OSA Annual Report FY22

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Annual Report 2021–2022


Letter from the Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 About OSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The OSA Way. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 MIssion and Vision Statements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 OSA Demographics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Step it Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Student Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 CTE and Summer Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Student and Alumni News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Financial Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Ways to Give. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Donor Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 College Acceptances. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Supporters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Board Members / Contact Information . . . . . . . . . . . . .21


A Letter From OSA’s Executive Director, Mike Oz Dear OSA Supporters, Welcome to Oakland School for the Arts’ 2021–2022 Annual Report, where we celebrate the many achievements of the year and thank partners like you for your generosity. This year, we’re also marking 20 years of OSA as an anchor in the Oakland community. We are honored and humbled to provide a world-class arts education to 800 students annually, tuition free. Although I’m new as Executive Director, the thing I know for certain—garnered over my 16 years of involvement with the school—is that OSA is a unique and special place. It’s made up of passionate students, teachers, families, administrators, and community supporters. Without their contributions, we would not be celebrating 20 years of creativity and courage. The challenges of the 2021–22 school year brought our community to the point of collective exhaustion: navigating a return to in-person learning after 16 months away, supporting students in overcoming learning loss and anxiety, and grappling with the many ways that injustices, past and present, manifest in our community. In the midst of these challenges, OSA kept its focus on our students—delivering excellence in our arts and academic classrooms and working to ensure that each student had the tools they needed to succeed. AC H IEV EM EN TS WHI CH WE AR E PR OUD TO SHARE WITH YOU INCLU DE: • We added a JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Coordinator to our Senior Leadership Team; • 97% of our Class of 2022 graduated and, of these students, 87% applied to post-secondary programs; • 100% of students who chose to apply to post-secondary programs received acceptance letters; • OSA provided a Chromebook to every student in every grade; • We secured a lease and began renovation of much-needed new classroom space for our Visual Art and Media Arts students; • We welcomed five former OSA students to join our stellar arts faculty, staff, and board of directors; and • With the support of community partners, we enhanced our Student Support and Wellness Services. Now that we’re back and in motion, it is time for 10-20 year thinking. Our community is currently engaged in the creation of a 3-year strategic plan which will serve as a roadmap to ensure OSA further develops as a fixture in Oakland. Implementation will take intention, collaboration and focus. I invite you to join us in building the next iteration of Oakland School for the Arts—a vibrant, resilient, creative community, set to serve many future generations of young artists. Thank you for making OSA the beacon of arts education that it is today. Mike Oz Executive Director


About OSA Opening its doors in 2002 with only 97 students and 9 faculty members, Oakland School for the Arts is guided by the ambitious vision of founder Jerry Brown, former Oakland Mayor and three-term California Governor: to provide an exceptional, tuition-free arts education program in the heart of Oakland. OSA’s tradition of excellence endures, with 2021 awards including the California Exemplary Arts Education Award and California Distinguished Blue Ribbon School Award. For two decades, the school has been anchored in the belief that an immersive arts education should be free and accessible to all students. Now in its 20th year, with nearly 800 students and 74 faculty members, the school remains rooted in diversity and inclusion, with the goal of ensuring that a stellar arts education is open to all in Oakland’s artistic and cultural core. The faculty at OSA is an exemplary group of educators, with a commitment to creativity and academic excellence. OSA arts faculty members are all professional, practicing artists that are deeply engaged in their respective artistic communities, which opens a world of opportunities for students to engage in community change and impact. Because OSA’s dedicated faculty go the extra mile to support each student in reaching their full artistic and academic potential, our students graduate from OSA prepared to take on life’s challenges. OSA invests in students’ career and college readiness through career pathway programming and rigorous instruction.These efforts continue to yield impressive results, demonstrated by the list of acceptances to prestigious institutions earned by the Senior Class of 2022. These colleges and universities include the San Francisco Conservatory, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Fordham University, University of the Arts London, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Stanford University, Princeton University, Oberlin Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music.


The OSA Way: Value, Uplift, and Honor Returning to campus after 16 months of remote learning presented many challenges. In response, our leadership team worked with stakeholders to articulate “The OSA Way.” This serves as a cornerstone for our school community and a daily reminder of our shared core values, which provide the foundation for the success of all of our students. The OSA Way is based on the guiding principles on which the school was founded. We foster a positive and supportive school culture that allows creativity to thrive and our students to prosper. I VA LUE M YS EL F My thoughts, choices, and actions demonstrate self-reflection, resilience, and a positive sense of self. WE UP LI F T O U R DI V E R S E COM M UNI TY We understand that our differences are our strength and we approach all of our interactions with truthfulness, kindness, humility, and compassion. WE H O N O R S PACE We are all active members of this community and aim to leave this space better than we found it. I commit to creating and protecting a safe collective environment which fosters care, pride, and empathy.



Oakland School for the Arts is a diverse and inclusive public 6-12 charter school that blends immersive, robust arts with comprehensive academics, providing integrated opportunities for collaboration, expression, and personal growth. VISION

OSA students will be creative and critical thinkers who demonstrate a commitment to equity, community, collaboration, and self-reflection. Through meaningful engagement with pathway integrated curriculum and work-based learning opportunities, graduates will be resilient and ready for college and career. Alumni will exemplify the essential value of the arts in all they do.


Opening its doors in 2002, OSA celebrates its 20th year as a tuition-free, public arts school in the heart of Oakland.

OSA students engage in an average of two hours of specialized arts training daily.

OSA offers each student worldclass instruction in one of nine arts sub-pathways: Dance, Media Arts, Fashion Design, Instrumental Music, Literary Arts, Production Design, Theatre, Visual Art, and Vocal Music.

