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Youth Arts

I have learned to push myself to achieve things that I didn't think were possible, and overall learn what a great artist I am.
      - Brianna G., Skyline High School

About Youth Arts

Youth Arts provides in-depth artist residencies in underserved public schools filling gaps in limited arts programming and nurturing creativity in youth.


Youth Fellows:
Fremont High, Oakland High, Oakland Unity High, Skyline High, Lighthouse Community Charter

Arts Integration Residencies:
Alliance Academy, Elmhurst Community Prep, Sankofa Academy

Transitional Kindergarten Arts-Integration Program (TKAP):
CUES, Emerson, Greenleaf, Laurel, Markham, Martin Luther King Jr.

My teachers were very helpful; they have completely changed my life and given me the tools to draw, paint, and think better.
      - Wendy M., Lighthouse Community Charter School

Youth Fellows (High School)

Youth Fellows integrates arts education, exhibition opportunities, professional arts training and youth development in five Oakland High Schools. Since 2007, the program has connected over 350 youth with professional artists.

Students are exposed to quality arts experiences, hand-on art-making, creative artistic processes, and professional artistic practices that further enhances school curriculum. Participation includes small-group mentoring sessions with professional artists, exhibition, inclusion in the Directory of East Bay Arts, art supplies, an artist web page and extended opportunities to connect to professional and community-based networks and services in the arts.

Art makes me feel empowered. With art, there are infinite things you can do... With art there are endless possibilities to learn and be challenged.
      - Jessica A., Oakland High School

Arts Integration Residencies (Elementary and Middle Schools)

Arts Integration Residencies (Grades TK 8) introduce art-making processes with an emphasis on collaborative teaching. Residencies bring artistic practices to educators to create a dynamic, collaborative culture of learning for teachers and students.

Elementary Arts Integration Residencies are collaborative efforts bringing teaching artists and classroom teachers together to enhance curriculum. Residencies run 10 sessions per class over one semester.

Middle school residencies in-school and after-school begin with the start of the Fall semester and run through the academic year.

I enjoyed this wonderful experience and excellent opportunity you have given me. Now I have a direction and an idea of what I want to do for my career.
      - Manuel M., Lighthouse Community Charter School

Transitional Kindergarten Arts Program (TKAP)

Oakland Rotary champions TK classrooms by creating powerful partnerships between teachers, students and teaching artists. Through Oakland Rotary support, Pro Arts provides teacher training for TK teachers and pilots a year-long TK artist residency at six school sites as well as district-wide TK/Pre-K professional development to accompany STEM curriculum.

Special thanks to Oakland Rotary #3 for its leadership to innovate and support all Oakland TK classrooms, and its KinderPrep project volunteers.

The beautiful thing about art is that it can never be defined into one definition; everyone has their own interpretation of what they call art.
      - Allie C., Oakland High School