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

Jun 07, 2021

June 7, 2021 Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) Meeting

Public Art Advisory Committee Regular Meeting Monday, June 7, 2021 5:30 - 7:30 pm Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-29-20, all members of the Public Art Advisory Committee and Cultural Affairs Division will join the meeting via phone/video conference…

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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.