Please write to our Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin and city council to approve an increase in city funding for the Berkeley Art Center so that we may continue to fund our exhibitions, increase staffing, and improve our marketing and membership programs. Feel free to edit the sample language in the letter below and email it to:
council@cityofberkeley.info to reach all the council members and the mayor. 

You can also attend the final budget meeting on Tuesday, June 27th at 7pm, Council Chambers - 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Speakers are limited to three, but your presence will be a valuable symbol of encouragement and will make a difference!

Dear City Council and Mayor Arreguin, 

Thank you for the support you have shown to the Berkeley Art Center, one of the most important art establishments in the Bay Area.
With more and more artist spaces closing due to rising rents and permit restrictions, we cannot afford to lose yet another creative resource in Berkeley. We must take action immediately and help preserve the legacy of the Berkeley Art Center. 

Please restore the full budget request of $45K so that BAC can adjust their 2018-19 budget in the face of new lease requirements and operating costs. With only one year to recover from the new lease demands, BAC is expecting to face substantial financial obstacles in order to remain open.

Thank you for your consideration and time. 

Sincerely, [Your Name]

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At a small organization like the Berkeley Art Center, volunteers can make all the difference. Whether you are greeting visitors, entering data, installing artwork, or giving time and money as a board member, your services are invaluable. At a time when many art spaces are struggling to stay open, it is crucial that the artists and visitors who benefit from our existence show their support and advocate for the survival of creative spaces. 

You can contribute in a variety of ways, either by joining the board of directors, gallery sitting, attending a work party, writing letters, and spreading the word.

Please fill out this online survey to tell us more about how you'd like to help. Prospective board members should submit a resume and a brief summary of your interest in Berkeley Art Center. 

We look forward to meeting you!


BAC is looking for experienced art instructors to build engaging workshops for youth and adults. Our workshops are normally held on weekends from 1-4 pm and welcome families from the Berkeley area and beyond. Classes can be drop-in style or time specific and can range from simple to advanced. A stipend ($150) is provided for instructors and materials (up to $100) are provided by BAC. 

If you are interested in proposing a workshop, please provide the following in an email to programs@berkeleyartcenter.org.

  • Contact Info (name, email address, phone number, mailing address)
  • Images from past workshops and/or website link
  • Materials list and estimated budget
  • Detailed description of your workshop and final art project
  • Learning objectives and art project goals (i.e. how project connects to BAC exhibitions or broader educational themes)