Arts and Culture in Oakland

Learn about the City’s Cultural Funding Program, which provides approximately $1 million annually in grants to support the arts; the Public Art Program, which commissions and supports public art across Oakland; professional development programs for artists and arts organizations; special events support; film production permitting; and walking tours.


Feb 18, 2022

Cultural Strategists In Government Cohort Announced, Applications Still Accepted Through February 28

Following a call for qualifications in November, the Cultural Strategists-in-Government (CSIG) Program has announced the initial cohort of artists and cultural practitioners who will bring new perspectives and creative thinking to help City staff address some of Oakland’s greatest problems together with the City’s diverse communities. Four Strategists have been selected, and the application deadline for six additional project slots has been extended to Monday, February 28, at 5 p.m.

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Oct 07, 2021

First Oakland Poet Inaugural Address - Dr. Ayodele Nzinga

The City of Oakland's First Oakland Poet Laureate Inaugural Address with opening remarks from Mayor Libby Schaaf, Cultural Affairs Division Manager Roberto Bedoya and performances by prominent Bay Area artists and poets. We'll have a chance to hear Dr. Ayodele…

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The Cultural Affairs Division is housed in the City’s Economic & Workforce Development Department. The division includes the City’s Cultural Funding Program, which provides approximately $1.8 million in grants to support the arts in Oakland; the Public Art Program, which has more than $1 million in funds currently dedicated for public art installations across Oakland and staff working on special events, film production permitting and a Walking Tours program.