• Arts Incentive Grant 2025 Awarded School Programs
    - Scroll Below for Each School's AIG 2025 Program Overview -  

      OUSD School School Board of Directors Area ARTS DISCIPLINE Community Based Organization
      Allendale Elementary School 4 VISUAL ARTS Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.
      Bret Harte Middle School 4 MEDIA ARTS, VISUAL ARTS Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.
      Castlemont High School 7 MAKER EDUCATION, VISUAL ARTS The Crucible
      Cleveland Elementary School 2 DANCE, MUSIC, VOCAL MUSIC Living Jazz
      East Oakland Pride Elementary School 6 VISUAL ARTS Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA)
      Elmhurst United Middle School 7 DANCE, MUSIC, VOCAL MUSIC Elevate Oakland
      Emerson Elementary School 1 MAKER EDUCATION, VISUAL ARTS Junior Center of Art and Science
      EnCompass Academy 7 MAKER EDUCATION, MEDIA ARTS, MUSIC, VOCAL MUSIC Alternative Minds Foundation/Hip Learning
      Franklin Elementary 2 MULTIDISCIPLINARY Junior Center of Art and Science
      Garfield Elementary 2 DANCE Destiny Arts Center
      Grass Valley Elementary 7 DANCE Luna Dance Institute
      Hoover Elementary School 3 VISUAL ARTS Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.
      La Escuelita 2 VOCAL MUSIC Cantare Con Vivo
      Madison Park Academy 7 SPOKEN WORD POETRY Youth Speaks
      Manzanita Community School 5 MULTIDISCIPLINARY Destiny Arts Center
      McClymonds High School 3 INDUSTRIAL ARTS The Crucible
      Oakland Academy of Knowledge 6 DANCE Destiny Arts Center
      Peralta Elementary School 1 DRAMA, MULTIDISCIPLINARY American Conservatory Theater
      Prescott Elementary School 3 DANCE, MUSIC Destiny Arts Center
      Roosevelt Middle School 2 MEDIA ARTS, MUSIC, VOCAL MUSIC Yeah, Art!
      Rudsdale Continuation School 6 MAKER EDUCATION, VISUAL ARTS, MULTIDISCIPLINARY The Crucible
      Sankofa United Elementary School 1 VISUAL ARTS Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA)
      Skyline High School 6 DRAMA, MULTIDISCIPLINARY, California Shakespeare Theater (CAL SHAKES)
      United For Success Academy 5 SPOKEN WORD POETRY Youth Speaks
      Urban Promise Academy 5 MEDIA ARTS Bay Area Video Coalition & Reel Stories
      West Oakland Middle School 3 MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.

     


    Allendale Elementary School

    Number of Students Who Will Directly Participate in this Program: 400

    Community Arts Partner: Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.


    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Allendale Elementary envisions an arts-based education program model incorporated into the general curriculum which will compliment and advance the learning effectiveness in science, math and literacy instruction. Classes will be taught by an Artist in Residence Instructor collaboratively planning with our Teacher team. This process will foster a sense of legacy by connecting students to their cultures, addressing social and emotional needs that have been deeply impacted by COVID as well as addressing the inclusion needs of our English Language Learners, students with disabilities and newcomers.


    Bret Harte Middle School

    Number of Students Who Will Directly Participate in this Program: 200

    Community Arts Partner: Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.

     

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Bret Harte Middle School and AHC enjoy a shared vision of understanding the value of preserving the past to build the future, and using the tools today to fashion tomorrow. The project of the Elder Portraits does just that. Students from diverse cultures, newcomers and ELL will have the opportunity to better understand the caring ties that bind them together using visual and media skills. The project process will also teach real world transferable career skills in film making, design presentations and research, not to mention the opportunity to deepen personal relationships within families and break down walls in communities. We want our students to remember the shoulders they stand on as they become the designers of the new world vision.


    Castlemont High School

    Number of Students Who Will Directly Participate in this Program: 250

    Community Arts Partner: The Crucible

     

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    The Crucible will provide valuable instructor support for the reestablishment of the Castlemont Woodshop along with providing hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of industrial art disciplines which include maker education, digital fabrication, welding, glass blowing, ceramics, and textiles. The Crucible will focus on bringing their studios to us with the use of ERV, their Educational Response Vehicle. Students participating will also have opportunities once a semester to attend scheduled workshop days at The Crucible facility.


    Cleveland Elementary School

    Number of Students Who Will Directly Participate in this Program: 135

    Community Arts Partner: Living Jazz

     

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Cleveland Elementary will continue a close partnership with Living Jazz (LJ) that teaches music fundamentals in the context of social justice and the cultural underpinnings of jazz. The two-part sequential Living Jazz Children’s Project (LJCP) features choral and rhythm classes for 2nd and 3rd graders that help prepare them for the District’s instrumental music program in 4th grade. LJCP creates a joyous learning environment that promotes social and emotional learning and strengthens Cleveland’s values, school community, and cultural cohesion. Students perform at school assemblies and in a high-profile Dr. King Jr. tribute concert with their OUSD peers for family members, friends, and the general public.


