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

Nov 15, 2021

Cultural Strategists Sought for City Government Projects

The Oakland Fund for Public Innovation, in partnership with the City of Oakland, invites qualified Oakland cultural practitioners to respond to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a new round of the Cultural Strategists-in-Government Program.

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Events

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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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 $1.8 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.