Welcome to the EastSide Arts Alliance & Cultural Center!

We are an organization of Third World artists, cultural workers, and community organizers of color committed to working in the San Antonio and other Oakland neighborhoods to support a creative environment that improves the quality of life for our communities and advocates for progressive, systemic social change.


Live Arts in RESISTANCE (LAIR) VIRTUAL is a livestream program talking with local artists about their artistic work, dreams and community work.

EastSide Arts Alliance

The Youth Anti-Displacement Cohort Seeks Youth:

Help prep and run an Art & Healing community event

Application due Friday, APRIL 30, 2021

Zoom and the EastSide Garage on 23Ave

The Youth Anti-Displacement Cohort needs your help!!
We are seeking 4 volunteers to help us prep and run an Art & Healing community event in our Oakland neighborhood. All volunteers will be stipend $150 after the event.

Volunteer Meeting Dates/Times:
1. May 7th, 2021 6pm - 7pm (Zoom)
2. May 15th, 2021 1pm - 3pm (In-person @ Eastside Garage)
3. May 21st, 2021 6pm - 7pm (Zoom)
4. May 28th, 2021 6pm - 7pm (Zoom)
5. May 29th, 2021 10am - 5pm (Day of the Event!)

Please note that we will be taking all needed precautions to stay safe during any in-person meetings (mandatory mask usage & social distancing). If there are any questions please let us know below.

We will share more information about our event and meetings, once our sign-up is closed on April 30th.


Get application here



Bandung Books and Eastside Arts Alliance present

Black Panther Tales of Wakanda Anthology Authors

Jesse J. Holland, Editor | Sheree Renée Thomas |Glenn Paris | Milton Davis

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021


Facebook Live

Join Bandung Books and Eastside Arts Alliance on Facebook Live May 15th for a virtual author talk from writers of the newly released Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda Anthology!


We will be joined by Black Speculative Fiction authors Jesse J. Holland, Sheree René Thomas, Glenn Parris, and Milton Davis for a conversation on the newly released anthology. Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase at Bandung Books!


This author talk will be live streamed to Eastside Arts Alliance’s Facebook Page Saturday May 15th at 1pm.




EastSide Arts Alliance & NAKA Dance Theater present

LAIR Virtual: Weaving Past & Present – a ceremonial basket in mosaic tile. 

Linda Yamane & Susanne Takehara in conversation.


7 p.m. PDT

Facebook Live

Join us on Facebook Live as the artists speak about the history of the ceremonial baskets and the creation of the mosaic.



STATEMENT FROM LINDA YAMANE, Ohlone Artist and Basketweaver
“In 2012, when I completed this Ohlone ceremonial basket — and another for the Oakland Museum of California — they were the first of their kind to be made in about 250 years. It was my joy and honor to bring their beauty back into the world again.
This basket speaks to the creativity and skill of Ohlone artisans of the past, who transformed sticks and roots, feathers and shells, into remarkable works of art. May this stunning mosaic by Susanne Takehara remind us of Oakland’s first peoples, their resourcefulness, and their thoughtful relationship with the land.”


Read more here




Artist Talk: Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell

Related Exhibition Bay Area Walls
THURSDAY, Apr 22, 2021

4 p.m. PDT


Free and open to the public.

Join SFMOMA in supporting artists Adrian L. Burrell and Erina Alejo. Log in for an online conversation with these two brilliant photographers whose photographs are shown together (Floor 3, through Sep 6) as part of the series Bay Area Walls. In these commissions, both artists respond to the storefront murals and signage that have appeared in San Francisco and Oakland during the pandemic. Alejo and Burrell will be in conversation with scholars Dr. Tiffany E. Barber and Kazumi Chin. 

This event is co-presented with Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and in partnership with Kearny Street Workshop.

About the Speakers 

Artist and researcher Erina Alejo, born and raised in San Francisco, works across time and place to construct archives on labor, displacement, family, and communal history. Alejo’s SFMOMA commission, My Ancestors Followed Me Here, explores the textures, cultural landmarks, objects, and people along San Francisco’s vibrant Mission Street before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Born and raised in Oakland, Adrian L. Burrell is a storyteller who uses photography, film, and site-specific installation to examine issues of race, class, gender, and intergenerational dynamics. His SFMOMA commission, It’s After the End of the World, Don’t You Know That Yet?, is a collective self-portrait that examines the normalized violence inflicted on Black lives in American society.  


