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.

KQED: Students Reimagine Black Lives Matter & Black Panther Icons

Lakshmi Sarah writes about her experience with Seed Language: “For many of the participants involved in the show, transformation has been part of the process since the beginning. ‘What we are interested in is true transformation,’ says Sarah Crowell, artistic director at Destiny Arts.”

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Huff Post: The Power of Art to Build Strong Youth and Heal Trauma

Destiny Arts Center was mentioned in this article in the Huff Post highlighting how to re-route the school-to-prison pipeline. “Other organizations such as RYSE Youth Center in Richmond and Destiny Arts in Oakland have created safe spaces for young people and are brilliant examples of local programs healing children and youth through trauma-informed mental health treatment paired with exposure to the arts.”

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East Bay Times | Mercury News | Monterey County Herald | Sacramento Sun Times: “Hip Hop dance performance puts spotlight on racism”

Tammerlin Drummond writes about her experience with Seed Language: “Seed takes the audience on a two-hour journey that begins in brutal darkness, but ends with a joyous, hip-hop dance performance celebrating resilience and joy.”

Her article is posted in the East Bay Times, Mercury News, Monterey County Herald, and Sacramento Sun Times.

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East Bay Express: Destiny Arts Puts Movement in the Movement

The East Bay Express speaks about their experience at Seed Language.

April Kilcrease writes: “In ‘Seed Language: A New Identity,’ dancers move through the pain of racism in America.”

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48hills: “Digging deep, empowered by grief”

Our own DJC Director, Mika Lemoine, speaks about her experience with Seed Language.

Caitlin Donohue writes, “In ‘Seed Language,’ 58 young performers explore society’s violence against black and brown bodies.”

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Mercury News: “Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center ready to unveil powerful new dance/theater work”

Mercury News writes: “Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center and the San Francisco-based urban dance troupe Embodiment Project have been working together nearly two years on this production, which blends hip-hop and aerial dance styles”

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SF Examiner Top Weekend Events

We were excited to see a write up of Seed Language in the “Things to Do” at the SF Examiner.

See the listing here.

Destiny succeeds in instilling a sense of respect for fellow human beings.

Avi Jacobson