Vol: 17 No: 17 December 23, 2018

In this issue:

Make a Year-End Gift
OSA Auditions Approaching
Save the Date!
Important Dates
Parent to Parent
Useful Links

Make a Year-End Gift

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5 Wonderful Things Your Gift Makes Possible

Your tax-deductible gift supports a public arts education like no other! Here are just five of the many ways your gift impacts our students and greater school community:

  • OSA has a 99% graduation rate with students gaining admission to 2 and/or 4-year universities including: Carnegie Mellon University, Spelman College, Columbia University, Tufts University, Wesleyan College, Middlebury College, Amherst College, New York University, Scripps College, University of California at Berkeley, The Ailey School, and many more!
  • Your dollars provide more than 55 hours per month of arts programming for our OSA students.
  • Donations support more than 50 public performances, exhibits, readings, and screenings every year.
  • Your generosity bridges the gap in state arts funding to support our stellar arts faculty including: visual artists, professional dancers, writers, musicians, stage technicians, actors and vocalists.
  • Recurring gifts create a financial foundation for over 50 active community partnerships and collaborations that include: Cal Performances; Camp Reel Stories; IATSE 107 Oakland Stagehands Union; Left Coast Ensemble; Oakland Museum of California; Oaktown Productions; SF Jazz; San Francisco Ballet; San Francisco Opera and more!

We truly can’t do this without you. We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible gift today.

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Last, but not least, please save the date for our Heart of Oakland Benefit on Friday, April 26! This community event will be a fantastic night of student performances and entertainment to support Oakland School for the Arts. I hope to see you there!


Brian Köhn
Executive Director

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OSA Auditions Approaching

Our annual auditions for prospective OSA students are approaching! The audition dates are January 12 and February 9, 2019. As always, we are looking for help from our OSA community to help staff department sign-in tables and to be friendly ambassadors for our school. We will need folks from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm; you’re welcome to come all day or for a part of the day and you’ll receive training the day of the event.

Please contact rdouglass@oakarts.org to sign up. Thanks so much – it’s a really fun day!

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Save the Date!

APT General Meeting
When: Tuesday, January 15, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

APT Emphasis Meetings
When: Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 pm (right after the APT General Meeting)

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Important Dates

Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4

Event: Winter Break – NO SCHOOL!

Tuesday, January 8

Event: APT Board Meeting
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Student Center

Tuesday, January 15 – Thursday, January 17

Event: Semester 1 Finals

Thursday, January 17

Event: Quarter 2 Ends

Friday, January 18

Event: Grading Day – NO SCHOOL

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Parent to Parent


Events, activities, and classes shared by parents for parents.

sf ballet nutcracker 2018

It’s Nutcracker season!

San Francisco Ballet is offering special “Passport Performances” geared toward families with young children (3ish-12ish) and those who just love taking pictures and meeting in person some of the Nutcracker characters. There are many other activities as well as a tea party during intermission that will impress you and move you through the “Story of the Nutcracker”.

Performance Dates:

  • Wednesday, December 26, 2 pm
  • Thursday, December 27, 7 pm

Visit https://www.sfballet.org/season/nutcracker/passport-performances for more information.





dog sees god

Come support OSA students: Nora Cesareo-Dense (director/10th), Sarah Schecter (assistant director/10th), Noe Castrejon (actor/11th), Roan Pearl (actor/11th), Cheyenne Costanza (actor/10th)

What happens when beloved comic characters grow up? After the rabies-induced death of CB’s beloved beagle, CB questions the existence of an afterlife. His peers prove to be unhelpful, his best friend is burnt out, his sister has gone goth, his ex-girlfriend is institutionalized, and the rest of his friends are too inebriated. Watch what happens next! TICKETS AVAILABLE AT https://bpt.me/4022679

BAZP was founded in 2012 to provide Bay Area teenagers the opportunity to produce theater independently. All of the work on stage is entirely directed, performed, designed, and produced by teens. Thank you for supporting youth arts! find out more at bayareazetaplayers.org

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Useful Links

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