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.

Upcoming Events

Afro Urban Society x EastSide Arts Alliance present

SUYA SOCIAL : A Social for Africans and the African Diaspora

Sat Feb 22


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

All-Ages | Food & Drinks (Suya) | Conversation | Short Films | Games | Culture | DJ & Dancing | You, Yo’ Mama & Your Cousins Too


Featuring Live Art by 2AM, Music & Song by Rashida, Nkan Eledua, Ida Karin, BHM Jeopardy, DJ K.LA.V, Afro Caribbean Dance with Alicia, & more

RSVP for Free entry!
Donations Accepted. Support the artists & space
Follow us on IG: @suyaoakland @afrourbansociety

Copper Canyon Press presents…

Book Release Party: A Nail the Evening Hangs On by Monica Sok

Sat Feb 29


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

& Bandung Books

2289 International Blvd. Oakland

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT  •  accessible venue

Join us for a special evening, as we celebrate Monica Sok's debut poetry collection, A NAIL THE EVENING HANGS ON. Featuring a traditional blessing dance by Morodok Khmer Performing Arts & readings by poets Safia Elhillo, Charif Shanahan, Janice Lobo Sapigao, sam sax , Hieu Minh Nguyen, and Charleen McClure. After the show, there will be a book signing next door at Bandung Books. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: In this staggering poetry debut, Monica Sok illuminates the experiences of Cambodian diaspora and reflects on America’s role in escalating the genocide in Cambodia. A NAIL THE EVENING HANGS ON travels from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, where Tuol Sleng and other war museums reshape the imagination of a child of refugees; to New York City and Lancaster, where the dailiness of intergenerational trauma persists on the subway or among the cornfields of a small hometown. Embracing collective memory, both real and imagined, these poems move across time to break familial silence. Sok pieces together voices and fragments—using persona, myth, and imagination—in a transformative work that builds towards wholeness. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of A NAIL THE EVENING HANGS ON (Copper Canyon Press, 2020) and YEAR ZERO, winner of a 2015 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, selected by Marilyn Chin. In 2018, her work was recognized with a "Discovery" Prize from 92Y. She has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Elizabeth George Foundation, National Endowment  for the Arts, Kundiman, Jerome Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Saltonstall Foundation, and others. Currently, Sok is a 2018-2020 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and has taught poetry to Southeast Asian youths at Banteay Srei and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland, CA. She is originally from Lancaster, PA. [Photo Credit: Andria Lo] 

Visit her website here: www.monicasok.com

EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater present…

Radical Imagination #9

Fri March 27th AND

Sat March 28th  


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.



Huarango and EastSide Arts Alliance present…

Huarango – Afro-Peruvian music with influences of jazz, classical, and funk

Sun Feb 9


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

Huarango is based in the Afro-Peruvian musical roots and cultural heritage of its people. Huarango is a contemporary project of Afro-Peruvian music which receives influences of classical music and jazz. Anchored in the strong presence of Afro-Peruvian percussion: Cajon Cajita, and Quijada de Burro (donkey ́s jawbone); instruments that are part of the history of this population and have manifested themselves as symbols of resistance for African descendants in Peru.

This group is led by ​Pierr Padilla ​(Peru)​, musician, dancer and actor, and composed of Javier Trujillo ​(Peru) on guitar, ​Kyla Danysh ​(USA) on violin and ​Pedro Rosales ​(Peru) on percussion. At each concert we have a guest bass player. 

Tickets: brownpapertickets.com and at the door

And don't forget



Bandung Books

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

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Employment opportunities at EastSide Cultural Center!  

Bookkeeper position is currently open

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