About Pro Arts

An anchor in the heart of downtown Oakland, Pro Arts is a nonprofit art institution, devoted to social inclusion by increasing exposure to marginalized artists, working at the interstice of art and social change.

Our vision is to inspire change, creativity, and community. As an institution, we are driven by the values of equity, inclusion, connection, and access.

For nearly five decades, Pro Arts has served as an institutional platform which fosters collaboration, the cross-pollination of ideas and artistic excellence in support of the freedom to present challenging, non-commercial work that wouldn’t be possible in other settings.

Today, we continue to champion new art practices and emerging forms of cultural production, working closely and collaboratively with artists, curators, and community partners to develop and realize contemporary work in all media, ranging from installation and performance to experimental music and public art works. Annually, we support close to 200 contemporary artists and attract a gallery audience of over 10,000. 

Our artistic and programmatic institutional approach is multidisciplinary so that we can provide different perspectives on real world or complex problems, offering thus paths for creative resistance.

Help us continue to sustain ART at the center of our community through the presentation of topical and timely contemporary art exhibitions, public programs and art education!

Pro Arts is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. All donations to Pro Arts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our EIN # is 94-2259269.