Dr. Tiffany E. Barber (moderator) is a scholar, curator, and critic of visual art, new media, and performance of the Black diaspora, who has published widely on abstraction, Afrofuturism, Black feminist praxis, dance, and fashion. 


Kazumi Chin (moderator) is a poet, educator, and student of cultural studies at UC Davis. 

PHOTO: Erina Alejo (left); photo: Evelyn Anderson. Adrian L. Burrell (right); photo: Nikk La. 

EastSide Arts Alliance, Dnaga GirlProject Presents.

Lemonade Crunchy Ice


4-5:30 PM PST 

Online via ZOOM

Power and Joy GP Fam! GP is gearing up for a new precious session of creativity and togetherness with Master Teachers Ellen Sebastian Chang, Tarika Lewis, Indigo Mateo, Hamida Yusufzai, and Claudine Naganuma!!!! We are excited y'all!. We got plans to play and build in this 4 part program celebrating Food, Art and Rituals. Every Wednesday 4-5:30pm PST Starting Feb 17- May 22. Fill out Registration form by giving a visit to girlproject.org for more details.

EastSide Arts Alliance, Black Cultural Zone, Bandung Books, and Nomatic Press presents:

Outdoor Reading with the Poets of Patrice Lumumba: An Anthology of Writers on Black Liberation.


12:30 PM PST 

LIBERATION PARK, 7101 Foothill Blvd (Above Eastmont Mall)


Community!Come out and show your support at Liberation Park and experience this free, Covid safe, outdoor reading with the Poets of Patrice Lumumba. Temperature taken upon entry.

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater, and Amara T. Smith Present...

LAIR: back and FORTH / Jennifer Johns



Facebook Live


Jennifer Johns is a powerhouse, vocalist, songwriter, producer, activist, and entrepreneur who creates sounds, experiences, and products that are sure to stir your soul, inspire your mind and move your body.  
Ms. Johns has taken her brand of “afro-diasporic world music” all over the globe, rocking stages from Denver to Dusseldorf, Los Angeles to London, Kuala Lumpur to Kampala. Jennifer has shared line ups with some of the best in the business including the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Capelton, Ziggy Marley, Gil Scott Heron, Wyclef, Les Nubian, De La Soul, and Common to name just a few.  
Jennifer’s journey as a recording artist began in 2004 with the underground success of her first album, HeavyElectroMagneticSoularPoeticJungleHop. Songs like the title track “Heavy” with its accompanying artfully futuristic video, broke through the national and international underground soul and hip hop scene making Jennifer a notable force in her field.  
In 2008, Jennifer shifted her attention from the entertainment industry to leveraging her art for social movements. Immediately she began to find herself sharing stages with thought leaders like Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith, Van Jones, Phaedra Ellis-Lampkins, Malkiya Cyril, Dr. Shawn Ginwright, and more. Her brand of soul-inspiring sounds has landed her gigs at The Kennedy Center, The Apollo, and on stage for both NFL World Bowl and The NFL Hall of Fame.  
Over the last 8 years, Jennifer has also become a Green For All Fellow, a BoldFood Fellow, Artist in Residence at Food First, the First Artist in Residence at Langston Hughes Center for Performing Arts Institute, and a Montalvo Performing Arts Guest Fellow.  
In February of 2016, Jennifer began a journey called The F.U.N. Manifesto to ask people about their ideas of freedom. What was meant to be a three-week trip became a 10-month odyssey that ultimately produced Jennifer’s first official release in nearly 10 years, AZANIA.  
While in most circles Jennifer is best known as a musician and activist, in the last 5 years since returning from Soth Africa, Jenn has explored more creative ways of being through performance installations and visual arts. In the summer of 2018, Jennifer presented Liv: A Ritual for Humanity at Montalvo’s Art on The Grounds where she simulated a citizen’s and ancestor’s arrest of a police officer. In the fall of 2019, she wrote poetry, story, and songs for reD:zONE a ritual and choreopoem. A stage performance on transmuting sexual trauma into the awareness of one's own divine power and joy. Produced by Kendra Barnes of K-Star Productions at Oakland’s historic Malonga Casquelourd Center. In the winter of 2020 Jenn presented Good Medicine at Zoo Labs, a series of images or "super -doodles", as Jenn likes to call them, accompanied by 3 songs produced by Kev Choice and vocals by Jenn. In the fall of 2020, Jenn collaborated again with Kendra Barnes and K Star Productions for a video installation featuring Movement by KKDE and music/story by Jenn under the working title Resilience in Joy. 
In the months to come, you will see more of Jenn's work through The F.U.N. Manifesto portal a place for Jenn's supporters to get to know one another. "After returning to cities year after year for shows, I began to realize that right in front of me was a little bit of everything a community needs to thrive- from bankers to teachers to developers to arts to students and though they lived in the same communities they didn't know one another. Music has the unique ability to bring diverse and sometimes divergent groups together in a way that when used well can change the world". Says Johns. Inspired by the ideals of groups like the Grateful Dead and Bob Marley, Jenn is building an online market

