contribute to a video collage
to celebrate EastSide Arts Alliance’s 20th anniversary!
Help us celebrate 20 years of EastSide Arts Alliance and the Malcolm X JazzArts Festival by sending your audio, video, writings, drawings to us we will create a collage that will be posted on Malcolm’s birthday. We are asking folks to respond to any or all of the following prompts:
1. Share a memory of EastSide
2. Inspirations from the Malcolm X JazzArts Festival and/or Malcolm X
3. Why culture is important in this time of ‘Rona
Artists, please feel free to send art: videos of music, poetry, theater, dance, drum, posters, visual art photos of murals
Keep submissions to 1-3 minutes or less.
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…
We are struck now with a global public health crisis - revealing the capitalist greed and neglect that has assaulted Mother Earth. The world has shut down... temporarily, as a warning and providing a potential opening to not go back to business as usual but to upset the set-up and bring on a more progressive social, political, cultural agenda.
With due respect to the environment and the health of our communities, we are postponing this year's Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival, our 20th! (new date to be determined), but we will celebrate Malcolm X on his birthday, May 19th. We will go on-line inviting you to participate as artists and community members.
Lastly, we are asking folks, who are able, to DONATE NOW to help ensure the Cultural Center is here to welcome the community back.
And please - EVERYONE help spread the word about how critical places like the EastSide Cultural Center are to helping communities cultivate trusting relationships and build community power. Long-time supporters should see themselves as AMBASSADORS of FRIENDRAISING -helping us let others know how important culture is right now! This is how we will be able to weather this storm and also be prepared and engaged in determining our futures.