In 2021–22, OSA served 780 Bay Area youth in grades 6-12, the largest student body in the school’s history.

OSA Student Demographics 2021–22

At OSA, 85% of graduates met California’s A-G requirements to be eligible to apply to the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) systems.

OSA’s 115 teachers and staff and 250 volunteers now serve nearly 800 students. OSA serves youth from across the Bay Area with a preference for Oakland-based students. Hispanic/ Latinx 11%

In the 2021–22 school year, OSA’s student population identified as: 65% female; 34% male; and 1% non-binary. Forty percent of students identified as LGBTQIA+.

Asian 6%


Students residing in 37 other Bay Area cities 28%

Black 23%

Pacific Islander 1%

MultiEthnic 22%

Students residing in Oakland 72%

Declined to State 3%

White 34%


Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion OSA was conceived to expand opportunity in a city with substantial and entrenched inequities. Over the past several years in particular, OSA has been working to break down barriers to access for prospective students who may not have had formal arts training, but who would thrive at OSA. In 2020, beyond providing artistic preparatory training through our Step it Up program, OSA established an enrollment preference for low-income Oakland families to minimize the opportunity gap created by a growing wealth disparity in the city. In 2021, OSA saw growth in economic diversity among students as more than half (52%) of OSA’s new sixth graders previously attended Title I elementary schools (schools in which children from low-income families make up at least 40 percent of enrollment). OSA is committed to embedding a spirit of inclusivity into the academic, artistic and social fabric of the school. In 2021, OSA welcomed Kala Stepter as our Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Coordinator, to lead this transformational and ongoing work. OSA also convened an Equity Task Force and began implementation of strategic initiatives to close opportunity gaps and build a more equitable school environment. These included: • Providing JEDI-focused professional development for all staff • Reviewing policies and practices to promote the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff • Updating curriculum to ensure both cultural relevance and rigor • Empowering students and families of all affinity groups • Implementing restorative justice practices • Unpacking the long-term impacts of systemic racism on the school community This year, as OSA develops our 3-year Strategic Plan, our leadership team is grounding each workstream of the plan in the school’s commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion so that OSA grows in a way that is culturally responsive to and inclusive of all students’ cultures, backgrounds, identities, and learning differences.

J UST I C E, EQUI TY, DI V E R S I TY, AND INCLU SION MISSION: To cultivate an environment where the entire OSA community—students, families, and staff— is empowered to learn about, grow in, and celebrate the diverse identities and cultures of themselves and others. Together, we will combat oppressive systems in our communities to ignite transformational change toward justice through empathy, collaboration, intentionality, and courage.


“My parents have always pushed me to do what I love. They knew I had a huge imagination and loved performing arts, so they told me about this school and enrolled me in Step it Up. I met most of my friends through Step it Up. It changed my life.” —9th Grade Theatre Student

Step it Up OSA established Step it Up in 2013 with a goal of making an arts education accessible to underserved Oakland youth and to provide training and preparation for students to enroll at OSA. The program provides students in grades 5 through 8, who reside in the City of Oakland and attend Title 1 schools that lack arts education, with free instruction in one of several different arts disciplines: Visual Art, Theatre, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Media Arts, Dance, Literary Arts, and Production Design. Participants learn foundational and technical skills, and are taught by professional artists, teachers, and student assistants. In 2021–22, 60 students completed Step it Up and 20 of those students enrolled at OSA in the fall of the 2022–23 school year.


“Being able to have a place where I can come calm down and get help when I need to really helped me get through junior year. It gave me a safe space in the school that I knew I could count on whenever I needed it.” —Senior Theatre Student

Student Wellness The past several years have taken a heavy toll on student wellness in communities across the country, and OSA has been no exception. When students returned to in-person instruction after a year and a half of remote learning, OSA saw that an unprecedented number were struggling—grappling with learning loss, anxiety, and stress. In response, OSA’s leadership acted with urgency to expand student support programs, most notably by hiring additional counselors and paraprofessionals for our Student Support Team. Last year brought new partnerships with community organizations to expand training and support on resiliency and healing, healthy relationships, trauma-informed practices, and restorative justice. OSA counselors also offered services and invited students to use their office as a respite space. In the spring, OSA developed plans to move to a Wellness Center model which will more comprehensively address students’ social-emotional, academic, and mental health needs. Beginning in 2023, students will benefit from having a dedicated space on campus where they can go for quiet time, counseling referrals, small group workshops, and resources on managing stress and anxiety. As we move forward, we are seeking philanthropic partners that can support an expanded Wellness Center that meets the needs of all students, their families, and our faculty and staff.


Career Technical Education OSA prepares young artists for successful careers in their chosen fields through Career Technical Education (CTE)—California’s defined course sequences recognized for integrating academic, technical, and occupational knowledge. The California Department of Education has recognized OSA as a CTE model school in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment Division. At OSA, students choose between two CTE pathways: Design, Visual & Media Arts or Performing Arts. In addition to learning from professional artists that provide industry-relevant training each day, OSA students can take part in work-based learning opportunities that include creating public art, running their own radio broadcasts, participating in international competitions, collaborating with commercial designers, and completing internships that allow them to graduate with a union card in hand. A M O N G 2 0 2 1–2 2 HI GHL I GHTS AR E : • KPFA, a Bay Area, listener-funded radio station in Berkeley, asked the OSA student-run radio broadcast to produce a weekly talk show; • Through OSA’s internship program, three students—Makiah Hiley, Sarah Clemmons, and Daisha Williams— were selected to be student journalists for the Post News Group, where they wrote articles that were published in various newspapers; and • OSA laid the groundwork to implement two student-run businesses in 2022–23: an OSA record label and a quarterly magazine, 510 MAG.