    East Oakland PRIDE Elementary School

    Number of Students Who Will Directly Participate in this Program: 320

    Community Arts Partner: Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA)


    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    East Oakland PRIDE proposes to expand our arts education partnership with the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) over the next three years to support inclusion, cultural legacy, and teacher development opportunities for our school community. The Arts Incentive Grant will allow all of our K through fifth grade students to experience quality visual arts classes taught by teaching artists. In addition, these arts classes will act as demo lessons for classroom teachers, as they will observe and participate in the classes so that they may implement the lessons in their future teaching practice.


    Elmhurst United Middle School

    Number of Students Who Will Directly Participate in this Program: 125

    Community Arts Partner: Elevate Oakland

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Elmhurst United would like to utilize this grant to deepen and expand its existing partnership with Elevate Oakland by establishing an Artists in Residence program for students participating in musical performing arts. This program will be rooted in a curriculum developed through a collaborative process between the Elmhurst music instructor and 3-4 Elevate Oakland Resident Artists who will be embedded in the classroom throughout the school year, offering dynamic and hands-on music instruction during the school day. Areas of instrumental focus will include keyboard, guitar and percussion spanning a variety of musical genres and incorporating movement arts and vocal performance where appropriate.


    Emerson Elementary School

    Number of Students Who Will Directly Participate in this Program: 150

    Community Arts Partner: Junior Center of Art and Science

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Emerson Elementary School, a Title 1 school in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, will expand its creative education partnership with Junior Center of Art and Science (JCAS) to ensure all students have access to sustained arts learning. We developed our AIG 2025 program specifically for K-2 visual arts, as a way to both scaffold visual arts learning and be  developmentally responsive. Open-ended lessons will focus on both process and product to build confidence with craft and equipment while encouraging inventiveness and risk-taking. Students will engage in varied visual arts forms, allowing broad access for multiple learning styles. Our program includes 20 weekly lessons in each of six Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms, engaging 150 students over the school year.


    EnCompass Academy

    Number of Students Who Will Directly Participate in this Program: 300

    Community Arts Partner: Alternative Minds Foundation/Hip Learning

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    “How can we design educational experiences that are affirming, liberatory, & transformational so that students achieve academic and personal excellence?” This Driving Question for EnCompass Academy, an east Oakland Title 1 school, leads us to seek a 3-year AIG grant with Alternative Minds Foundation/Hip Learning to teach vocal music integrated with ethnic studies, media literacy, storytelling, songwriting, and performance (grades 3-5), and with language, literacy, and math foundational skills (grades K-2). Our partner will support our Learning Exhibition, schoolwide Community Meetings, and provide a weekly afterschool music lab for experimentation, inspiration, and mentorship for student musicians wanting more support.


    Franklin Elementary School

    Number of Students Who Will Directly Participate in this Program: 160

    Community Arts Partner: Junior Center of Art and Science

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Franklin Elementary School, located in Oakland's San Antonio-Eastlake neighborhood, will expand its creative education partnership with Junior Center of Art and Science (JCAS) to ensure all 4th and 5th grade students have access to sustained, multidisciplinary arts learning. We envision creating inquiry-based, inclusive classrooms that allow students to comfortably make mistakes, experiment and grow. Expanding the program to include rising fourth and fifth grade students will deepen the impact(s) across the broader school community.


    Garfield Elementary School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 250

    Community Arts Partner: Destiny Arts Center

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Garfield Elementary school, one of the most diverse schools in Oakland, proposes to expand its enrichment education program in partnership with Destiny Arts Center over the next three years to support creative movement and social emotional learning experiences that will enrich the lives of our BIPOC students. AIG 2025 funding will allow all 3rd-5th grade students to experience year-round dance-based arts classes that are culturally responsive and representative of our diverse school community. Additionally, Destiny Arts will support our annual Student Showcase of learning for families and will provide 2 workshops for teachers on strategies for integrating dance and movement activities to support positive classroom communities.


    Grass Valley Elementary School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 210

    Community Arts Partner: Luna Dance Institute

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Grass Valley Elementary, serving Black, Brown and Special Education students from under-resourced neighborhoods in East Oakland, is seeking to continue our successful partnership with Luna Dance Institute to fully expand and embed the dance program school-wide over the next three years. This work is grounded in equity and inclusion with a specific focus on general and special education classes experiencing dance making together. This dance-making program, with its focus on movement, creativity, and community, is a culturally responsive practice aligned with the needs of our student body. Our ultimate goal is to establish a self-sustaining dance program that lives well beyond the years of this grant and to have Grass Valley School be known for its joy-filled community of creators.


    Hoover Elementary School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 210

    Community Arts Partner: Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Hoover Elementary School and Attitudinal Healing Connection have a deep and long history of partnering in West Oakland. AHC staff have served on the SSC, judging MLK speeches, supporting 5th grade promotion, etc. Mural #4 of the Oakland Mural Project was birthed in an after-school program at Hoover. The value of integrating visual arts into the beginning of a child's academic life,( K-2nd grades) sets the standard we want to create for educating our students. Creative thinkers, stimulating approaches to learning, caring adult relationships, social/emotional well being and environmental awareness, will help create the extension of school into family life. The opportunities for this program to sustain itself and grow is in your hands.


    La Escuelita Elementary School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 296

    Community Arts Partner: Cantare Con Vivo

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    La Escuelita Elementary proposes to expand our partnership with Cantare, a choral music education program, over three years with Arts Incentive Grant support. The partnership will ensure younger students have consistent access to a deep level of vocal music programming to support language fluency, and that upper grade students will have new outlets to develop and share their voices. Weekly class sessions will use a culturally responsive curriculum highlighting social justice themes and incorporating movement and spoken word. Weekly sessions will bring joy and connection into our classrooms, support language fluency and social emotional development. Community performances will foster a sense of pride and community among our culturally diverse students, staff and parents.


    Madison Park Academy

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 120

    Community Arts Partner: Youth Speaks

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    If awarded funding, Youth Speaks will place one Poet Mentor who will provide culturally responsive youth spoken word pedagogy to students and staff focused on uplifting student voice. The poet mentor will take over partner teacher classes once a week, working with 1-3 partner teachers each semester. The poet mentor in partnership with a paid youth leader and at least one adult ally from the school, will help organize: 1) a lunch and after-school S.L.A.M. Club 2) In-School Events (i.e. school-wide kick-off assemblies and culminating performances featuring youth and professional artists 3) Field Trips to fun and educational events. Additionally, adult allies will receive free access to professional development through the “Bay Educators and Organizers for Youth Voice” initiative.


    Manzanita Community School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 350

    Community Arts Partner: Destiny Arts Center

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Manzanita Community School (Manzanita), a Title 1 school in East Oakland, proposes expanding and deepening our commitment to providing all students with high-quality, socio-emotional movement arts classes led by Destiny Arts Center (Destiny). We value Destiny’s culturally responsive teaching approach as we serve over 95% students of color and about half of our students are English language learners. AIG 2025 funding will strengthen youth-adult collaboration and promote belonging among Manzanita students as they exercise their bodies, challenge their minds, and fill their spirits. Destiny will train teachers in embodied practices to integrate into the classroom for students’ personal and relational growth. Manzanita students will be featured in Destiny’s annual Spring community showcase.


    McClymonds High School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 100

    Community Arts Partner: The Crucible

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    McClymonds High School proposes to expand its offering workshops in the industrial arts to students in 9th through 12th grades, particularly our Black and foster youth and students with attendance challenges. AIG 2025 funding will allow for year-round trips to the Crucible for workshops, as well as school-based workshops through the Crucible's mobile ed vehicle. Additionally, the Crucible will support exhibition of student work at their yearly event and through a temporary gallery at McClymonds High School.


    Oakland Academy of Knowledge

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 150

    Community Arts Partner: Destiny Arts Center

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Oakland Academy of Knowledge (OAK) and Destiny Arts Center (DAC) understand that art reflects life and is a vehicle for self-expression and connection to self, lineage, and community. Our AIG 2025 partnership will focus on centering our movement arts programming into an in-depth exploration of cultural arts practice in everyday life. Over the next three years, DAC teaching artists will facilitate African Diasporic movement-based art forms.


    Peralta Elementary School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 67

    Community Arts Partner: American Conservatory Theater

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Peralta will partner with American Conservatory Theater’s ACTsmart Intensive Residencies, to provide every student in grades K-5 with integrated theater instruction connected to classroom learning to support and deepen VAPA and grade-level standards. Students will engage in acting, writing stories, designing sets, making/building, oral traditions, vocalization, and custom design, culminating in student performances that involve parent and community engagement in the development, production, and celebration of each performance. Artists and teachers will collaborate to create theater-based experiences for students that support Peralta's mission to fully integrate the arts across the curriculum for all students to make learning celebratory of differences, rigorous in complexity, and joyful.


    Prescott Elementary School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 119

    Community Arts Partner: Destiny Arts Center

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Prescott School in West Oakland has worked with Destiny Arts Center for three years to build community, confidence, and creativity in students through African dance. Prescott proposes to expand its arts curriculum with Destiny over the next three years by providing an immersive African Diasporic Arts exchange. As over 98% of our population are students of color, Destiny’s culturally responsive pedagogy is vital to encourage students to share comfortably. Destiny will also train teachers in embodied practices to integrate students’ personal and relational growth into the classroom. AIG 2025 funding will allow our students to express themselves and celebrate cultural diversity. Prescott students will present their art in an annual performance.


