Updated: 5/11/2020


Destiny Arts Center is closely monitoring the circumstances surrounding the spread of COVID-19. Due to Governor Newsom’s statewide shelter-in-place order, our center will be closed at least through May 31st. We understand that the most important action we can take right now to support community health and safety is to practice physical social distancing and flatten the curve.


 With Destiny Arts Center’s incredible cohort of teaching artists, we have adapted to offer virtual programming via Zoom and YouTube. Learn more about these offerings please visit the Classes at our Center page.


To address the stress and disruption to the lives of our families and community, our staff is available to support in accessing food (from the Alameda County Food Bank). We invite you to reach out to us at info@destinyarts.org, and will do everything we can to connect you with the resources you need. Additionally, in service to our values, the board and leadership of Destiny are committed to supporting the livelihood of our teaching artists and paying them through to the end of the school year.


The new reality we are all facing is causing great uncertainty and highlighting the deep divisions and inequities in our society. As always, we are committed to centering youth, artists, people of color and our Oakland home as we work together for the well-being of all.





Alameda County Health Care Services Agency COVID-19 updates
Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 information resources
Alameda County Food Bank
Oakland Unified School District


‘Grab and Go’ free meals from OUSD

Pick up locations (Mondays and Thursdays 8AM – 12PM)*: 

Northwest/West Oakland: Sankofa Elementary, West Oakland Middle School, Hoover Elementary

Central Oakland: Oakland High School and Garfield Elementary

East Oakland: Bret Harte Middle School, Life Academy/United for Success, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, Madison Park Upper, Fremont High School, Castlemont High School, Elmhurst United Middle School

*Multiple days worth of food can be picked up at once, free of charge
*Students do not need to be present to pick up food
*Social Distancing measures are in effect and face coverings are required




Support for artists, arts educators, and arts organizations
COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists
CAC COVID-19 Statement for California Arts Council Grantees and the Arts Field in California
Bay Area Arts Educator Form
COVID-19 Emergency Performance Grant $1K
The Creator Fund
The Safety Net Fund


Homeschool and education
#CantStopDestinyArts Classes on YouTube
Create a Destiny Class at Home
Rock the Block with the Alphabet Rockers
KQED: At-Home Learning Resources
PBS Learning Media
Dancing Alone Together
Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days for K-12 and College Student Households


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


Employment, housing, and financial support
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
Sample Letter for Requesting Rent Relief
Suspension to Utility Shutoffs
Affordable Internet at Home


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
Help Rudsdale HS’s Immigrant Youth During COVID-19
Donate to Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund