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.

News

Jun 10, 2021

City Announces Inaugural Poet Laureate

Today, the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division announced Ms. Ayodele Nzinga has been selected as the inaugural Oakland Poet Laureate.

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Meetings

Sep 27, 2021

9-27-21 Cultural Affairs Commission Meeting (Virtual)

Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-08-21, all members of the Cultural Affairs Commission and Cultural Affairs Division will join the meeting via phone/video conference and no teleconference locations are required. Regular meeting of the Cultural Affairs Commission on…

Oct 25, 2021

10-25-21 Cultural Affairs Commission Meeting (Virtual)

Pursuant to California Government Code section 54953(e), Cultural Affairs Commissioners, as well as City staff, will participate via phone/video conference, and no physical teleconference locations are required. Regular meeting of the Cultural Affairs Commission on October 25 at 4:0…

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About

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 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.