Artists in Residence Program

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We offer a number of opportunities for schools to work with our professional teaching artists. All residencies are aligned with Common Core and VAPA Standards.

Community Music Making

Community Music Making is a yearlong World Music Curriculum program designed to advance student learning and school culture through the study and training in global arts traditions (African Music, Mexican Music and Western European music). Schools work with a Teaching Artist as part of a yearlong residency that integrates music theory, music appreciation, instrumental instruction, and ensemble performance skills.

At the end of the residency, students apply their artistic skills in creating original songs for a school-wide performance that resonates with their communities.

Residencies in Global Art Traditions


Residencies can take place in West African Dance, African Drumming, Theater, Mexican Music and Dance, Digital Arts, Voice, or Instrumental Music Techniques in Western European or Jazz traditions. These residencies can focus on skill building within the designated art form, or can focus on a creative project that is integrated with another subject area. All residencies encourage students to develop their imaginations, as well as valuable life skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. 

East Bay Center works closely with classroom teachers and principals to align and modify workshops to meet the needs of the students.

Soul Endeavor 2014
Un-Rapping O'Neill

East Bay Center partnered with Tao House, the National Historic Site for Eugene O’Neill in Danville, and Richmond High School to create meaningful connections between students and National park sites. Partner staff collaborated to lead field trips to the historic site, present excerpts from Long Days Journey into Night to students by professional actors, and facilitate specialized workshops to adapt the dramatic work for audiences today. In December 2014, students presented Un-Rapping O’Neill, a culmination of their work that blended rap, live music, beat boxing and breakdancing at East Bay Center. This study guide offers an overview of the project's creative process for high school teachers to use in their classroom.