About Pro Arts

Pro Arts is among the oldest and most significant institutions for contemporary art in Oakland.  Shortly after its formation in 1974, under the name of Alameda County Neighborhood Arts Program, Pro Arts became an important venue for artistic experimentation and engagement in the arts.  Today, Pro Arts continues to support art that pushes boundaries, generates critical discourse and challenges the status quo.

Pro Arts shows contemporary art in all its forms. Through our interdisciplinary approach to curating, which fosters collaboration and the cross-pollination of ideas, we champion new art practices and emerging forms of cultural production. Simultaneously, we remain rooted in the local art scene, committed to openness, inclusivity and the advancement of universal access to art and culture.

We support contemporary artists directly through exhibitions, commissions, interdisciplinary series and presentations, residency programs, satellite projects, digital platforms and publications. Annually we present over 100 artists, working in diverse artistic fields, conduct over 700 art education programs for youth, and reach an audience of over 10,000.

Pro Arts’ public programs consist of exhibitions, performances, literary and film events, lectures and discussions thus allowing for a diverse array of interested audiences to become acquainted with the latest developments in contemporary art. In 2016, Pro Arts began hosting two new professional development programs: Studio Lab Curatorial and Studio Lab Artist Residency Programs.  These new programs provide emerging curators and artists with the opportunity to develop and expand their curatorial and artistic professional practice.

Pro Arts is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Our operations and programs are funded by grants from the government, foundations, corporate partners, our members and individual donors. All donations to Pro Arts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our future and sustainability in operations and programs in fact depends on the generosity of the public, our institutional, government and corporate partners. Our EIN # is 94-2259269.