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater, and Amara T. Smith Present...

LAIR: back and FORTH / Zakiya Harris



Facebook Live


Cultural architect and sh8peshifter

Zakiya Harris, affectionately known as Sh8peshifter, is a woman charting her own path in life. A Cultural Architect, she has over 2 decades of experience working at the intersections of Art, Education and Spiritual Entrepreneurship. Zakiya is the co-founder of nationally recognized projects Impact Hub Oakland, The Black Permaculture Network, Hack the Hood and a Culture Bank West Oakland Fellow. Currently, she serves as the Business Navigator for ArtsWeb, a decentralized community that connects community-based artists with business service providers. Zakiya is a published author and intuitive life coach on a mission to midwife purpose driven women from stagnation to activation through creativity and wellness. As a successful performance artist, she has released two EP’s and is also the company member of Ase Dance Theater Collective and House Full of Black Women. Awards and recognitions include the Ella Baker Center Future Leaders Award and YBCA 100. In 2019, she traveled to Osogbo, Nigeria where she became initiated as a priest of Oya in the West African Spiritual tradition of Isese. In her spare time, you can find her near a body of water, reading Octavia Butler, cooking with her 15 year old daughter.

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater, and Amara T. Smith Present...

LAIR: back and FORTH / brontë velez

TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021 


Facebook Live


Transdisciplinary artist
brontë velez

brontë’s work and rest is guided by the call that “black wellness is the antithesis to state violence” (Mark Anthony Johnson). as a black-latinx transdisciplinary artist, designer, trickster, educator and wakeworker, their eco-social art praxis lives at the intersections of black feminist placemaking & prophetic community traditions, environmental justice, and death doulaship.

they embody this commitment of attending to black health/imagination, commemorative justice and hospicing systems of oppression through serving as creative director for Lead to Life design collective, educator for ancestral arts skills and nature-connection school Weaving Earth, and quotidian black queer lifemaking ever-committed to humor & liberation, ever-marked by grief at the distance made between us and all of life.

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater, and Amara T. Smith Present...

LAIR: back and FORTH / Nicia De'Lovely

TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2021 at 7 PM PST


Facebook Live


Oakland, CA native Nicia De'Lovely is an acclaimed published poet, creative, multifaceted artist, anti child-molestation/CSEC advocate, community servant and spirited survivor. She creates provocative survivor-based performances for education and healing of sexual traumas and other offenses committed against our marginalized populace under the production name, "Nicia De'Lovely Presents." In 2019 her provocative one-woman debut show, GET UNCOMFORTABLE, earned her a Best of the San Francisco Fringe Award. 

Since 2004 Nicia has sown compassion throughout the Bay Area by holding healing gatherings and reciting at women shelters, community centers, places of worship, grade school campuses and universities. As a former event coordinator for Sony Ent., she lends her skills to non-profit fundraisers, while continuing to host her own empowering community events throughout the year. Her once monthly Pad-bag Pop-up has become an anticipated event, where she invites community to join her in passing out toiletries to our displaced sisters.

In 2018, Nicia was called by her mentor Regina Evans to participate in a significant project designing a healing wall for Conjure and Mend, a safe haven for survivors and Abolitionists of CSEC, co-owned by Amara Tabor-Smith. The experience further nurtured Nicia’s enthusiasm for using multiple textures to create mesmerizing altars and backdrops. Since then, she has added textile artist and scenic designer to her portfolio, with work appearing in local premier productions.

EastSide Arts Alliance Presents...

