Destiny in the News

Destiny Arts Center has been on the scene in Oakland since 1988. See below for local news coverage of the impact of our programs.

Destiny hosts Illadelph Legends of Hip Hop Festival – Bay Area

Click here for article in the San Jose Mercury News about the festival.

State funds Destiny’s incarcerated youth programs

We are excited to announce the renewal of our partnership with the California Arts Council to provide our arts based peacemaking curriculum for incarcerated youth in the Alameda Juvenile Justice Center. Destiny Arts Center is among eight organizations funded statewide in support of high quality arts education programs for young people within the juvenile justice system

“We believe in the power of the arts to transform lives, particularly working with youth left behind by our broken educational and criminal justice system” says Cristy Johnston Limon, Executive Director of Destiny Arts Center. “After only one-year serving youth in our juvenile justice system, we’ve already touched 300 young lives, and given them hope for their futures.”

Click here for our press release.

Film FREE highlights Destiny Arts youth

SF Chronicle, Movies, 9.17.14. “F R E E” takes a look at Destiny Arts Youth Performance, a dance company for at-risk young people, through the stories of five Oakland teenagers and how Destiny Arts gives them hope.

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Documentary featuring Destiny to premier at Mill Valley Film Festival

SF Chronicle, Movies & TV, 9.17.2014. Suzanne LaFetra and David Collier [Directors] take us into the lives of a group of Oakland teens — many of whom come from hardscrabble backgrounds — as they develop a collaborative performance piece at Destiny Arts Center. Through workshops and hanging out together — this could have been a good reality show — they translate their personal pain as well as their hopes and ambitions into the piece.

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Destiny Artistic Director Wins Dancer’s Choice Award

East Bay Express, 4.24.2013

Get your plié and shimmy-shake going, because the fifteenth-annual Bay Area Dance Week opens with the massive, participatory One Dance at noon on Friday, April 26, in San Francisco’s Union Square Park. After that, the ten-day danceathon pirouettes throughout the entire Bay Area, from Sebastopol to San Jose, with local dance companies and studios flinging open their doors and inviting everyone — and they mean every body — to join the movement.

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Embodying Change – How Movement Can Transform Your Life

Spirituality & Health Magazine, September-October.2012

Research now proves what these experts already knew: that if you want to change your life, the place to start isn’t in your mind, but in your body.

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Destiny’s Children

Vision Hispana, 12.10.2011

In the last week of November, there were 170 violent crimes in Oakland, as reported by Oakland Crimespotting. In response to this violence, an army is growing in Oakland. But this unique army – some 20,000 strong and with 23 years of training – fights for peace.

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I can spot a Destiny Arts dancer from a mile away...they view performance as a forum for expressing the best parts of themselves.

Linda Carr
Dance Director, Berkeley High School