EastSide Arts Alliance
The EastSide Arts Alliance is an organization of artists, cultural workers, and community organizers of color who live and/or work in the San Antonio district of Oakland. The organization is committed to working in San Antonio and other Oakland neighborhoods to support a creative environment that improves the quality of life for communities and advocates for progressive, systemic, social change. EastSide Arts Alliance uses the voice of art and culture to nurture a genuinely multi-cultural community that benefits all people in its neighborhood and provides creative opportunities for youth and adults to share their own cultural traditions and innovations. It presents community workshops, events, and festivals at which individuals learn to use the arts as a way to identify and express their views on issues that affect their lives, as well as the life and health of the community they live in. Through progressive programming and cultural organizing, EastSide Arts Alliance promotes community sustainability for future generations through self-determination, political and cultural awareness, and leadership development. Toward this vision, the Alliance is building a community cultural arts center. The center will serve as a unifying neighborhood gathering place to house the organization’s on-going activities and other cultural events initiated by residents and local artists.