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.
Twenty years ago, EastSide Arts Alliance set out to create a Third World Cultural Center to serve and unite the Black, Brown, Asian & Indigenous communities that compose East Oakland. EastSide began as a progressive fusion of cultural collectives of color which organized a steady stream of art programs, town hall forums, youth workshops, and visual exhibitions at the EastSide Cultural Center (now including a Third World archives and bookstore). We also deliberately gathered our respective communities to celebrate at an annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival at San Antonio Park. Each year we celebrate our evolving traditions and continuing political struggles and lift-up Malcolm X because he represents Black self-determination and Third World unity as an alternative societal and cultural strategy. Jazz is celebrated as African American classical music, made universal, and this country's greatest cultural contribution to the world - another opportunity to unite our communities through a celebration of Jazz in all its forms - Latin Jazz, straight ahead, jazz and hip hop….Continue Reading
Live Arts in RESISTANCE (LAIR) VIRTUAL is a livestream program talking with local artists about their artistic work, dreams and community work.
Monday, May 25th at 7 pm join us for a conversation and singing with artist and musician Dohee Lee. https://www.facebook.com/EastSideArtsAlliance/live/
All upcoming events at the Cultural Center
have been postponed.
Look for posts on virtual events.
The Eastside Cultural Center venue and office is closed until the lifting of Shelter in Place
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.
This includes Self-Employed workers.
State of CA
Cultural Funding Coordinator Cultural Affairs Division
Economic & Workforce Development City of Oakland
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 9th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
COVID -19 | Bay Area Arts & Culture Resource Guide
Virtual Open Mic
Resources for those who live and work in Oakland
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.
Newly launched portal for all affordable housing in Alameda County
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
California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
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.