The heart of Kala’s mission as a vital, California art-making hub is supporting artists and engaging the community. We have multiple projects happening in our communities.

Commons Archive

Commons Archive is a creative grassroots history project organized by artist and cultural researcher Sue Mark of marksearch. With North Oakland community groups and the Golden Gate Branch Library, Commons Archive connects neighbors through stories, shared resources and celebrations.

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ReEntry Through the Arts

Kala Art Institute and Planting Justice are excited to continue collaboration to provide community engagement opportunities and art-making workshops for project participants from the Planting Justice community with support from the California Arts Council. There will be paid opportunities for Planting Justice members to participate in the visual arts workshops with lead teaching artists Kate DeCiccio, Hiroyo Kaneko and Malaya Tuyay. This series of creative workshops will be held at Planting Justice and will culminate in community celebration.

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Print Public – Municipal Artist-in-Residence

Through Print Public, Kala aims to provide a platform for artists to work on interdisciplinary projects with digital or print media while animating public space, reaching new communities, building local partnerships, and deepening neighborhood ties. Print Public has been supported by California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities, The James Irvine Foundation, UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, and the National Endowment of the Arts Our Town program.

We are thrilled to announce that Print Public has EVOLVED and is back with new funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town program. We will announce the artists for Print Public – Municipal Artist Residency at City of Berkeley & Print Public – Public Art Project Along San Pablo Ave soon. Stay tuned!

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The Bay Area Youth Storytelling Project

Kala Art Institute and Youth UpRising are excited to collaborate on a series of free youth workshops in 2021-2022.

In Reel Time: Intermediate Digital Storytelling (ONLINE)
Dates: June 23- August 4, 2021
Time: Wednesdays, 11am-12:30pm and 1:30-3pm
Ages: 13-24 years old

Classes are twice a day from 11– 12:30 am and 1- 2:30 pm with a break in between to enjoy lunch and free time.

Free! Previous enrollment in Introduction course is not necessary. All welcome!

Throughout this process, students will be able to convey their work away from a digital screen to photos on view in a physical space. Teaching artist David Lee will work alongside students to help them develop their artistic skills and share their stories in a meaningful way. David will also work with students to select artworks and/or text to create a small exhibition brochure for limited printing and/or PDF.

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