OSA goes beyond honing students’ art creation and performance skills by placing a strong focus on entrepreneurship and career preparation. Ninth graders take a semester-long “Business of the Arts” course, launching a 4-year journey to create a professional portfolio, while seniors complete a “Capstone” course as their final preparation for college and career success.

Summer Academy In 2022, OSA piloted a fun and educational summer program for students ages 9-14. Students selected from eight different art academies taught by professional artists. The Academy provided summer arts enrichment to OSA students and Oakland area youth, gave OSA students the opportunity to try art forms outside of their emphasis areas, and connected OSA faculty, staff and other local artists with summer employment. The program served 80 students, 85% of whom were not enrolled at OSA, making the program a community asset for Bay Area families. Fees from the Academy contributed to OSA’s continuing efforts to generate revenue to meet its annual fundraising goal. For families that needed financial assistance, OSA provided scholarships to ensure that the Academy was open to all students.


Leila Mottley

Satya Hawley

Matilda the Musical

Student and Alumni News L I T ERA RY A RTS


• Leila Mottley (’19) appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to celebrate the success of her novel Nightcrawling, an Oprah’s Book Club Pick and New York Times best seller. Nightcrawling was also longlisted for the Booker Prize, making Leila the youngest person ever to be included on this prestigious list.

• Through her work with Twinwalls Mural Company, Lisa Max (’20) painted the decorative walls for a new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition entitled “New Work: Toyin Ojih Odutola.” As this is an integral part of the exhibit, Lisa received wall text credit at SFMOMA.

• Daisha Williams (’23), an intern at the Post News Group, wrote “Oakland Youth Rally in Support of Roe v. Wade,” covering the OSA student-led protest walk to Oakland’s City Hall. NNPA Newswire/BlackPressUSA picked up the story for national publication.

• OSA’s 2022 valedictorian, Khoa Sands, is attending Princeton University to study history. During his senior year at OSA, he created and facilitated a course on the “History of Modern Geopolitics: Conflict in Context” that helped students understand and critically examine current events and conflicts in the world today.

T H EAT R E • Students performed Every 28 Hours, a play written by students and directed by alumna Tavia Percia (‘11), who now co-chairs the Theatre Department at OSA. The play details the shared and contested 2015 statistic, “Every 28 hours, a Black person is killed in the US,” and is performed in honor of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Jacob Blake.


Every 28 Hours

• Makiah Hiley (’23) won a Bronze Medal for playwriting at the 2022 NAACP National Youth Convention. At the convention, Lupita Nyong’o, star of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, surprised 40 students on stage, awarding each one with a $10,000 scholarship.


• Media Arts students collaborated with several sub-pathways throughout the year, notably creating powerful digital stories that accompanied Visual Art students’ self portraits at OSA’s spring fundraiser, Heart of Oakland. • Students documented a range of artistic accomplishments at OSA, from recording theatre performances like Twelfth Night, or What You Will, to photographing Vocal Rush, OSA’s award-winning a cappella group, to recording Instrumental Music students.

Twelfth Night

Vocal Rush



• Production Design students created vastly different worlds for characters to inhabit, ranging from the English elementary school in OSA’s middle school production of Matilda the Musical to the modern day, cityscape setting of the high school production of Twelfth Night, or What you Will.

• Vocalist Satya Hawley (’19) debuted her new EP, Summertime, at the New Parish in Oakland, and invited current OSA students to join her on stage. The video for her single, “Oakland,” was filmed in part at OSA.

• Nearly 2,000 visitors experienced the “Out of this World,” space-themed Haunted House, held in OSA’s Black Box Theater. Production Design students designed and created, Fashion Design students costumed, and student actors staffed the popular community event. Production Design students alternate this project annually with building tiny homes for Oakland’s local unhoused community. I NST R UM EN TAL M USI C • Siblings Miles and Teo Quale (’22 and ’25, respectively) completed an international tour with their phenomenal Bluegrass band, Crying Uncle. • Pianist Scarlett Chan, an eighth grader, competed in the US Open Music Competition, coming in 1st Place in the Young Prodigy Group; 2nd Place in the Baroque Group; and 2nd Place in the Classical Group.

• Celebrating its 20th year, OSA’s award-winning a cappella group, Vocal Rush is led by OSA alumna and Vocal Music faculty member, Sarah Vela (’12). In 2022, the group collaborated with eight-time Grammy winner Beck, performing the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” as part of a Fox Theater event that raised nearly $1 million to benefit UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. DANCE • Beatrice Miller (’22) is attending the highly competitive Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance at Fordham University, where she was awarded the prestigious Dean’s Scholarship. • Former student Schuyler Wjisen is now a Dance Artist at the Boston Ballet, where he is performing in Stephen Galloway’s new ballet, DEVIL’s/eye. • Former student Angela Watson has joined the San Francisco Ballet as an apprentice for the 2023 season. Previously, Angela studied at the world-renowned Paris Opera Ballet School as one of only 30 non-French students invited to train in a class of 200. FASHION DESIGN • In 2021, Zachary Fernandez (’17) graduated from the Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City and joined the staff of Oscar de la Renta as their Fabric and Trends Coordinator. • Ajai Kasim (’20) debuted as a model at New York Fashion Week for the designer Advisry.

• Audio Production and Design students ran the video and audio production for Instrumental Music performances during Heart of Oakland and hosted a spring Listening Party, showcasing their portfolio of work.

