East Bay Center for the Performing Arts – www.eastbaycenter.org
Since 1968, the mission of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (EBCPA) has been 1) to ensure that opportunities for a quality education in the arts should be available to all persons and 2) to engage the arts as a vehicle for social reconciliation and social change. Possible projects include helping with their after school outreach program or assisting with productions or special events. The minimum age for volunteers is 13 and they are located three blocks from the Richmond BART station.
Since 1968, young artists have been discovering how training in the arts can and does illuminate their fullest capacity as human beings while at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, in a neighborhood known as the Iron Triangle and distinguished primarily for its chronic poverty and violence
Over these past 49 years, in the heart of Richmond, California, more than 50,000 student artists – from all walks
of life – have shared a home where they have found within themselves the means to develop skills that enable them to think, lead, and contribute.
The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts is a surprising place of discovery. Here our student artists— through the breadth, depth, and passion of experiencing classical master works and cutting-edge forms from around the world—come to know the world’s great performance traditions, the beauty of one’s neighbor, a calling in life, and the life of the mind, in addition to the spark of young imagination.
Through the active creation of original music, film, theater, and dance, coupled with self-determined community projects, they emphasize the cause of social justice, the hard work needed to prepare, the skills to create, and the courage to perform. Over the next 50 years, they plan to reach 75,000 more youth to carry on this work of discovery.
They invite you to join them as a student or supporter or both!