Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Pro Arts
150 Frank H Ogawa Plz
Oakland CA 94612  

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 with 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. 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 200 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 made possible with funding, provided by numerous foundations, corporate partners and individual donors, like you. All donations to Pro Arts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our EIN # is 94-2259269.

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, November 21 2019 8:45 PM

Entresol (Eugene)

Folian (Portland)

Leila Abdul-Rauf

$10, no one turned away for lack of funds
Doors @ 8:45pm
Music @ 9:15pm  More...

Monday, November 25 2019 9:00 PM

Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area creative music scene for over 20 years. In June of 2014 he premiered his extended composition "Blood of the Air" at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. Based on the speech melodies of Beat-era Surrealist poet Philip Lamantia, "Blood of the Air" was made possible with the help of Chamber Music America's 2013 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble program (funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), and with additional support from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

Sheldon Brown - woodwinds

zBug is a psychedelic jazz trio. Found in 2006 by David and features veteran musicians from the SFBA.

David Leikam - NS Design CR5-string bass / CR6-string cello, Moog synthesizer
• Sheila Bosco - drums
Patrick Cress - saxophones, clarinets

Oakland Freedom Jazz Society is a Monday night weekly, live music showcase, featuring improvisors, experimenters, composers based in and exploring New Music, Avantgarde Jazz, Experimental Noise and beyond. We feature many local and up-and-coming musicians, as well as seasoned veterans and national/international performers. Our series is oftentimes utilized as a musical laboratory, so you will always experience something new, different, challenging and interesting!  More...