In addition to offering creative youth development programs at our center, Destiny Arts Center forges partnerships with established arts groups who share our core values through our resident company program. Resident companies infuse our center with their creative energy, and actively foster the growth of our intergenerational arts community.
Destiny is proud to partner with four Bay Area vanguard culture-makers:
Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change. Known as the preeminent children’s hip hop artists to focus on social change and racial justice, Alphabet Rockers are consciousness in motion. They work to spark intergenerational conversations about the world through music and dance. In partnership with thought leaders on anti-bias and child development, Alphabet Rockers create empowered, engaging concerts and activities for young children, families, and educators rooted in the energy and authenticity of Hip Hop culture.
Embodiment Project is a San Francisco-based street dance theater company with a mission is to challenge systemic inequity by exploring trauma, healing, womanist histories, race, and gender role dissolution through street dance, choreo-poetry, live song, spoken word, and documentary theater. Founded in 2007 by Nicole Klaymoon, EP has received critical support from funders such as MAP Fund, Gerbode and Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, East Bay Fund for Artists, the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, Center for Cultural Innovation, Rainin Opportunity Fund, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation grant. In addition to their residency at Destiny Arts Center, Embodiment project has been awarded artist residencies at Intersection for the Arts, Red Poppy Art House, Dos Rios Artist Retreat Center, and Dance Mission Theater.
Mix’d Ingrdnts is a multi-ethnic and diverse collective of female artists who work together as an all styles dance company, with the goal of cultivating stronger communities of artists of all ages through urban performance, dance education and connection. Co-Founders Jennifer “Jenay” Anolin and Samara Atkins founded the company in 2010 as a means to inspire people to use art in evoking social change.
Mix’d Ingrdnts exists to empower women to express themselves and to provide platforms for communities to speak up and out for the greater good. Their youth company, Mini Mix’d, brings together young women between the ages of 10 and 17 to create Hip Hop dance-based performance work and develop their leadership, self-love, and communication skills.
See Through Soul
See Through Soul is an emerging dance company based in Oakland, CA. Founded in 2017 by directors Mika Lemoine and Sheila Russell, this fresh, soulful, and eclectic company uses movement to express self and seek truth. See Through Soul draws inspiration from various street and club dance styles including hip hop, house, vogue, and waackin’ along with contemporary dance and elements of tap. They have performed as a part of Nasty Humans, a multidisciplinary collection of performances at PianoFight in San Francisco, and WILD, an evening of dance performance at Root Division, also in San Francisco.
Dignity in Process
A pilot for Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice, #DignityInProcess is a nationally touring artivist toolkit in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, drawing upon the practices that have sourced the resilience of our ancestors for generations. This multidisciplinary platform merges art activism, ancestral healing, and QTGNC intersectional identity evolution within the Afro-Indigenous Diaspora. Through Art Actions- site specific performance rituals merged with direct action organizing, we call in the power of the ring shout, storytelling, movement, call and response to help us remember our sacred origins. Forming Wisdom Councils of Mixed Race, African-Native American, and Creole elders, multi-generational conversations lay the foundation for embodied accountability to sustain a movement of Black Liberation. Returning to the power of the circle, we build Freedom Schools embracing community learning that centers radical Black Feminism. Afro-futures emerge as we collectively celebrate the dignity of expansive Black life!”