Envisioned as a community arts center, the EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA) has evolved in a short 10 years from the presentation of the Malcolm X Jazz Festival in a neighborhood park to a multi-discipline arts facility serving 10,000 people in Oakland’s Lower San Antonio/Fruitvale neighborhood. ESAA presents a series of low-or-no-cost monthly dance, theater and music performances and workshops to the public, and works with 11 part-time teachers and coordinators to run free after-school workshops for 300 community youth (ages 14-22) at their own facility and in local schools. In partnership with Affordable Housing Associates ESAA jointly developed its property on International Boulevard to create the EastSide Cultural Center that includes a 150-seat performance space, a visual arts studio, a recording studio, a video-editing suite and administrative offices for ESAA, in addition to 16 affordable housing units and two ground floor businesses. In 2009, the Performing Arts Program granted $626,000 to ESAA to repay its capital debt. With the removal of that financial burden, ESAA plans to deepen its jazz presenting program, engage artists with commissions and residencies, and engage in outreach activities to bring more community members into the arts center.
About the Grantee
2277 International Boulevard Post Office Box 17008, Oakland, CA, 94601, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for the 2020 50 Arts Commissions for dance and movement-based performance
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. This grant will support EastSide Arts Alliance in developing and presenting "This Too Shall Pass," a multi-site, ritual dance theater performance by artist Amara Tabor-Smith. "This Too Shall Pass" will address the displacement, well-being, and sex trafficking of black women and girls in Oakland.
for general operating support
EastSide Arts Alliance is a collective of artists that has been dedicated to using art and culture to unify and empower residents of Oakland’s Lower San Antonio/Fruitvale neighborhood since 1999. The multidisciplinary arts organization produces and presents a wide range of low-cost or free classes, exhibitions, performances, and festivals that reach 16,000 people each year. Renewed funding will support the organization’s goals to maintain a wide range of cultural activities and its artist-in-residence program, strengthen its financial systems, and explore strategies for increasing earned income.