    Roosevelt Middle School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 28

    Community Arts Partner: Yeah, Art!

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    With AIG 2025, Roosevelt Middle School will partner with Yeah, Art!, an Oakland-based nonprofit making arts education more inclusive, accessible, & relevant.

    - ARTS EDUCATION FOR A NEW GENERATION -

    Yeah, Art! brings working artists to schools to lead workshops on performing & digital arts. But our workshops aren’t just taught with the old-school greats like Mozart, Van Gogh or Shakespeare — they’re taught with the new-school greats who look, sound and move more like our students, including our teachers in the classroom. The proposed program between Roosevelt and Yeah, Art! consists of weekly courses on Vocal Performance and Music Production, small-group workshops, assembly performances, after school program and an annual showcase.


    Rudsdale High School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 180

    Community Arts Partner: The Crucible

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Every grant year, Rudsdale High School and The Crucible will offer industrial arts electives in Ceramics, Digital Fabrication, Glassblowing, Welding, Woodworking, and Machine Shop to 60 students in 10th-12th grades (16-21 years old) every Wednesday for 3 hours. We will keep the class at 6 to 10 students each 6-week marking period to observe physical distancing guidelines.


    Sankofa United Elementary School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 200

    Community Arts Partner: Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA)

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Sankofa United Elementary will extend our arts education partnership with the Museum of Children’s Arts (MOCHA) over the next three years to support inclusion, cultural legacy, and teacher development opportunities for our school community. The Arts Incentive Grant will allow all of the kindergarten through 5th grade students to experience science-based visual arts classes taught by MOCHA’s professional teaching artist, Mary Lawrence. In addition, these classes will act as demo lessons for classroom teachers, as they will observe and participate in the classes so that they may implement the lessons in their future teaching practice.

     


    Skyline High School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 75

    Community Arts Partner: California Shakespeare Theater (CAL SHAKES)


    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Skyline High School Drama proposes a partnership with California Shakespeare Theater to support capacity-building in technical theater and performance, especially designed for Black, Latinx and newcomer students. AIG 2025 funding over the next three years will support a series of in-class residencies taught by BIPOC master artists, accompanied by professional artist seminars, practical real-world work-based learning and paid internships and mentorship opportunities. Culminating in a capstone immersive production of a Shakespeare play in 2025 drawing from multiple disciplines of SHS performing arts. We will furthermore participate in Cal Shakes’ Community Circle, partnering with Laney College Drama in the development of a sustainable pathway to a life in the theater for our Oakland youth.

     


    United For Success Academy

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 120

    Community Arts Partner: Youth Speaks

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    If awarded funding, Youth Speaks will place one poet mentor who will provide culturally responsive youth spoken word pedagogy to students and staff focused on uplifting student voice. The poet mentor will take over partner teacher classes once a week, working with 1-3 partner teachers each semester. The poet mentor, in partnership with a paid youth leader and at least one adult ally from the school, will help organize:1) a lunch and after school S.L.A.M. Club 2) In-School Events (i.e. school-wide kick-off assemblies and culminating performances featuring youth and professional artists 3) Field Trips to fun and educational events. Additionally, Adult allies will receive free access to professional development through the “Bay Educators and Organizers for Youth Voice” initiative.

     


    Urban Promise Academy

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 300

    Community Arts Partner: Bay Area Video Coalition & Reel Stories

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Urban Promise Academy middle school, a Title 1 school in Fruitvale, proposes to expand its elective classes via a partnership with Bay Area Video Coalition over the next three years to support the creation of short films and social emotional learning opportunities for our students, especially our Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and newcomer students. AIG 2025 funding will allow all 8th grade students to experience year-round film-making classes that are culturally responsive. Additionally, BAVC will support our annual spring expo of student learning for families and the extended UPA community by co-organizing a film festival, during which students would introduce and show the films they made over the course of the year.


    West Oakland Middle School

    Number of Students Directly Engaged: 115

    Community Arts Partner: Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    The phoenix without question is the appropriate mascot for West Oakland Middle School. AHC has witnessed the fall, fight and rise of WOMS through multiple administrators, campus sharing, being on the closure block, death of students/staff yet she still rises. Ms. Ummat is committed, and requires that partners are also committed to creating opportunities for students to be successful and excited about some aspect of their school day. She recognizes that one size or style of learning does not fit everyone. Integrating standards-based academic subjects with artistic techniques makes learning Math,History and English more digestible. A music class that encourages you to define the logical approach to rhythmic creation vs just creating sound needs to continue as a pathway for the Phoenix.