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.


The Eastside Cultural Center venue and office is closed until April 7 or lifting of the Shelter in Place order


Community resources during the COVID-19 crisis 

The City of Oakland is working hard to serve the needs of the Oakland community and workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. Please check below outlining resources available to support businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19. 

Unemployment Assistance


This includes Self-Employed workers.


State of CA



Denise Pate

Cultural Funding Coordinator Cultural Affairs Division

Economic & Workforce Development City of Oakland



desk: 510-238-7561

1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 9th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612




Artist Resources











Virtual Open Mic



 Performing Artists Relief Fund




Resources for those who live and work in Oakland

Individuals who work in Oakland have rights to paid sick leave

California’s State Resources for Employers and Workers includes waiving the 1 week waiting period for unemployment and disability insurance.

Keep Oakland Housed provides emergency financial assistance and services to residents at risk of losing their housing. 

We can support Oakland’s small businesses by ordering take-out, purchasing gift cards now, and shopping online.



Bay Area COVID-19 Relief Application for Migrant Youth Community




Our Oakland schools are closed during this time and providing free ‘grab n go’ meals to the many students who rely on them at specific sites. Alameda County Community Food Bank also provides free food assistance to families and individuals through its County-wide network of food pantries and soup kitchens. 

"Bandung Books may be open during this health crisis. We understand that some folks may need a place to be, use the internet, buy a book, have a calm moment…. The bookstore is staffed entirely by volunteers and we are leaving it up to individual volunteers if they want to come in and open the store.  We advise calling the bookstore landline at 510-479-3399 to see if anyone is in. And everyone please remember to not come in if you have any symptoms of a virus or have been exposed to anyone that does. EastSide and Bandung Books also need any donations of hand wipes and cleaning supplies.”










Boosting People Power: 
Bay Area Organizers Respond to COVID-19 
Thursday, April 2
5-7 pm (PST) 

Click Here to Register for Zoom Link 

Join Center for Political Education for an online forum on how Bay Area-based organizations are building power during the current economic and public health crisis.

Thursday, April 2,
5:00-7:00 pm (PST)

Register at: https://politicaleducation.org/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=frm_forms_preview&form=boosting-people-power-bay-area-organizers-respond-to-covid-19

As COVID-19 courses around the globe, the rising death toll and mounting economic crisis lay bare capitalism’s utter inability to keep us safe. As healthcare workers, farmworkers, delivery drivers, grocery workers, and public service workers risk their lives to ensure our collective wellbeing, the Trump administration continues to bail out Wall Street, obstruct the provision of basic medical necessities, and refuse the necessary social supports to keep people safe. Meanwhile, the people of countries such as Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela are suffering under US-imposed economic sanctions that have been steadily eroding their economies and negatively impacting the provision of medical care.

Social movements are also confronting these crises. As shelter-in-place orders roll out across the US, organizers are figuring out creative ways of practicing physical distancing while caring for our communities, building power, forging new alliances, and pushing for bold demands with the possibility to expand the boundaries of what's politically possible.

Join us for a moderated conversation with local organizers to learn more about:

  • how Bay Area movements are responding to the pandemic

  • how to organize creatively under the conditions of physical and social distancing

  • some concrete ways of supporting campaigns pushing forward transformative demands

  • how local movements are engaging with the current electoral cycle to make change at all levels of governance

  • how to be in meaningful solidarity with the working-class and communities of color across the world, especially those most impacted by U.S. imperialism.

Featured speakers include:

More speakers and additional details will be released soon, so stay tuned for updates.

If you have questions or specific accessibility needs, please email us directly at center@politicaleducation.org

We will continue to keep you updated.


All upcoming events has been postponed

EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater present…

Radical Imagination #9


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland


3 Deaf Artists present works in an evening of visual poetry, dance, activism.

Featuring Satoshi Ezoe from Tokyo, Japan

Ayisha Knight-Shaw and Antoine Hunter from Oakland.



EastSide Arts Alliance and dNaga Dance Company presents:

GIRL Project Spring 2020:: Balance


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd 


Girl Project is a dance and artistic expression workshop for girls ages 11-14 years old.

Girls aged 11-14 are invited to participate in a week long workshop of dance, art, and empowerment. Girl Project is a program that encourages sisterhood and creativity amongst the youth of Oakland by providing classes in multiple movement styles, visual art, self defense, spoken word and more. With a culminating showing on April 3rd at 2pm. Register and reserve a spot online at dnaga.org

And don't forget



Bandung Books

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

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