East Bay Center for the Performing Arts is an artistic and cultural resource for the low-income, ethnically diverse city of Richmond. The organization provides in-school and after-school education programs for 6,000 pre-K through middle school students in the greater Richmond area, as well as rigorous conservatory level training and wrap-around services for 140 middle and high school students at its beautifully restored facility in downtown Richmond. It reaches another 20,000 people through community events and public performances, all of which reflect a broad array of global art forms. Renewed funding will support the Center’s goals to achieve modest and sustainable growth in its programs and staff in order to meet continued demand for its services.
About the Grantee
339 Eleventh Street, Richmond, CA, 94801-3105, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts an arts education provider located in Richmond’s Iron Triangle neighborhood. It offers year-round curriculum for youth ages three to 18, including 65 weekly group courses, private instruction, recitals, social and emotional support services for students and families, and an intensive young artist diploma program. Its in-school and after-school education programs reach 4,000 students in West Contra Costa Unified School District. Each year, the organization also reaches another 15,000 people through community events and public performances that reflect a broad array of art forms, and often feature the stories of local students, families, and communities. Support for East Bay Center for the Performing Arts advances the Performing Arts Program’s Youth strategy through the Program Delivery substrategy.
for the 2021 50 Arts Commissions for folk and traditional arts
In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. This grant will support the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in commissioning, developing, and presenting “Hogbetsotso — Day of Crossing Over,” a work by choreographer and drummer C.K. Ladzekpo. The work will reenact the Anlo-Ewe people’s historic flight from servitude in Togo, and ultimately from European coastal raiders, to freedom in Ghana. The performance will include dance, music, regalia, and ceremonies for the renewal of justice.