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Click the links below to learn about current and past grant recipients and finalists.

2015 Grant Recipient
Attitudinal Healing Connection
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2015 Finalists
Click each organization’s name to access
their website.
ARISE High School >>
Bay Area Children’s Theatre >>
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp >>
Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland Dance Program >>
Cantare Con Vivo/Cantare Children’s Choirs of Oakland >>
Oakland Ballet Company >>
Oakland Youth Chorus >>
Oaktown Jazz Workshops >>
Prescott Circus Theatre >>
Stagebridge Senior Theatre >>

2014 Grant Recipient

2013 Grant Recipient
Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre >>

For more information on the Bell Youth-in-the-Arts Grant, watch our video below:

We believe that the arts enrich the community and contribute to its vitality, as well as being essential to a well-rounded education for youth.

As ongoing cuts in public education typically result in the elimination of the arts programs from schools, we want to be part of the solution to the problem by supporting arts for youth in our community and encouraging other businesses to follow suit.

— Jim Bell CFP®, President and Founder


We are very pleased that for several years we offered an annual $5,000 Bell Youth-in-the-Arts Grant to an Oakland organization helping to further arts education for young people.

2015 Bell Youth-in-the-Arts Grant Awarded to the Attitudinal Healing Connection

After reviewing applications from dozens of outstanding grassroots arts education programs for youth in Oakland, our committee has selected its winner: the Attitudinal Healing Connection of West Oakland, currently in its 25th year of operation. The AHC will use the Bell grant specifically for its Art Esteem Program, as it relates to the award-winning Oakland Superheroes Mural project within Hoover Elementary School, one of Oakland’s most underserved schools. 120 students from third through fifth grades will have rare access to arts education, as well as a platform for creative expression and communication. The program goals are 1) to provide access to special art instruction during art classes, 2) to improve students’ academic outcomes, and 3) to expand AHC’s ability to provide meaningful arts programming and positive youth development to underserved students of Oakland. By the end of the program students will have developed a visual arts vocabulary, and will have enhanced their critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and teamwork abilities. Not only will the program uncover students’ artistic abilities, but it will also promote self-expression and self-value; learning will extend beyond the classroom. One previous program participant said, “The program helped me discover the beautiful things I wanted to create within myself. . . Without the program and my own creativity for art, I would have no reason to live.”


Please check out the list of our 2015 finalists, all deserving! We encourage you to offer them your financial and volunteer support. In addition to providing this list, we intend to feature some of the finalists, each for about a month, with information about their programs, including current activities and wish lists.

We so often hear about problems in our community. We hope you will join us and become part of the solution by supporting local agencies supporting youth in the arts. Let us know if you do!

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