Helping Underserved Students Thrive Through Arts Classes That Reflect Their Reality

“You can’t be what you can’t see.” This quote from civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman is the guiding force […more…]

Yeah, Art!

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www.yeahart.org
(510) 938-9096
Co-Founder & Executive Director: Ja Ronn Thompson

Mission

To make arts education more inclusive, accessible and relevant.

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Art is an endangered subject. When schools face budget cuts, arts programs are often the first to be sacrificed. Grassroots organizations like Yeah, Art! are helping keep creativity in classrooms, with a focus on the historically marginalized districts that need it most.
Rickey Minor, Advisory Board Member

Driving Artistic Careers Through a Living Wage

Yeah, Art! also creates more equitable arts education for teachers. A core component of the organization’s mandate is to pay its diverse teaching team the radically ethical wage of $125 per hour. “This ensures teaching artists are compensated for not only their time in the classroom, but their hours of preparation and years of experience,” said Education Director Angel Adedokun. 

The organization is hoping to raise funds to grow its staff to reach more students. Currently $6,000 pays one teaching artist of color for one course of instruction for one trimester, while $20,000 covers one teacher for one course for an entire school year. 

Additional needs include technology to help students record and produce their projects. $10,000 provides the technology for students to develop modern digital art skills, with a goal of purchasing 10 new laptops plus arts software.

“We’re designing arts education for a new generation,” said Thompson. “We want to see this as the new standard in the Bay Area and beyond.”

Key Supporters

Adobe
California Arts Council
City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Division
Darrell Booker
Erin Williams
Golden State Warriors
Handful Players
Microsoft
Keith Dawkins
Nikole Lim
Oakland Unified School District
Randy Porter
Roosevelt Middle School
Rickey Minor