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

EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater present: LIVE ARTS IN RESISTANCE

Movement for Liberation/dana e. fitchett

Fri Jan 24, 8pm Followed by discussion

Sat Jan 25, 8pm Followed by a house music dance party

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland 94606


In NEVERFOUNDNEVERLOST, dana e. fitchett uses movement to explore relationships between identity, memory, language, and multiple types of migration: of a population across space and time; of a people’s culture; of a single person over the course of a lifetime; and of a person’s identity across time, as informed by place and more. The title of the work expresses a core value of fitchett’s work: the value of being—being present, being true, being indulgent of the distinctness one is born with. The resulting work is more meditation than proclamation. More rejoicing ritual than performance. More scrapbook than prose. The piece is composed of several live dance and film vignettes, choreographed to a range of African diasporic sound with an emphasis on jazz and Afro-soulful house music.





LIVE ARTS IN RESISTANCE is a dynamic series of performances, artist residencies and community town halls to address racial inequity and white supremacy in popular culture. Together we push the boundaries of our practices and contemplate our role and responsibility in connecting the many struggles of our respective communities both locally and globally.


LAIR is made possible with the support from William Flora Hewlett Foundation, Rainin Foundation, Caw Foundation and individual donors.

EastSide Arts Alliance’s Final Fridays Films presents…

IN MOTION: Works-In-Progress by Oakland Filmmakers

Fri Jan 31, 7pm 

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

FREE EVENT, donations accepted  •  delicious refreshments served

Four local filmmakers will share recent films and new works-in-development. Curated by Tony Nguyen, the artists will discuss their creative process and the state of indie filmmaking in the Bay.


*Fruits of Labor by Emily Cohen Ibañez. A Mexican-American teenager dreams of graduating high school when ICE raids threaten to separate her family and force her to become the breadwinner.

*The Slow Burn by Benjamin Michel. An auto mechanic attempts to reinvent himself as a quantum physicist in the midst of a tumultuous romantic relationship.

*Interpreting Freedom by Ina Adele Ray. Uber driver and big box store security professional Bahroz Mohmand shares his experiences in Afghanistan as an interpreter for the U.S. Special Forces.

*Who Loves You, Tony Nguyen? by Tony Nguyen. A son's quest to solve the mystery of his father's identity. 

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