• Collaborating with the Marin Shakespeare Company, OSA students worked on the production of Hamlet, providing full hair, make-up, and costume creation for the show.


Oakland School for the Arts Financial Statement OSA is funded by a combination of federal, state, and local sources. Each year, the school must raise 10-14% of its annual revenue from philanthropic sources. As OSA does not charge tuition, the school depends on donations to bridge the gap between government funds and OSA’s per student cost.

END OF FISCAL YEAR / 2021–2022

2021–22 Unaudited Actuals

REVENUES State $9,061,745 Federal $198,175 Donations and Grants $983,862 Other Local Total Revenues

$545,891 $10,789,673

EXPENSES Certificated Employees


Classified Employees


Employee Benefits


Books and Supplies $362,596 Services and Other Operating $3,241,691 Depreciation and Fees Total Expenses

$213,729 $12,554,700

In the 2021–22 school year, OSA had an annual operating deficit as a result of: • Increased teacher compensation via new labor contracts; • A one-time correction in employer retirement contributions; and • Enhanced student support services and additional operational expenses due to the pandemic. OSA was fortunate to have reserves in place to support us financially through the school year. We are now focused on replenishing those reserves and moving forward with balanced budgets in 2022-23 and beyond.


Ways to Give The cost of providing a stellar arts education is increasing. OSA is responding to the pandemic’s impact on students with increased wellness and academic support programs. At the same time, OSA is facing the need for expanded and improved facilities. Taken together, these realities mean operational costs are rising each year. OSA looks to friends like you—who recognize the power of the arts to shape society and break down inequities—to support OSA’s young artists and changemakers. Join us today by making a contribution. Your gift is not only an expression of your values; it’s an investment in our young people’s future and the future of a thriving arts sector. C L I C K H E R E T O D O N AT E REC UR RI NG GI FT Amplify your impact with a Recurring Gift! You can set up automatic, recurring monthly or quarterly donations via credit card on our secure online giving page at www.oakarts.org/donate. M ATC H I N G GI FT PR OGR AM Your employer may offer a Matching Gift Program. If you or your spouse work for or are retired from a company that offers matching gifts, you may be able to double, or even triple, your donation to OSA. Contact your Human Resources department to find out if your company will match your gift. OTHE R CONTR IBU TIONS We welcome Donor Advised Fund contributions, as well as gifts of appreciated stock. To request OSA’s Stock Transfer Form or to ask a question about making a gift, contact the Office of Advancement at advancement@oakarts.org. OSA’s Federal Employer Identification Number is 68-0463892.


Donor Highlights A N N UA L F UN D


OSA’s Annual Fund rallies support from more than 500 individuals, businesses, and corporations each year. This vital fundraising effort brings our community together and bridges the gap between allocated government funds and what it truly costs OSA to provide a world-class arts education in the heart of Oakland. Donations to the Annual Fund make up 10-14% of our revenue each year and directly fund OSA arts programs, arts faculty, technology, facility maintenance and upgrades, and special programs.

OSA is proud to partner with The Barrios Trust, a foundation started in 1999 by longtime Oakland resident, Warren Wilson, to support local youth programs in the spirit of love and fellowship. The Barrios Trust (named in honor of Wilson’s mother, Louise Barrios Wilson) focuses particularly on programs that encourage healthy habits, nourish cultural diversity, and educate the whole child. Here at OSA, funds from The Barrios Trust have been vital in underwriting Step It Up, our signature after school arts outreach program for middle schoolers.

In 2021–22, OSA’s generous Annual Fund donors raised a remarkable $515,750 for the school and 50% of OSA families participated. Thank you for an incredible year! KA I S ER P ER M ANE NTE OSA and Kaiser Permanente deepened their partnership in 2021–22 to ensure that OSA students, teachers, and staff alike would have the support they need to thrive in learning and in health. Kaiser Permanente not only made significant financial contributions to fund our JEDI work and our expanded Student Support Team, anchoring this work at a critical time, they also connected us with their Thriving Schools initiative, a program that provides assessments, tools, and resources that address four integrated dimensions of health: mental, physical, and social, as well as equitable access to healthcare.


#GIVINGTU ESDAY On #GivingTuesday, more than 100 OSA supporters banded together in giving $33,100 to support the school’s JEDI programming. This outpouring of generosity surpassed OSA’s fundraising goal and unlocked a matching gift from the Quest Foundation. Thanks to the foundation and each of our #GivingTuesday donors, we raised a grand total of $60,700 to fund restorative justice training, affinity groups, curriculum updates, and more.

College Acceptances Congratulations to the Class of 2022! The following is a list of colleges and universities where OSA graduates were accepted. OSA’s Class of 2022 graduation rate was 97%. Of this graduating class, 87% applied to 2-year or 4-year post-secondary programs. 100% of students who chose to apply received acceptance letters. (Accepted / Attending) Academy of Art University (1/1)

Kenyon College (1/0)

Stanford University (1/1)

Agnes Scott College (1/0)

Kingston University London (1/0)

State University of New York

American University of Paris (1/0)

Knox College (1/0)

Arcadia University (1/0)

Lesley University (1/0)

Syracuse University (1/0)

ArtCenter College of Design (1/0)

Lewis and Clark College (8/3)

Temple University (2/0)

Arts University Bournemouth (1/0)

Lim College (1/0)

University of California:

Ateneo de Manila University (1/1)

Loyola Marymount University (1/0)

UC Berkeley (6/3)

Azusa Pacific University (1/0)

Loyola University Chicago (3/0)

UC Davis (9/4)

