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2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA, 94606 ph: 510-533-6629
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May 2016 Events at EastSide Cultural Center



16th Annual


Saturday, May 21, 11-7pm

San Antonio Park, Oakland

Oakland, CA - EastSide Arts Alliance proudly presents the 16th Annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival on Saturday, May 21, 2016 (11 am – 7pm) at San Antonio Park, Oakland. This unique Oakland-based festival celebrates Malcolm X’s vision to bring together communities of color to work to determine their own destiny.

Now a local tradition, Malcolm X JazzArts Festival is one of the only remaining FREE outdoor festivals in Oakland providing a space for the grassroots communities of color to find common ground through a rich legacy of Black music and the evolution of Third World Arts Movements.

The festival’s intention is to bring new audiences to appreciate and support Jazz, an art form birthed out of the African American experience, but that also has resonance and deep meaning for other communities who share parallel experiences of struggle.

The theme of this year’s festival is Seize the Time – celebrating the 50 th anniversary of the Black Panther Party and also recognizing the time to more quickly in ensuring that communities of color still have a place in Oakland. We will be highlighting the work to build a Black Cultural Zone in East Oakland as a part of this strategy.




EastSide and the San Antonio Cultural Council presents

Neighborhood Events at San Antonio Park

In 2015, EastSide led the formation of the San Antonio Cultural Council, made up of neighborhood organizations, schools and residents dedicated to preserving, continuing and adding to the rich tapestry of cultural celebrations that occur in our San Antonio, Oakland neighborhood.

We are saddened by the hemorraghing of long-time residents, communities and cultures at the hands of development and gentrification, and have come together to hold our communities of color up through cultural celebration.

In collaboration with Oakland Parks and Recreation, the Cultural Council is dedicated to holding annual events for the community at San Antonio Park.

The council has representatives from: Casa Che/La Clinica, Roosevelt Middle School, Oakland High School, Amor Eterno Art Gallery, AYPAL (Asian Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership), and EastSide Arts Alliance, along with long time San Antonio residents and neighborhood groups.







Download EastSide's Black Power Matters and

Black Resistance Matters Posters

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Photos by Armael Malinis of Mass Bass



BLOCK PARTY #2, 44th Ave and International Blvd

Thanks to all the neighborhood folks, community groups, vendors, performers, car lovers and Oakland die-hards for supporting such a great event!


This whole year, we are hosting a series of block parties along International Blvd as part of our Oakland is Proud project, aiming to create a public space for families, organizations, businesses and residents to enjoy each other, their community and engage in pressing issues like displacement and gentrification that are affecting their neighborhoods.


Thanks to Our Performers:

Mass Bass
Beats Flows
Spear of the Nation
Unity Grooves with Howard Wiley & Faye Carol
Rico Pabon and friends
Press Play Poets
excerpts from the Anastasio Project


Thanks to Our Food Vendors:

No Worries Food Truck and Casa Jimenez Restaurant


Also special thanks to the following:

East Bay Chevs, CURYJ, Black Organizing Project, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, One Land One Struggle, Xicana Moratorium Coalition, 67 Suenos, Palestinian Youth Movement, ONYX Organizing Committee, Arab Resource Organizing Center, Roses in Concrete Community School, Casa Che, Community Planning Leaders, All African People's Revolutionary Project and more!


Watch and Read About Our Block Parties!



Our last block party in October 2014 was a great day in the neighborhood! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Black and Chicano Arts Movements, the party brought out all our neighbors and allies. Music, dance, theater, food, murals and altars accompanied vendors and open houses throughout the block.

Our recent coverage by KTOP:

Local Press Events - Oakland Eastside Arts Alliance Community Block Party 2014 from KTOP TV10 on Vimeo.


A recent article and picture galleries about the block party from Oakculture:




Oakland is Hellzapoppin Highlights! Thanks for a wonderful week!







EastSide Cultural Center

Annex Art Gallery Exhibit

Posters of Dignidad Rebelde

2289 International Blvd

Featuring the beautiful and powerful works of Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza.


For Children Ages 2.5 to 5 years old

Rice and Beans Childcare Cooperative is made up of families of color in Oakland with a vision of providing early childhood education that is rooted in principles of justice, equity and the history of peoples in our community.

Monday-Friday, 8:15am-5:15pm, Part-Time flexibility

Bilingual in Spanish and English

Tuition ranges from $450-$950/month; scholarships based on availability

FOR MORE INFO: 510-221-8999


Open Enrollment for our FREE Youth Arts Programs!
Stop by during class times (listed on the flyer), or email us at eastsideculturalcenter@gmail.com.

Every Thursday night, 7:30pm donations accepted at the door.
Come check out one of the only open mic spots in East Oakland!

Here's a video of one of our recent open mics! HOLLA BACK!

ESAA is now in our 16th year! To find out more about EastSide Arts Alliance and the EastSide Cultural Center, please click here.

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