East Bay Center for the Performing Arts is the primary artistic and cultural resource for the low-income, ethnically-diverse community of Richmond. The organization provides conservatory level training programs, arts education opportunities, artful community health programs, and public performances for more than 33,000 people each year. Its rigorous programs reflect an array of art forms that are most significant to the populations it serves, 75 percent of whom are under the age of eighteen. Renewed funding would support the Center’s goals to achieve modest and sustainable growth in order to meet continued demand for its programs since returning to the historic Winters Building following a $16 million capital renovation in 2011.
About the Grantee
339 Eleventh Street, Richmond, CA, 94801-3105, United States
Grants to this Grantee
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.