Bard College (4/1)

Loyola University

UC Irvine (2/0)

Berklee College of Music (3/1)

New Orleans (2/1)

Purchase (3/0)

UC Los Angeles (6/5)

Biola University (1/0)

Macalester College (1/1)

UC Merced (4/1)

Boston Conservatory (3/0)

Maryland Institute College

UC Riverside (2/0)

Boston University (1/0) Brandeis University (1/0) California Institute of the Arts (1/0) California State Universities: Cal Poly Pomona (1/0)

of the Arts (1/0) Marymount Manhattan College (2/0) Massachusetts College of Art and Design (1/0)

UC San Diego (5/0) UC Santa Barbara (6/5) UC Santa Cruz (18/5) University of Alaska Anchorage (1/0)

CSU Channel Islands (1/0)

McGill University (1/1)

University of British Columbia (1/0)

CSU Chico (2/0)

Middlesex University (1/0)

University of Colorado

CSU East Bay (7/0)

New York University (6/5)

CSU Fresno (1/0)

Newcastle University (1/0)

University of Denver (2/0)

CSU Fullerton (1/1)

Northeastern University (1/0)

University of Exeter (1/0)

CSU Long Beach (5/0)

Nottingham Trent University (1/1)

University of Glasgow (2/1)

CSU Los Angeles (5/2)

Oberlin College (3/0)

University of Hawaii at Manoa (1/0)

CSU Monterey Bay (2/2)

Ohio University (1/0)

University of Maine (1/0)

CSU Northridge (3/0)

Oregon State University (1/0)

University of Minnesota (1/0)

CSU Stanislaus (3/0)

Otis College of Art and Design (2/0)

University of Oregon (6/0)

Humboldt State (5/0)

Pace University (4/2)

University of Rochester (1/0)

Sacramento State (3/0)

Parsons School of Design (3/0)

University of San Francisco (1/0)

San Diego State (2/1)

Penn State University (2/0)

University of Southern

San Jose State (4/1)

Portland State University (1/0)

San Francisco State (13/1)

Pratt Institute (2/0)

University of the Arts London (2/0)

Sonoma State (5/1)

Boulder (1/0)

California (2/1)

Princeton University (1/1)

University of the Pacific (1/0)

California College of the Arts (1/0)

Reed College (3/0)

University of Toronto (1/0)

Chapman University (1/1)

Rhode Island School of Design (2/0)

University of Vermont (2/0)

Columbia College Chicago (3/0)

Rochester Institute of

University of Washington (2/1)

D’Youville University (1/1)

Technology (1/0)

University of York (1/0)

DePaul University (4/0)

Rutgers University (1/1)

Vanguard University (2/1)

Drexel University (2/1)

Saint Mary’s College (1/0)

Virginia Commonwealth

Emerson College (1/1)

San Francisco Conservatory

Evergreen State College (2/1)

of Music (2/2)

Fordham University (5/1)

Sarah Lawrence College (2/1)

George Washington University (1/0)

School of the Art Institute

Grand Canyon University (1/0)

of Chicago (3/0)

University (1/0) Western Washington University (2/0) Whitman College (1/0) Whittier College (1/0)

Holy Names University (1/1)

School of Visual Arts (1/1)

Willamette University (1/0)

Hope International University (1/0)

Seattle University (2/1)

Xavier University of

Howard University (1/0)

Spelman College (1/0)

Louisiana (1/0)

Johns Hopkins University (1/0)

St. John’s College (1/0)


Thank You To Our Generous Supporters OSA F I S CA L Y E AR 2 022 (JULY 1, 2021 – J U NE 30, 2022) Donations to OSA support the next generation of creative Bay Area youth. OSA relies on these generous gifts each year to make our immersive arts education possible for our students. We are grateful for the support from our families—both current and alumni—that give to OSA, as well as our corporate and foundation partners, and other individual supporters in our community. We celebrate and thank our supporters who made contributions in fiscal year 2022. + Matching Gifts

• Recurring Gifts

President Circle / $100,000+ Kaiser Permanente Leader Circle / $50,000+ Anonymous Crankstart Foundation Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Benefactor Circle / $25,000+ Quest Foundation Patron Circle / $10,000+ Denny Abrams Alma Gaoaen Gucci Frances Hellman & Warren Breslau Libitzky Family Foundation RECARE Foundation The San Francisco Symphony The Walt Disney Company Foundation Curator Circle / $5,000+ Anonymous (3) + • Bandcamp, Inc. The Barrios Trust Peter Birkholz Bright Research Group Karima Cammell & Duncan Brown Chevron Humankind • Brie Gallagher & Derek Cedars + Google Dr. Susanna Gordon & Dr. Eli Rotenberg, in Memory of James P. Gordon


Marcie Gutierrez & Bret Dickey Massie Family Charitable Trust Pixar Animation Studios Kimberly S. & Michael P. Walsh Keo Zaiger & Lempi Miller + • Leadership Circle / $2,500+ Anonymous (3) Autodesk, Inc. Michael Baus & Lorraine Dillon Heather & Michael Burns • Cisco Systems, Inc. Kim Collins & Jim Capobianco + Dr. Jason & Patricia Crane • Romy Falck & Julian Fountain • Anne Hope & Mark Csikszentmihalyi Chris & Lilly Krenn Leo & Rebecca Levenson Elizabeth Lyons & Jeff Thompson, in Memory of Judy Callaghan Lyons • Jaime Maldonado & Cindy Ng • Mick & Cindy McCaffrey Karen M. McClinchey & Bartosz M. Jaworski + Karen & Juan M. Morfin Amy & Cory Omand Catherine Payne & Thai Nguyen Michele Pred & Scott LeRoy Morlan + Cynthia & Jason Reimann Jodie Rul& & Brian Linde + • Shizue Seo & Andrew Williams

