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 Leehttps://www.facebook.com/EastSideArtsAlliance/live/

All upcoming events at the Cultural Center

have been postponed.

Look for posts on virtual events. 

EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater present…

LAIR VIRTUAL is a livestream program talking with local artists about their artistic work, dreams and community work.

The gatherings will happen every Monday starting April 20 at 7 pm. We will be streaming from EastSide Arts Alliance's Facebook Page. A link will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram. We hope to see you there!

Mondays at 7 pm
Amara T. Smith April 27th
Dana E Fitchett May 4th
Cat Brooks May 11th
Regina Evans May 18th

Dohee Lee May 25

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!! 

​EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater present…

Ayotzinapa and the 43 in the context of the current Mexican Administration: A virtual conversation with Omar García

Friday, May 29, 7-8:30pm

This conversation will be in Spanish with English interpretation.

Zoom (Spanish with English Interpretation): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87334379487


Facebook LIVE (Only Spanish): https://www.facebook.com/JoeGoodePerformanceGroup


As part of NAKA Dance Theater’s BUSCARTE Project and in association with EastSide Arts Alliance, we will have a virtual conversation with Omar Garcia, a survivor of the student massacre of September 26, 2014 which occurred in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. Since that date, he has been a powerful organizer and advocate in the search for the missing 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa.

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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. 

Cultural work is important right now as we all look for ways to stay connected and also to imagine a better world. We do not intend to go back to “business as usual”. Artists will help us visualize and realize a world that does not focus on racism and greed but one that supports self-determination and freedom. The EastSide Cultural Center will be there to welcome and support the community. Please CLICK HERE to help make sure of it by becoming a Roots Supporter giving a monthly amount helps us build a stable and secure organization. Thank you for all of your support. 
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