Heart of Oakland

Heart of Oakland artwork by Visual Art students: BART train on an overpass, downtown Oakland map overlay on a heart, a bird nest with eggs, and a fist rising from the waters of Lake Merritt
Oakland School for the Arts is excited to present Heart of Oakland, OSA's 2019 Spring Benefit. We'll be celebrating this year's event on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Historic Fox Theater, located in the Uptown District of downtown Oakland.
Heart of Oakland is an important event for our community to come together and support the creative youth that walk through our doors every day. Experience the talent and heart at OSA during this night of impressive student showcase performances and special guest artists. The evening also includes a pre-performance VIP Party at The Den at the Fox.
Oakland’s legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo and sons Juan and Peter Michael, as well as Rafael Casal, poet, activist, and co-star and writer of the critically-acclaimed film Blindspotting, will be joining us for this very special evening, along with other local guest artists such as Glynn Washington, host and executive producer of Snap Judgement. We will also be honoring OSA's founder, former California Governor Jerry Brown, for his contributions to arts in education.
Event sponsorship and ticket sales for Heart of Oakland directly support Oakland School for the Arts and OSA’s Step it Up initiative, a diversity and outreach program for students of Oakland Title 1 schools which specifically lack arts education.

OSA has grown stronger with each year thanks to the support of the Oakland community, OSA families, arts advocates, and those who believe in the power of the arts in education. Join us on April 26th to keep the arts beating at OSA for many more years to come.

Tickets & VIP Party Packages


Tickets to the Show

Tickets for the Show can also be purchased in-person at the Fox Box Office.
The Show begins at 7:30 pm.
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***We are aware that there have been issues with purchasing tickets thru ticketmaster. We have communicated these errors to ticketmaster. Unfortunately they do not have a solution at this time. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Fox Theater Box Office, located off of 19th St, from 12pm - 7pm every Friday, including the night of the show. Tickets can also be purchased via phone by calling ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

VIP Party Package

VIP Party Packages are now available! Learn more and register here!
VIP Party is before the Show, from 6 - 7 pm.
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Become an Event Sponsor

If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor for Heart of Oakland, please contact Kathryn Keslosky, Director of Advancement, at kkeslosky@oakarts.org or (510) 873-8819.