Alexandra & Rhush Wanigatunga • Whole Foods Market William Conway Virtuoso Circle / $1,500+ Toby & Lauren Abom Anonymous (4) Yasmin Anwar & Thomas Levy Rachel & Jeffrey August • Leslie Baker, in Honor of Miss Natalia Graff-Baker Theresa Bartolero & Dag MacLeod • Nicole Batill & Eric Stullman Jason & Michele Blackwell Aaron Hichman & Elena Brignole-Hichman Jessica & Chuck Carlson + Julie-Ann Cesareo & Tim Dense + • Betty & Phil Chang Alex & Haleh Cunningham + • Ana DeLeon Peter & Milannie Domingo William & Leslie Dougherty Amie & Justin DuBois Justin Eckhouse Elisa Edwards Justina Michelle & Don Emley • Carla & Patrick Feely • Eifler Morello-Frosch Fund Jennifer Houser Mark Frey & Chikako Naito + • Gilead Sciences, Inc. • Philip & Sharon Green Ruth & Marc Halpern • Heidi Hartston & Paul Epstein Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation

Wei-Ling Huber & Hongyu Min • Lana & Andrew Hurteau Eric & Christen Soares Sarah & Cheshire Isaacs Jeff Issenberg • Naila & Ryan Jenson Teresa Jimenez • Noah & Katie Kahn Katrina Kellogg Kelly Kilpatrick & Jay Skelton Arrived Artist Collective Michael Lande & Heidi Brueckner Cindy & Thomas Lawrence Ina Lim & Allan Silva LinkedIn Edward & Jennifer Loftus Gloria & Fred Lucero • Jennifer & James MacDaniel Sarah & Matt Maiocco Mary Mathaisell & Scott Johnson Pamela Mayer & James Zoeller + Anne & Jim McSilver + Michelle Sicula, LMFT Alison Moncrieff & David Nash Alessandra & Bryan Moore Casey Ng & Pei Ying Hsieh Danielle O’Bannon-Watson & Calvin Watson Michael & Anna Oznowicz Soo Zee Park Gaylon Parsons PNC Foundation Jean-Francois Racine & Anne Hebert • Andrew Rosenblum & Anna Levine Robert Russ +

Sarah Sharp & Christopher Glenn Catherine Siegle & Hans Christensen SiriusXM William Skeen • Heather & Mark Thornsley Lisa & John Toton Lara Villareal Hutner & Greg Whiting Chad Wagner Marc & Catherine Wendling The Tozer Family + • Jenny Wong-Stanley Karen Wood O’Connell & Daniel Bryan O’Connell Artisan Circle / $500+ Nicholas Abid Charisma Acey & Adam Otokiti, in Memory of Richard ‘Jay’ Acey • Adobe Systems, Inc. Amy & Robert Ahlers Mireya Albarran & Daniel Sanchez-Glazer, in Honor of Omar Sanchez-Albarran Jason & Christy Wright Ambrose Anonymous (12) + Silvana Bacigalupo & Joshua Wold • David & Leslie Baker • Deborah L. Barsotti & Manveen Khera • Nikki Bas & Brad Erickson • Tracey Beckford-Ortega & Omar Ortega • Adam & Dana Blankman + Julie & Jon Boe Brian Bolick Eleanor Bonifacio Steven N. Borg • Wendy Boucher & Aaron Fischer + Martin Boyden & Kara Mitzel Geraldine E. & Timothy Brennan Amanda Brown-Stevens • Crystal Buss & Chad Washam • Salim Catrina

Gunil Chung & Amanda Edmund Jolie Clark Ashly & Adam Cooper, in Honor of The Cradle Will Rock Margaret & Thomas Cosby • Naomi Davis, in Memory of Toby Weir • Dell Technologies • Baby Djojonegoro & Jamie Dillemuth • Le Dyane & Pham Dyane Le Angela & Dan Engel • Claudia Flores de la Cruz • Edrina & Sammie Flowers • Deirdre Fogarty & Les G. Harris Peter Geckeler Heidi Goldstein Mary Gomes & Allen Kanner Kristen Graff-Baker & Jonathan Bishop Jane Greenberg & Albert Dicruttalo Donald P. & Iris B. Greenberg Fiona Grigg & John Connelly David Harris Dandelion Harris The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. Amalie Hazelton & Scott Hewitt • Miya Hirabayashi & Jordan Virbalas • Holly & James Jansen • Linda Jaskol & Steve Maclauchlan Joslin Johnson Contrena Jones & Michael Strange Mary Kahn, in Honor of Max Blankman Carla & Brian Kalin O’Connell + Kathryn Kark Catherine & Chad Kassirer + • Laurel Katz Melody & Christopher Kearney Susan Ketchner & Ben Schwartz • Sharon & Nicholas Khadder • Erica & Dan Kolodny • Lorelei Komery

