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Destiny Arts Center

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Six Ways to Support Destiny Arts Center

Provides 300 hours of arts programming for an Oakland teen, through the award-winning Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company program 

Provides 120 hours of arts programming to a Title 1 (under resourced) Oakland public school 

Funds one month of Camp Destiny for 50 students

Provides an arts and movement-based professional development workshop for 30 public school teachers

Provides for two weeks of a year-long artists-in-schools residency, twice per week

Supports one month of classes for a student at our North Oakland Center


Destiny Arts Center believes that art and movement gives young people a vehicle for self and community expression. Founded by Black and Queer dance and martial artists in 1988, Destiny uses movement-based arts to uplift youth voice, supporting pathways for young people to express themselves, advocate for justice and equity, fight against the systemic racism that continues to impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and build a community where everyone feels seen, valued, and free.
(510) 597-1619 x101
Executive Director: Archana Nagraj

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Destiny has given me so many opportunities to be a part of ART. Destiny has brought happiness to our community. We laughed, danced, and came together as a whole, while protesting our rights of equality and more. Destiny has just been a light to the darkness, especially for our community in this time.
Dwayne Clay
Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company Member

Key Supporters

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Oakland Fund for Children and Youth
Blume Foundation
Jessica Ozberker
California Arts Council
Walter & Elise Haas Fund
The Hellman Foundation
NewSchools Venture Fund
Louis L. Borick Foundation
City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program
National Endowment for the Arts
The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation
Frances Hellman and Warren Breslau Fund
Sam Mazza Foundation
Morris Stulsaft Foundation
The Betsy Gordon Foundation
George Family Foundation
Nicholson Family Foundation
Banks Family Foundation