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 I Kala 2019 Spring Gala and Auction

Kala Art Institute and Honorary Auction Chairs Helen and John Meyer invite you to join us for Art I Kala 2019, an exhibition, auction and gala benefit to support Kala’s artistic, cultural, and educational programs. Celebrating Kala’s 45th year, this special event brings together Kala’s creative community and features the inventive and meaningful art being made in the Bay Area and beyond . A three week-long exhibition in the Kala Gallery will culminate in a rousing auction and gala benefit for Kala on April 6, 2019. We are thrilled this year to honor Masako Miki and Lava Thomas as the 2019 recipients of Kala Master Artists Award.

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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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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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