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EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA, 94606 ph: 510-533-6629
E-mail: eastsideculturalcenter@gmail.com


June 2016 Event Preview at EastSide Cultural Center


GREAT lineup of Artists In Resistance, Showcase #3 at EastSide, June 3rd and 4th, 8pm.

Pearl Ubungen, Latanya D. Tigner/Dimensions Dance Theater, Ramon Ramos Alayo/Alayo Dance, Stephanie Bastos and Sebastian Hernandez.

LIVE ARTS IN RESISTANCE/ ARTES VIVAS EN RESISTENCIA is a dynamic series of performances, artist residencies, and community town halls to address racial inequality and Eurocentric chauvinism in popular culture. Collectively, we contribute to a new cultural consciousness of self-determination and indigenous knowledge as integral to our resistance to systemic oppression and imperialism.

LIVE ARTS IN RESISTANCE includes dance, theater, poetry and interdisciplinary performances, curated by socially-conscious Third World artists. 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.

LIVE ARTS IN RESISTANCE fosters risk-taking, rigor, and a radical critique on the role of political activism, cultural work and art in society. This role is historically rooted in a culture fighting for justice, equality and self-determination - the political empowerment of our people.

We seek to create a place where artists and audience members can engage in a meaningful dialogue about innovative ideas and experimental work; where artists can reflect on the process of creating progressive art and revolutionary movements; redefining aesthetics and ethics that will decolonize minds. There is a profound need to construct a culture of resistance outside of “market forces”; a culture that will defend our communities from the current reactionary political climate. With the absurdity of backward national elections, xenophobia, fascist policing and militarism that has been shaping our lives, all the inflamed racism, sexism and classism is being rekindled on the world stage.

We reiterate Malcolm X’s words that “Culture is an indispensable weapon in the freedom struggle”. And once again, we must SEIZE THE TIME -to magnify our struggle, giving wings to our imagination and finding new ways to speak our truth.


May 2016 Events at EastSide Cultural Center




16th Annual


Saturday, May 21, 11-7pm

San Antonio Park, Oakland

Malcolm X Jazz Stage, Javad Jahi Poetry Stage, The Dream Courts, Food Courts, Kids Zone - FREE TO THE COMMUNITY

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.


The day’s dynamic offerings are centered on the Jazz Main Stage with a historic and unforgettable line-up of heavyweight jazz musicians. The featured performers include:

 A Celebration of Black Cultural Zones 

Oakland Public Conservatory of Music Youth Ensembles
Carrying on the tradition of Jazz/Black music with the next generation. http://www.opcmusic.org/Home.php

Avotcja & Modupue
Performing their classic and always important Oaktown Blues– a history of Oakland’s cultural legacy. http://www.avotcja.org/

Kamau Daaood
Legendary poet and activist and one of the key members of Los Angeles Black cultural organizing that has been going on in Leimert Park. 
Kamau will be backed-up by a roster of great local jazz musicians.http://www.leimertparkmovie.com/Biographies/KamauDaaood.htm

Mr. Blazio and his New Orleans Second Line Band
Displaced after Katrina and now living and working in East Oakland Mr. Blazio is one of the major Mardi Gras leaders in New Orleans. 


As a part of EastSide Arts Alliance’s word to develop a Black Cultural Zone (BCZ) in East Oakland, we will be co-hosting a Queens Corner @ Jazz Festival - this will be a special area set up at the jazz festival where people can get more information on the work and can also contribute to a filmed discussion surrounding the past, present and future of Black culture in Oakland and why it's important to have Black Culture Zones.   
Meet us near the Javad Jahi stage between 2-3pm to be a part of it!
Black Cultural Zone - BCZ - Because!


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

In collaboration with Oakland Parks and Recreation, the Cultural Council is dedicated to holding annual events for the neighborhoods around and near 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.


Congratulations to the EastSide Neighborhood Arts Crew!

Congrats to Peps 357, Dime, Rogue, Prime 808 Urban and T!

The FRUTIVALE SUN BUILDING pays tribute to the sun myths of the various cultures that have lived in the Fruitvale for decades. Please visit at Fruitvale and International Blvd to view the entire mural, and look out for more! Thanks to Councilmember Noel Gallo for the opportunity to create a new cultural landmark in the Fruitvale!



NEW VISUAL ELEMENT Video: EastSide's Youth Mural Crew:


Also big congratulations to the BEATS FLOWS Crew!

Beat Flows, the youth music and leadership arm of EastSide, recently concluded a collaboration with Youth Radio and NPR, where Beats Flows and Visual Element students and staff were interviewed and made music for a national NPR broadcast about gentrification in Oakland. Their audio and video clips can be seen on the Youth Radio interactive map...click below.

Click the image above to go to Youth Radio's Interactive map!



Download EastSide's Black Power Matters and

Black Resistance Matters Posters

Download your full color poster (11x17inches) here:




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:





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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