Destiny Arts Center exists to inspire and ignite social change. Each year, Destiny offers free and low-cost dance, theater, martial arts, violence prevention, and youth leadership classes to more than 3,000 young people aged three to 18 at its facility in North Oakland, and at Title I schools and community centers throughout the East Bay. Its youth performing companies offer young people intensive performing arts training and produce one full-length, youth-created original theater production per year. Supplemental project support will help Destiny navigate its recent executive transition through executive coaching and board training.
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970 Grace Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94608, United States
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for organizational adaptation
Destiny Arts Center seeks to inspire and ignite social change through movement arts. The center’s professional teaching artists also work with more than 3,000 primarily low-income youth and youth of color, aged three to 18, both at the organization’s home campus in Oakland, and at 24 schools and community centers throughout the East Bay. Each year, Destiny Arts Center’s two youth performing companies collaborate to produce an original piece of musical theater for more than 20,000 audience members. This grant to Destiny Arts Center aligns with the Performing Arts Program’s Youth strategy, and will advance the organization’s adaptation planning and implementation.
for the 2018 50 Arts Commissions for theater, spoken word, and musical theater
In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. Destiny Arts Center’s "The Black (W)hole" is a multi-disciplinary theater project that addresses urban youth homicide and gentrification in Oakland by centering Black culture as a vehicle for resistance and spiritual renewal. This supplemental grant will help the organization reconfigure the project in response to changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on public gatherings. This grant advances the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative.