Do Art and Music Matter? We think they do.51Oakland is a non-profit charitable organization – a grass-roots community-based ‘collective’, being built organically by parents and students, teachers, principals and administrators, and involved, concerned, and caring Oakland community members…like you. Due to regular funding cuts in Oakland Schools, opportunities for our community’s youth to participate in Music and the Arts are becoming alarmingly-scarce.
Many Oakland Public Schools have no Arts or Music programs.51Oakland aims to function as a conduit – a connector to build bridges between non-profits, schools, and people, that will help keep Music and the Arts alive, vibrant, and available for every young person in Oakland. Because the teachers and principals of the OUSD play an integral role in choosing the direction of our organization, they have helped determine the agenda and goals of 51Oakland. As the result of this ongoing communication, 51Oakland has created several unique programs and events in an effort to be of the most service to the community. These include:
- Providing professional Artists-In-Residence to teach, mentor and motivate students.
- Funding a regular concert series, “Live at Yoshi’s,” featuring performances by Oakland youth. Also, giving students performing opportunities across the East Bay at Fairs & Festivals on our 51Oakland stages.
- Bringing prominent Speakers from the Art & Music Community to motivate and inspire in our Inspirational Speaker Series.
- Hosting meetings for Teachers, in an effort to create more collaboration and synergy among schools.
51Oakland is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible.