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.
Self Respect, Self Defense, Self Determination
The ongoing onslaught of police & vigilante killings of African Americans around the country is symptomatic of the broadening repression in U.S. society’s rapid swing to the right, also characterized by the buildup of a fascistic prison industrial complex and an emboldened xenophobic commander-in-cheif.
The just call for Black Power identifies the struggle between Black people and oppressive political systems in the US and globally that are based on White Supremacy.
Black Power is a critical challenge to the hypocrisy of so-called American democracy and points to the disempowerment and disfranchisement of Black and all oppressed communities of color.
So we say: BLACK POWER MATTERS and support calls to DEFUND THE POLICE and DEFEND BLACK LIVES. This is a call to organize. We must continue to support organizations, alliances, united fronts and coalitions within and between our communities.
A global uprising demanding systemic changes in how we govern our own communities is underway. EastSide’s work is devoted to raising the cultural consciousness of our respective communities to fight for political empowerment. In the continuum of the artists and activists who came before us, are committed to:
SELF RESPECT - To raise political and cultural awareness and values based on a progressive and de-colonized national consciousness
SELF DEFENSE - To recognize police repression as a key component of institutional racism and White Supremacy and as an inherent feature of U.S. Capitalism.
SELF DETERMINATION - Community control of our institutions and political empowerment for Black and all Third World and oppressed peoples.
Live Arts in RESISTANCE (LAIR) VIRTUAL is a livestream program talking with local artists about their artistic work, dreams and community work.
On September 22, 2020, join us for a conversation between Anne Huang, Executive Director of World Arts West and CK Ladzekpo.
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.