Chris Lam Jennifer Lambert • Amanda Lavorini & Vincent Minelli • Garald & Joan P. Lawrence Maile & Jordan Le Boeuf Eric Lee Marilyn Lee Jessica Lefebvre Danielle Lei & Rich Harrison • Courtney Little • Lauren & Jason Lockwood Monica Lomas & Sidney Pastur Stephanie Losee + Susannah Mackintosh & Rolando Luciano Morales Loren Madden, in Memory of Rosalyn Madden Tom Malarkey & Nicole Newnham • Nancy Malone & Bruce Brubaker Robert & Tracy Marcial + • Deidre T. Martin & Peter Yaroschuk Jeanne Martin Kathryn Massie Katherine Matsudo Houk & Stephen Houk + Kenneth & Yulia McCall Erik Miller & Dinah Mattick Kara Mitzel Danielle D. & C. Scott Morse Michele Murphy • The Margo Goodwin-Gordon & John Gordon Foundation Jessica Natkin & Blair Biddle Rolf Nelson & Maria Grazia De Angelis Nelson • Christine & Jeffrey Nygaard Oaklandish Brightstar Ohlson Jason Overton • Pacific Gas & Electric Company + • Sofia Palumbo • Jennifer Parker + Mara & Steve Penny Herivelto & Maria R. Pereira • Sonia Pinto-Scherstuhl & Martin Scherstuhl •

Mariaelena & Christopher Quale Jennifer Raven-Harris + Wendy Renz & Healah Rose • Richard & Vicki Rinehart Jennifer Rinna-Hildreth & Casey Hildreth • Melinda Rising & Stephen Waters Benedicte & Nicolas Rodet Mindy Rousseau & Efren Franco • Katherine & Joseph Ruiz Carole Ruwart & Kim Kinna Aida Salazar & John Santos Salesforce + Marinella & Omar Sanchez Jamilah Sanchez & Esau Sanchez-Diaz Arlene Saxonhouse Margaret Schultz & Brian Z. Lewis Susan Sekler & Greg Gurnick Sarah Shanley & Robert Hope Sarah Shores • Silicon Valley Bank + Ian Smith & Marcela Perez • David Smith, in Memory of Krista von Blohn Sports Basement April Stevenson Kacie & Steve C. Stratton Lisa Surman & Shari Oren Nafissa Tayebi & Gary McCoy Bob Tinsman & Melinda De Jesus, in Honor of Ms. Uma Joshi Rosy Torres Floyd Trammell & Kyla Johnson-Trammell Beth Vandervennet & Tim Carless, in Honor of Tristan Carless Alexsandra & Dewayne Walton Samantha Watts & Max Jenny • Denise & David Weinstein • Greg Whiting William Wright Sarah Young • Alan Young


Thank You To Our Generous Supporters (cont.) O SA FI S CA L YEAR 2 022 (JULY 1, 2021 – J U NE 30, 2022) Supporter Circle / $1-$499 Alexander Abajian & Juniper Bauch AbbVie Employee Engagement Fund • Amanda Alba & Shawn Davis Josefina Alvarado-Mena & Emilio Mena Sindri Anderson, in Memory of Kevin Hurley Anonymous (11) ••• Applied Materials Foundation Deitra Atkins Atlassian, Inc. • Natalia Aurrecoechea & Stefan Galvez-Abadia • Naomi Azriel Lisette Bahamondes & Blaine Torpey • Azaria Bailey-Curry & Malhilk Seals Jacqueline & Carlton Baker Debra Balot & Lisa Cohen Jessica & Arthur Bart-Williams Isabelle Bart-Williams Claudia Bastias & Helder Pinto Clarence Berger-Greer & Jim Greer • Jaqueline Bermudez & Omar Perez Rebecca Blum Judith Bowman Kris Bradburn & Jolie M. McRae Lavonne Brighton Jasmine Brown & Concesi Civela Iyanvwa Jennifer Brown Pete Brown Janis Browning Parsons Anna Burrell + • Carmen Bush Monica Calzada


Heather & Jason Cantero Brooke Cartolano & Brandon Cisneros Robert & Elena Chambers + • Momo Chang & Tony Nguyen Anastasia Chavez Savanna Cheer Michael & Christine Chen Brenton Cheng & Terese Gjernes Kev Choice The Clorox Company Foundation • Sharon Coan Margaret Connors, in Memory of Krista von Blohn Bella-Lisa Corsaro & Brett Teeling Pam & Mike Crane Donna De Souza + • Jody De Souza & Linda Amburgey Maria Del Mar Damany & Udayan Damany Anni Delfaro & Marcus Griswold Corinne DeLuca Anna DeRoos Jill Detweiler & Ben Clemens Danine Diew Annette & Christopher Dinsmore Mayodele Dominique & A. Dominick Kim & Shane Donahue Brendan Donohoe + Stephanie Dorris Paul & Jeanne Doty Jeffrey & Romy Douglass, in Honor of Zendaya’s OSA Teachers Richard Dry, in Honor of Dakota Dry • Zoe Ellis Thomas Eppenberger, Jr.

Sonia Escobar Rachel Estrella & Brian Kowal • Scott & Bradee Evans + Elaine Fajardo Amanda & Frank Reeve Farmer Gabriela & Franz Fischer • Doris Floyd, in Honor of Lucella Harrison Jeff Foster Mark Foxton + • Kerri Frederick Kim Friedman Chloe Frommer & Benjamin Kinzer Ashea Fuller Danielle Gabriel Randi Gallenson Lisa & Tom Gendzwill Lauren Gerig & Steven Parfery Randi Gerson Pari Golchehreh Jennifer Gomez-Manuel & Ariel Wolansky Felicia Gonzalez Alisha & Darrell Goodbeer Roger Gould & Cathy Wagner + Dorothy Graham Linda Grant Daniel Green & Susan Eckert John Griffin Jahleel Griffith-Stout & Jorge Lopez Kisha & Severan Grove + • Laurice Guerin Charmain & RJ Harrison Sandra Hietala Miranda Hoffman Jung & Michael Jung Persis Howe Robert Huber Claudia Hung-Haas & Jengiz Haas Gail Isserman

