EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA, 94606 ph: 510-533-6629
May 2016 Events at EastSide Cultural Center
MALCOLM X JAZZ ARTS FESTIVAL
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:
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZrrYr2Tr5Y
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!
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.
NEW VISUAL ELEMENT Video: EastSide's Youth Mural Crew:
Download EastSide's Black Power Matters and
Black Resistance Matters Posters
Download your full color poster (11x17inches) here:
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:
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.
RICE AND BEANS CHILDCARE COOP - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
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.