Flax is proud to partner with the following organizations by collaborating towards mutual success to further the arts.
For over 40 years SCRAP has been stimulating creativity and environmental awareness in children and adults through promoting the creative reuse of materials that traditionally have been discarded as waste. They have diverted over 200 tons of materials heading to landfill every year, instead giving valuable arts and crafts supplies a new life.
SCRAP is a nonprofit social enterprise making affordable supplies available to teachers, artists, community organizations, and others in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. They rely upon donations of quality re-usable materials such as textiles, buttons, paper, craft and office supplies, plastics, wood and more to fulfill their mission.
Dragon School is a 501(c)3 organization based in Downtown Oakland/Chinatown. They provide youth and artists a unique place to experiment, collaborate and develop community ownership via artistic avenues. Dragon School's method re-imagines the neighborhood as a shared culture of art, where unity is strengthened by diversity.
Since their start in 2015 they have created over 100 murals in Oakland. In a collaboration with Oakland Art Murmur, you can see for yourself some of those murals in the self-guided Mural Tour through Oakland's Chinatown.
Oakland Art Murmur
Oakland Art Murmur strengthens Oakland’s diverse visual arts communities by providing access to resources, programming, and experiences. Through programs such as 'The Art Murmur', a free monthly First Friday gallery walk as well as the distribution of printed maps and an engaging website, Oakland Art Murmur connects and sustains Oakland’s vibrant visual arts culture to engage and enrich the Oakland community. Find the new self-guided Mural Tour through Oakland's Chinatown here.
OAM member venues offer over 100 free Saturday programs for the public during the year, including artists talks, panel discussions, curator’s introductions, artist’s performances, concerts, film screenings, art demonstrations, and book signings. OAM continues to contribute to the economic health and reputation of downtown Oakland by filling storefronts, attracting new visitors and residents to the area, and providing a positive and engaging cultural experience for those who come.
Oakland First Fridays
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland's KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
East Bay Open Studios
The Annual East Bay Open Studios Event has been an ongoing tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years. Formerly organized by Pro Arts, a non-profit art organization based in Oakland, the event is now produced by Dream World Media led by Carolyn Quan, an award-winning, internationally-collected fine artist, and artist advocate.
Open Studios are free self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces. The art-loving, art-collecting public enjoys one-on-one interactions with the artists and artisans and have the opportunity to learn about what inspires the artists and purchase art directly from them. Artist venues can range from gallery settings, art studios, home studios, outdoor venues and other alternative exhibition spaces. Printed guidebooks and online artist directories guide visitors to the artist studios and exhibition spaces around the entire East Bay where the participating artists show.
Artists United is a nonprofit organization inviting artists of every medium, every genre, every stripe to share and exchange knowledge, access high-powered, collective tools, and embrace new ways of working together as a global force for good. Our mission is to empower individual artists to create excellent art and to unite all artists to create social change. We are based in the United States, headquartered in Oakland, CA, but our network and reach are worldwide. Artists who work alone create art. Artists who work together create change.
MOCHA: Museum of Children's Arts
MOCHA develops interactive spaces where children and their families create, share and connect through art. A pioneer in arts education, MOCHA provides training and tools for educators, parents and youth development professionals with an emphasis on outreach to economically at-risk communities. MOCHA is committed to providing arts education opportunities to East Bay schools, libraries and communities. MOCHA's museum offers a broad variety of programs including interactive exhibits, artists-in-residence, open studios, art parties, field trips, and art camps. MOCHA teaching artists lead residencies in Bay Area schools, libraries and after-school sites through School and Community Programs. MOCHA also supports educators and teachers in integrating art into their curriculum and school culture. Their programs reach over 35,000 children and family members each year.
AHC: Attitudinal Healing Connection
Founded in 1989, the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. (AHC) in West Oakland, CA, is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit and a member of the global network of Attitudinal Healing Centers.
Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC) builds healthy communities by breaking the cycle of violence. AHC provides platforms for creative expression and communication for children, youth, adults and families through their educational programs, workshops, events and healing circles, they cultivate skills in personal development, community leadership and the arts.
Pro Arts is an Oakland-based organization that encourages change in and through the arts to invigorate our communities. Pro Arts champions new art practices and emerging forms of cultural production through an institutional platform which fosters collaboration and the cross-pollination of ideas. Pro Arts supports contemporary artists directly through exhibitions, commissions, residency programs, research, satellite projects, digital platforms and publications. Annually, Pro Arts presents over 200 artists, conducts over 700 art education programs for youth, and reaches an audience of over 10,000.
Chapter 510 provides free in-school tutoring, creative writing workshops and publishing opportunities for K-12 students in Oakland. Chapter 510 is a volunteer-powered organization that recognizes young people’s ability to communicate powerfully through words and print. Working in schools since 2013, they recently signed a lease in downtown where they are building Oakland's very first writing center for youth. In the next two years, Chapter 510 will open a writing center, retail and community space: a dynamic resource for all students, families, teachers, and volunteers.
The Crucible is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry, and community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design, while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public in the Bay Area. Known for one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs, The Crucible is also highly regarded for its innovative performances.
Kala Art Institute
Kala Art Institute’s mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in- Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs and education. Artists at Kala work across disciplines from printmaking and performance to installation and media arts. Kala’s high quality printmaking and multimedia studios are located in Berkeley, CA.