PANDEMIC and COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Updated: 11/28/2020


With the continued safety of youth, families and staff in mind, our Center at 970 Grace Avenue remains closed for in person programming. Since March, Destiny Arts Center’s incredible cohort of teaching artists have adapted to offer virtual programming via Zoom and recorded classes on
YouTube. As of September, we have begun limited outdoor programming and hope to expand these offerings.

 

For us and for our community, the last several months have been painful and powerful. The pandemic has exacerbated deep inequity in our society. The movement for Black lives has called all of us to stand stronger together, and behind our youth leaders as they surge forward to demand the end of systemic anti-Black racism, white supremacy, colonialism, an end to police murders of Black people and true equity, healing, and liberation. As individuals and as an organization, we know that anti-racism work is ongoing work. This is why, among other strategic priorities, Destiny has formed a new initiative for young people to impact the direction of our organization by participating in an Anti-Racism Taskforce. We know that to actively foster anti-racism work in our community, we begin with an internal commitment, engaging in bi-directional learning, and creating systems of accountability that are youth-designed.

 

We hope this page can be of continued support for healing, learning, and building given the circumstances of the pandemic, and the needs of our community. Our virtual doors are open, please reach out to us at info@destinyarts.org if we can be of assistance.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency COVID-19 updates
Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 information resources
Alameda County Food Bank *
Free Meals for Oakland Kids from OUSD

 
*Destiny Arts Center partnered with the Alameda County Community Food Bank in the Fall of 2019 to provide healthy snacks to the young people and families who come through our doors. Since the shelter-in-place order was issued in March of 2020, we have maintained a community food pantry that is open to anyone in our community in need. Our staff has worked to stock the pantry with commonly used food items that our teaching artists, staff and families can access. You can see our current pantry items here and contact our Program Associate, Beatriz (beatriz@destinyarts.org) to confirm a pick up time for items. Pick must be scheduled in advance, masks required.

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Support for artists, arts educators, and arts organizations
Artist Relief
COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists
Bay Area Arts Educator Form

 

Homeschool and education
#CantStopDestinyArts Classes on YouTube
Create a Destiny Class at Home
KQED: At-Home Learning Resources
Dancing Alone Together
Cosmic Kids Yoga

 

Mental health and wellness
From Chaos to Creativity – A guided meditation with Sarah Crowell
The Relational Center: Online Support Groups
AFSP: Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
Online Addiction Recovery Resources

 

Employment, housing, and financial support
Tips for finding a new job during the pandemic
Planning Resources for Business Reopening
Employment Development Department: File an Unemployment Insurance Claim
Employment Development Department: File a Paid Family Leave Claim
Employment Development Department: Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Employment Development Department: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs
Affordable Internet at Home
Low cost internet and computers

 

Anti-racism resources
NAACP: Coronavirus and our Communities
The Progressive: Don’t Let COVID-19 Unleash Bias
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health: Stigma, Discrimination, Health impacts and COVID-19
NPR: When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus

 

Support for undocumented communities
California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance: COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians
United We Dream: Health Care Access for Undocumented Folks in the Time of COVID-19

 

Support for disabled communities
East Bay Disabled Folks COVID-19 Support Request Form
File a Disability Insurance Claim

 

Support for elders
Administration for Community Living: What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?
Oakland At Risk Match

 

How to help
East Bay Disability Ally Form
Americans for the Arts Action Fund: Letter to Congress
Donate to Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund