The Arts Commission leads the County initiative, CREATE Alameda County to advance arts engagement and arts education for all community members. CREATE Alameda County programs include opportunities for individuals, families and communities to explore their creativity, engage with new ideas and arts skills, and celebrate community. Additionally, CREATE Alameda County provides resources and experiences to help advocate for and raise awareness about the importance of arts education for life-long learning, job skills, and community wellbeing.

CREATE Alameda County is a regional partner with CREATE CA which is a statewide coalition dedicated to ensuring all students reach their full potential through an education model promoting creativity and the arts for the 21st century workforce. This effort is focused on elevating the powerful work of communities like ours to activate support for arts education throughout California.

Creativity is essential, and art is healing! We use our creativity every day to create solutions for the world we share. Learn more about Create Alameda County programs and get involved!

Free Arts Education Coloring Sheets

The Arts Commission is sharing a free arts education coloring sheet. Print it at home and color it in using markers, colored pencils, crayons, or watercolor paint. Use your imagination!

Arts, Culture and Creativity Month

Californians for the Arts (CFTA) directs this annual month-long spotlight on the arts to raise visibility and awareness about the value of our sector, to empower arts advocates to take action, and to spur greater investments in our industry and workforce. Be part of a movement and share your support for celebrating and recognizing the value and impact of arts, culture and creativity in your community. Find out more about getting involved through free arts advocacy webinars and resources at Arts, Culture & Creativity Month.

100 Families Alameda County

Since 2010, the Arts Commission has presented 100 Families Alameda County programs which brings together diverse and intergenerational families to strengthen family bonds and celebrate community through art making. This program is a part of several of the services that the Arts Commission provides including Art is Education and the Veterans Art Partnership. Past program sites have included all 12 Alameda County Library locations; Oakland Vet Center, Oakland, CA; Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA; Alameda County Family Justice Center, Oakland, CA; REACH Ashland Youth Center, San Leandro, CA; Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center, San Leandro, CA; and a partnership project with Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA.

Alameda County Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and an annual recitation competition for high school students across the country. California has the largest state program in the nation. All Alameda County High School students, grades 9-12, are invited to enter Alameda County’s Poetry Out Loud. Structured like a spelling bee, high school representatives advance to the County competition in early February, then the State competition in March, and ultimately to the National Finals in the Spring.

Veterans Art Partnership

Since 2015, the Alameda County Arts Commission has partnered with the Oakland Vet Center to provide free art activities for Alameda County Veterans and their families. Events include art making workshops, collaborative art projects, and community events celebrating exhibitions of artwork by Veterans. The goals of the program are to provide opportunities for Veterans to express themselves in a supportive environment, explore visual art techniques, and engage in community building.

Art Learning Exhibitions


The Alameda County Arts Commission’s Exhibition Program is presented in person at the Alameda County Administration Building galleries in Oakland and also online through virtual exhibitions. The goal of the exhibition program is to provide a positive and uplifting experience for the public through the creativity and imagination of local artists. The exhibitions feature Alameda County artists and are organized by established nonprofit arts organizations or schools located in Alameda County. Nonprofit arts organizations and schools interested in exhibiting artwork are welcome to contact us for eligibility information.

Alameda County Administration Building Exhibitions

In-person exhibitions are located at 1221 Oak Street on the 5th floor in the Board of Supervisors and County Administration Office reception area. The exhibitions are free and open to the public when the building is open.


Online Virtual Exhibitions


African American Quilt Guild of Oakland

This virtual exhibition features the work of 20 artists who are members of The African American Quilt Guild of Oakland. The African American Quilt Guild of Oakland was founded in 2000 with a mission to preserve and continue the tradition of quilting; to promote fellowship among interested persons in all aspects of quilting; to contribute to the knowledge and appreciation of fine quilting and quilts; and to sponsor and support quilting activities through regular meetings and special events with the community.

East Bay Heritage Quilters

This virtual exhibition features the work of 36 artists who are members of the East Bay Heritage Quilters (EBHQ). EBHQ is a non-profit quilt guild founded in 1978 dedicated to promoting camaraderie among people in all aspects of quilting; preserving the traditions and appreciation of quilting; sponsoring and supporting quilting activities through educational sessions and special events; as well as providing quilts to people in need.

Oakland Art Association

This virtual exhibition, People and Places of Alameda County, organized by the Oakland Art Association features 19 local artists. The artworks include a range of visual media and celebrate the rich diversity of people, urban spaces, and the natural environment of Alameda County.

Tri-Valley Conservancy

This virtual exhibition features the artworks of 22 artists from the Tri-Valley Conservancy’s 25th Year Anniversary Collection of the Freeze Frame Photography Competitions. These images reflect the beauty of the scenic rural community, parks and recreational areas in and around Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol.

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