East Bay Center
for the Performing Arts

Developing Young Artists Re-Imagining the World

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 50 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 to the world around them.

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, we 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, we plan to reach 75,000 more youth to carry on this work of discovery.

We invite you to join us as a student or supporter or both!



Center Graduates Pursuing Higher Education

95% of Young Artist Diploma Students, on average, have gone on to higher education and professional arts training. This year, 22 graduates were accepted into more than 55 colleges.

Program Growth

Since moving into our new building in 2012, our on-site and school-based programming has increased our reach from 1,828 to 5,480 students annually.

Our Mission

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts engages youth and young adults in imagining and creating new worlds for themselves and new visions for their communities through the inspiration and discipline of rigorous training in world performance traditions.


As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, the Center remains true to the vision of its founding artists, providing an opportunity for all to discover their potential in the arts, the building of reconciliation, and social change.

Financial Information

Our work is supported primarily through donor contributions. On average, 80% of our total expenses are spent on program services each fiscal year.