Our motivation

51Oakland is a non-profit that is committed to building the opportunity for ALL of Oakland’s youth to have access to culturally vibrant Art and Music programming across all schools in the district. We exist because we believe that access to Art and Music is a critical (and often overlooked) element in a young person’s right to an education. Developing the whole child includes providing consistent opportunities to access the creative and communal benefits of arts and music, therapeutic support for our most under-served students, and skills that contribute to a healthy and successful life throughout school and beyond.

Do Art and Music Matter?  We think they do.

51Oakland is a non-profit charitable organizationYoung Painter – 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.
Each of these efforts have shown an immediate, positive impact. But these worthwhile and important projects require your support to continue to thrive and grow. You are an important part of this story. Without your help, many Oakland Youth will never experience the gifts of Art & Music. The ability to make a real difference is in our hands.  


51Oakland is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible.