open Call for Artists

Berkeley Civic Arts Program Open Call 2019 PDF

Prospectus: The Civic Center Art Exhibition celebrates the abundance of artistic production within the Berkeley community. This annual exhibition is produced through a collaboration between Kala Art Institute, the Civic Arts Commission and the Civic Arts Program. Artists will be selected by a jury to exhibit their artwork in the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia Street for approximately one year, through February of 2020.

Deadline for digital submission through Slideroom: January 14, 2019

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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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