LAIR Virtual:You Are Beloved Mural Reception


6:30-7:30 PM PST 

Facebook Live


EastSide community! Join us for a virtual reception on January 12th at 7 pm, honoring the latest mural "You are Beloved" painted by great local graffiteras and muralistas: Cece Carpio, Leslie Lopez, Priya Handa, Frankie Gámez, Angelica Lopez, Inbal Rubin, and Sarai. "You are Beloved," the mural, is part of The Project Sarai Mural and Beloved: An Insistence, led by Regina Evans and Amara Tabor Smith in collaboration with EastSide Arts Alliance.

We believe that art can be healing and transformative when the intention is clear. The Project Sarai Mural and Beloved: An Insistence are part of an ongoing commitment by artists, spiritual warriors, activists and abolitionists working together to end the culture of misogyny, child abuse, sexual violence and rape in our communities; and repair our collective humanity.

EastSide Arts Alliance uses arts and culture as a way to build community power and self-determination. We have been serving our neighborhood for over 20 years. We now have a third generation coming to our cultural center. We are dedicated to building deep connections between and among working class & low-income communities of color, communities whose histories, stories and cultures are actively erased from mainstream narratives. Through year-round programming at our cultural center and other public spaces in East Oakland, EastSide provides an example of how progressive artwork and the growing traditions of cultural offerings offer a creative framework for community solidarity and inclusivity. 

Mural photo: Mark Lilly; Mural detail photos: Joe Keefe 

The HAVEN ProjectEast Side Arts Alliance and RyanNicole presents..

HAVEN Video Premiere: Bay Area Artists for Housing Justice

On Sunday, November 1st HAVEN premiered a special video project by Bay Area Artists for Housing Justice. 

Full Length Video To Come​

Featuring: RyanNicole, Jenn Johns, Kev Choice, Daveed Diggs, Goapele, Fantastic Negrito, Ruby Ibarra, Destani Wolf, Karega Bailey, Chris Riggins, Rocky Rivera, Gina Madrid, Zumbi, Alan Dones, Don Reed, and more!

HAVEN is a cultural media production and distribution initiative for housing justice aimed at local Bay Area voters.  It is a project of EastSide Arts Alliance conceived by artist-activist Ryan Austin (RyanNicole).

HAVEN engages local artists, media makers, experts, and leaders in the field to share their perspectives, experiences and testimonies on housing justice.  Through the creation and distribution of social justice media, HAVEN invites members of a community to radically imagine more just neighborhoods and cities.


We know that traditional campaign messaging can shift voter behavior for short-term electoral wins.  HAVEN hopes to use cultural media from popular and trusted artists to shift voter values and sentiments towards long-term and comprehensive, equity and justice actions and voting. Our supposition is that if popular media propagates songs, shows, fashion, and art that asserts a “brothers/sisters keeper” message, it will lead to a cultural shift towards collective caretaking, encompassing fair and equitable housing, education, medical care, etc.

For more info visit http://havenprojectoakland.com/

EastSide Arts Alliance and dNaga Dance Company presents:

GIRL Project Virtual Hangouts:: Balance

Cyber Space via Zoom

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm 


Girl Project is maintaining weekly hour long hangouts via zoom where we kick it, take some time to catch up, create art, and get to see each others faces. All GP family is invited, alumni and current! 

Girl Project wants to remains here for our girls the best way we now how, by creating space and spending time together. Email to receive the zoom link and we will see you there!! 

And don't forget




We are a Third World Cultural Center in the Fruitvale/San Antonio District in the East Oakland community– meaning we serve the diverse Black, Brown & Asian neighborhoods that populate our city.

One of our priorities involves SECURITY and SAFETY for People of Color in our underserved, poor & struggling communities which we know they are all under pressure to survive.

Sometimes survival means committing fratricide in our desperate communities (like the spike of violence especially in east Oakland); Sometimes it overflows into other ethnic neighborhoods, like the recent muggings in Chinatown. We need a bold and smart solution to address this repeating history that cannot be solved by increasing the number of the repressive police forces. Oakland has been “investigated” for nearly 20 years from the Feds for corrupt rampant police brutality and “rogue” cops. But we understand the source and role of policing since the history of slavery!

Defunding the Police is first step to protect our communities with intelligent policies that understand the source of our oppression – We need active intervention with community voices, progressive cultural consciousness, mental health dialogue, and better social services that address our concerns and needs ... for a start ...

We need more cooperation between our communities to build solidarity because that is the only way we can truly solve this crisis and ultimately empower our community. As third world people we continue to fight and struggle collectively to end oppression and violence against all of us in our communities and the world.

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