Debra Jackson Martha Jimenez & Cutberto Fragoso Escobar Mawiyah Johnson • Linda Johnson Juliana & Aaron Johnson Kaiser Permanente Community Giving Campaign • Jennifer Keith Kathryn Keslosky • Holly Kimura Julie Kleinman & Mewail Berhe Leo Knudtson • John & Jennifer Kolkhorst Yvonne Kolodny, in Honor of Orion Kolodny Jacqueline Kramer LABID Malina Lake & Michael Short Tamiko Lake Meghan & Ryan Lamberton Josue Landa Levi Strauss & Co. • Maya Levine Dennis Lewenthal, in Honor of Max Blankman Qi Yun Liu & Wai Hung Pang Leticia Lopez Salazar & Jason Salazar Joni Luce & Anthony Baraceros Anna Maria Luera & Tommy James Shepherd, Jr. Lillian Lujan + • Nancy Maguire & Larry Trovinger Velibor Mandic & Anita Sulimanovic • Bob Marcacci Melanie & Benjamin Marcus John Matsubara Nelson & Mika Max Kim McDonald & Martin de Jesus •

Jodi McLellan & John Rukavina T.L. McMillian-Lipner & Matt Lipner Mary McQueen & Ehren Peake Audrey & Andy Menconi Frank & Catherine Mercurio James & Natalia Milner Katya Min & Paul Kim Jo Yi Min Tai Ge Min Jesse & Nicole Mincin + Maya Mirsky & Karoly Lukacs • Myra Mitzman & Richard Doty Muslimah MohammedDioum Stephanie Montero & Patrick Hajduk Santiago Morfin Linda Morse, in Memory of Ronald Morse Kathryn Morse Shannan Moulton Destiny Muhammad Ronald Muhammad & Nicole Wilkins Nicole Neditch Kevin Neely Markel Nicci Abram & Bianca Williams Shevonya Noble Siobhan Noble & John Houde Liam O’Connor Dave & Jackie Olson Albert & Shauna Olson Hong Heather Ondersma & Gregory Dreicer Junko Otani & Guy Chapman Mary & Nana-Yaw Otieku Kimberly & Mark Palmore, II. • George & Mary Parks, in Memory of Kevin Hurley Carl & Celia Pascual Mary & Rick Pascucci Crystal & Mark Pascucci-Clifford Racheal & Nikola Pavkovic David Pepper

Sherna Perez & Jose Perez-Valls • Carmen Perez & Francisco Orozco Jeffrey Perlstein Lisa Plachy + Marie Plette & Mark Streshinsky Daniella Ponet & Gabriel Thompson Rebecca Potter PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC • David Qiu Emily Quinn Patrice Reynolds Petra & Glen Rocha Ruben Rohde & Elizabeth Flanagan Judith L. Roy & Arthur Meyer John Rukavina Valerie Salley Tenysa & Roberto Santiago Mela Saunders Tracy Sawyer • J. Scheib Marty Scherstuhl Shelby Winkler & Mary Schmidt, in Honor of Kathryn Keslosky Arlyle Schultz Lauren Scully Sara & Josh Sens • ServiceNow Nicole Silver Ames Simpson Julianna & Mark Slater Daryl Smith, in Honor of David, Sage, & Matisse Smith Karen Smith & Jordan Shapiro Wendy Snyder & Ronald Stade Russell W. Southall & Valda Earl-Southall Sarah & Nathan Stephens Kate Stern Thomas & Sara Stone, in Memory of Diane Stone • Amy Strauss & Kevin Dugan, in Memory of Kevin Hurley

Elizabeth Suk • Tim Sullivan & Nadia Johnson Chel Svendsgaard + • Abbey & Aaron Taunton • Raina Tempestini & Zephir O’Meara • Delores Thompson Guo Tian Sue Tico & Ben Silbelus Lana Tillis Hagen & Vanessa Tilp Robert & Lynn Tobias Ivy Tom & George Chan Joie Toscano Phu Tran & Tara Ogle Jora Trang & Naru Kwina • Matthew Travisano • Carol Treadwell & Sondre Skatter Elizabeth Treadwell Jessica Turner, in Honor of Will Lewis Sherice Tyler Daniel Villarreal Brenda Wagner Christine Wai Brittany Walker Pettigrew & Jon Pettigrew James Walker Paula Walker Aileen Jayne Wallace Melissa Wathen Mary West Carolyn & Ronald Wetzel Thomas E. & Judith Willging • Iris & Ronald Williams, in Honor of Willard & Phina Chrisentery Jane Williams • Michele & Alfred Williams Linda Wilson, in Memory of Kevin Hurley Athena Xenakis & Christopher Burrows, in Memory of Annie Layne Crystal Yan Lizhen Yang & Hawkin Chan Stephen & Mary Young Ondine Young • Katy Zaugg Paola Zuniga

OSA Board of Directors Josefina Alvarado Mena, Chair Dewayne Walton, Vice Chair Wei-Ling Huber, Secretary Isaac Abid Safia Fasah Amy Omand Sorell Raino-Tsui Jason Reimann Contact Us: Steve Borg Director of Advancement and Marketing (510) 873-8800 advancement@oakarts.org Design: Wayne Smith Photography: Special thanks to Kev Choice, Heidi Cregge, Pablo Cristi, Andrew Junge, Rolando Morales, Tavia Percia, Marie Plette, Linda Ricciardi, Emily Tian, OSA Media Arts, Magdalena Frigo (Leila Mottley photo), and Lyndsay Barstow Photography.


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