349Just in time for the Day of the Dead, the School of Visual Art is collaborating with the Oakland Museum on a special exhibit: 
The 8th and 12th grade students created masks commemorating the dead and their works will be on display at the Oakland Museum from October 8, 2014 to January 8, 2015. Students were encouraged to find meaningful symbols to express their project either conceptually or in a more traditional fashion. 

The results are inspiring and poignant: a grandmother known only through photographs and oral history; a beloved family cat; a classmate and friend; a nurturing grandfather; the loss of a celebrity and more. Each mask tells a story without words.

In addition, the students wrote artist's statements to explain the meaning of their images.

Congratulations Visual Art students on creating such amazing work!

Production Design's own Zachary Fernandez is on the premiere episode of Lifetime's "Project Runway: THREADS"!  Congratulations Zachary and PD!

Today I had the privilege of spending the morning at the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) in downtown (or Uptown, if you prefer) Oakland. This school was founded in 2002 and housed in the lovely, historic Fox Theater. It is a public charter school with about 650 students in grades 6 through 12 who specialize in one of the following disciplines: dance, digital media, instrumental music, figure skating, literary arts, production design, theatre, visual art, or vocal music. With the school being tuition-free despite all the additional resources required to offer such an incredible menu of artistic choices, the school relies  on donations and grants. It was wonderful to walk the hallways of OSA and pass dance studios, music studios, art studios, biology classrooms, and Spanish classrooms! The halls were buzzing with much more than just music– there was so much student energy and passion!


We are very pleased to announce that Chloe Ashley has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT, the qualifying test used for National Merit Scholarship consideration. Congratulations Chloe!

The Oakland Public Library, in partnership with Youth Speaks, ProArts and more than a dozen community partners, are thrilled to announce 8 finalists for the City of Oakland’s second annual Youth Poet Laureate competition.

Olivia Hoffman, 16, Oakland School for the Arts
Maya Bello, 16, Holy Names High School
Obasi Davis, 17, Berkeley High School
Robert Paige, 18, Oakland Technical High School
Mina Jameson, 15, Oakland School for the Arts
Francesca Paris, 16, Head-Royce School
Cindy Huey, 17, Oakland Technical High School
Kai Smith, 15, Oakland School for the Arts

CONGRATULATIONS! These talented young poets made it through a highly competitive first round of judging. First-round evaluations were based solely on the strengthen of the poetry. Judges looked for writing that demonstrated Overall Artistic Excellence, Bold Approach in Content and Form, Outstanding Creativity, Originality and Authenticity. The eight finalists represent the best of Oakland’s young talent.

Harris says this school brings out the best in kids because they choose to be here. "It’s something they love, and they get in here because of that. They know they earned their way in, and then when they get here, they’re involved with other like-minded students. So all those factors together keep kids what we call engaged—that’s one of the new educational terms—we think they’re engaged," says Harris."
Natalie Meier, KALW


"In this article I interview Olivia Noelle, a multitalented  artist from Oakland, California. She has recently been featured in an all-girls art show called Nuclear Summer, with Stephanie Pence, Teryn Brown, Sarah Bowser, and Lanee Bird; which was June 21st at San Franpsycho on 9th Avenue . We talk about her different skills, her roots, passions, what she has been working recently, and many other things."
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