Congratulations to the Digital Media Filmmaker's Challenge team for winning the Grand Prize at Christopher Coppola's PAH Fest with their film "Second Chance." Great Job to Asha Thomas, Liam Paull, Schorl Brest van Kempen, Domenico Delgado, and Sage Smith. Special thanks to Joe Lahrs, Blu Gengo, Charles Cheeks, and Josiah Berkov-Kemp. 

Feeling OSA proud!  Great job Adrian Marcel, Class of 2007!

Congratulations to Zachary Fernandez who just won the competition on Lifetime's premiere series of "Project Runyway:Threads"

OSA Students Win Best Song By An Under 18 Oakland Band In The 2014 Oakland Mayhem Contest..

The band is named The Jamming Nachos and their song "Anytime Anywhere" was selected by producers of the Oakland Mayhem contest as the best song of those submitted in their age group. Over 1,400 songs were submitted between the contest's 6-categories. OSA IM Student Jasmine Amber Stade's group The Bayonettes were runners up in the Under 18 category so congrats to them.

The Jamming Nachos feature current OSA IM Student Fatir Muhammad on lead guitar and Literary Arts Student Elena Ruiz on Lead Vocals. The band also features a pair of OSA alums Rasul Madyun on bass and Messiah Foster on keyboards and Skyline High School graduate Jeremiah Cobbs on drums.

The band was also one of the finalists in the 2014 Oakland's Got Talent competition.

The Jamming Nachos will be among the other contest winners performing live at The Oakland Mayhem Festival on Friday, November 14. The band goes on at 8PM sharp. The event will be held at The Awaken Cafe on Broadway near 14th street in downtown Oakland. Please come out and show some support for these awesome OSA students.

Listen to the their winning song

For more info on The Jamming Nachos: 
Twitter @jammingnachos

349Just in time for the Day of the Dead, the School of Visual Art is collaborating with the Oakland Museum on a special exhibit: 
The 8th and 12th grade students created masks commemorating the dead and their works will be on display at the Oakland Museum from October 8, 2014 to January 8, 2015. Students were encouraged to find meaningful symbols to express their project either conceptually or in a more traditional fashion. 

The results are inspiring and poignant: a grandmother known only through photographs and oral history; a beloved family cat; a classmate and friend; a nurturing grandfather; the loss of a celebrity and more. Each mask tells a story without words.

In addition, the students wrote artist's statements to explain the meaning of their images.

Congratulations Visual Art students on creating such amazing work!

Production Design's own Zachary Fernandez is on the premiere episode of Lifetime's "Project Runway: THREADS"!  Congratulations Zachary and PD!

Today I had the privilege of spending the morning at the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) in downtown (or Uptown, if you prefer) Oakland. This school was founded in 2002 and housed in the lovely, historic Fox Theater. It is a public charter school with about 650 students in grades 6 through 12 who specialize in one of the following disciplines: dance, digital media, instrumental music, figure skating, literary arts, production design, theatre, visual art, or vocal music. With the school being tuition-free despite all the additional resources required to offer such an incredible menu of artistic choices, the school relies  on donations and grants. It was wonderful to walk the hallways of OSA and pass dance studios, music studios, art studios, biology classrooms, and Spanish classrooms! The halls were buzzing with much more than just music– there was so much student energy and passion!


We are very pleased to announce that Chloe Ashley has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT, the qualifying test used for National Merit Scholarship consideration. Congratulations Chloe!