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.

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Meetings

Sep 14, 2020

9-14-20 PAAC Meeting

Public Art Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda for September 14, 2020 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 and no teleconference locations…
Aug 03, 2020

8-3-20 Public Art Advisory Committee Meeting

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 and no teleconference locations are required. Please click the link below to join the…
Jul 27, 2020

7-27-20 Cultural Affairs Commission Meeting

Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-29-20, 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. Please click the link below to join the webinar…

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News

Feb 19, 2020

Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission Re-Established

Last night, the Oakland City Council confirmed Mayor Libby Schaaf’s appointments to the Cultural Affairs Commission. The Commission is an advisory council to the Mayor, City Council and City Administrator on all matters affecting cultural development in Oakland. The Commission members’ primary role and responsibility will be to act as ambassadors and advocates for arts and culture in Oakland.

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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 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.