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The Arts and Humanities Academy (Berkeley HS) Spring Exhibition Opening 2024

The Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) Spring Exhibition is back at Kala! Join us to  celebrate the amazing artwork created by young people at Berkeley High School in partnership with Kala’s Artist-in-Schools program.

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, February 22- Friday, March 8, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 22, 6:30-8 pm

● During their study of South Asian empires, AHA Sophomores completed a gold leafing activity using historical images from the Mughal Empire.

● AHA Juniors created quilts that investigate immigration narratives through the lens of History, Chemistry, English, and Art.

● Seniors in AP Studio Art are exhibiting a selection of their 15-piece portfolios that demonstrate an inquiry-based sustained investigation of processes and ideas through experimentation and revision.

● To culminate our study of Toni Morrison’s Sula, AP Literature &Composition students created accordion books that analyzed Morrison’s use of character foils. The books demonstrate students’ analyses both visually and textually, exploring how Morrison juxtaposes characters, themes, and motifs to ask profound questions about belonging, womanhood, and our common humanity.


About AHA and AIS
The Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) provides a unique high-level, arts-based education to a diverse group of students in grades 10-12. Creating original art requires deep learning and thinking. The exhibition at Kala showcases the powerful learning that engages our students. This exhibition allows students to share not just their finished products with parents and community members, but also to reflect on their problem-solving and perseverance during the creative process.

Kala’s Artist-in-Schools (AIS) program builds strong connections with schools and youth in grades K-12 throughout the East Bay.  Professional artists conduct residencies that are tailored to meet the needs of each school and community space by working closely with teachers and staff to develop curricula and arts activities that both challenge students and captivate non-standard learners.  Many of our projects are interdisciplinary and connect art-making with other academic disciplines.

Event Details

Date: February 22, 2024

Time: 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702