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.

Monday, July 13th at 7 pm join us for a conversation and community activist and Eastside youth  theater director, Eden Jacintohttps://www.facebook.com/EastSideArtsAlliance/live/

All upcoming events at the Cultural Center

have been postponed.

Look for posts on virtual events. 

EBALDC/Asian Resource Center Gallery and EastSide Arts Alliance present…

A Virtual Reception with Artist

Claudio Talavera-Ballon

Somos tierra que anda – We are Earth that Walks

Tuesday July 21 at 7pm  

Available in Spanish with English Simultaneous translation

Somos tierra que anda – We are Earth that Walks tells the story of the Central American migrants in the recent caravans, who are traveling north in search of a better life. The artwork explores the suffering, strife and hopes of those traveling from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries. The exhibit seeks to change the biased narrative portrayed by the media and offer a glimpse of hope. It is also an invitation for needed conversations to help us move beyond this highly charged conflict and towards a solution.


Also featured are women who make the often tragic journey less strenuous for migrants thanks to their compassion, courage, and determination to help. It portrays the women of La Patrona, who feed migrants traveling atop the freight train La Bestia, which carries hundreds of people without access to food or water through treacherous deserts and jungles. The paintings also depict DACA recipients (Dreamers) and community leaders who, through their resistance and dedication, are advocating for those who have completed the journey and are trying to make a new life in the US.


Talavera-Ballón is a Peruvian-born oil painter and muralist based in San Francisco, CA. His work highlights the lives and struggles of farm workers, indigenous people and immigrants throughout Latin America and the US. He has exhibited his works in museums, universities and embassies internationally and in the US, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cusco, the Peruvian Embassy in Washington DC, and Galería de la Raza, San Francisco.  To Join FB Live click here 

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



Dnaga and EastSide Arts Alliance Presents

2 Part Youth Art Class for Girls with Tarika Lewis

Wednesday June 17th and 24th


via Zoom

Sister Tarika Lewis is a cherished visual artist, musician, author, and political activist. This 2 part series is an offering of dNaga and EastSide Arts Alliance's youth program Girl Project, an art and empowerment program geared toward the creative expression and sisterhood of girls aged 11-14, though we make space for our alumni and older sisters in the community to share space as well. Typically we prioritize youth from Oakland's San Antonio district being taught various artistic mediums by Bay Area women of color, but this digital iteration has allowed us more flexibility in our reach. We are excited to offer this workshop to an age range of 11-18 years old. We would like to expose as many young sisters as possible to the talent that is Tarika Lewis. 


Take a deeper look at Girl Project here


Girl Project Balance:: Newsletter 


In the way of materials please utilize whatever you have on hand: pencils, color pencils, paper, construction paper, charcoal, watercolor, pastels. But even if you don't have it all, pencil and paper will get you through the first class and we could potentially send additional materials which if they don't reach you before the first session would be available for the second class. Please let us know if you need materials. 

Lets put our hearts in our hands and create together!!

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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. 

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



COVID -19 | Bay Area Arts & Culture Resource Guide 

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.


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)



Employment Opportunities


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. 

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