Community Newsletter
March 2019
Dear Friends of East Bay Center,

Our spring session of group classes has started and once again the Center is filled with creative energy. There will be many opportunities this spring to see our group classes and private lesson students perform. We hope you will check our online events calendar regularly to stay up to date on all of the exciting performances and events we have planned for this spring as we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary year!

Recently, two of our resident performance companies - Voices of Reason and Richmond Jazz Collective - had their first performance of the year at the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Annual Reorganization Luncheon at Craneway Pavilion. Keep an eye out for many more community performances by East Bay Center student ensembles and faculty!

Join us on Saturday, May 11 from 6-10pm for an unforgettable evening of energy, talent + celebration as we launch into our next fifty years! Performances on multiple indoor and outdoor stages + dance floors will feature East Bay Center students, alumni + world renowned faculty artists, including  Bululú , Son de la Tierra,  Ayla Davila , aerialist Chelsea Riley, a reprise of  Howard Wiley 's Richmond Second Line and world premiere of  Kekeli  by C.K. Ladzekpo. Local food and beverage vendors will be on site serving up specialty items. This is a night you will not want to miss!

Special thanks to Tencue Production East Brother Beer R&B Cellars at Riggers Lof t , and  SAA | EVI  for their support of this event!
Young Artist Diploma Program Applications Open Soon!
The Young Artist Diploma Program is a six-year tuition-free course of study in the performing arts designed to provide students with a critical set of skills they will be able to use in college and beyond. Through the active creation of original music, film, theater, dance, as well as the study of classic works, and engaging in community projects, we hope to enable each student to discover their true gifts and unique paths.

Applications open in March!
Student Highlight: Fahm Saechao
Fahm Saechao is a 3rd-year Diploma student and a freshman at Kennedy High School with a beautiful voice and love of singing. In fact, her area of focus is voice and she is a core member of our resident company, Voices of Reason. She also takes classes with Mr. Saelee, director of the Center's Mien Legends, to stay connected to her Laotian heritage. Fahm volunteers her time at Caliber School assisting with chorus classes. She has also studied West African dance, hip-hop, theater and ballet at the Center.
Young Artists Repertory Series
March 23 & March 29 at 7:00pm
This year, we are celebrating our 27th season of presenting new work by Center resident youth companies. Saturday, March 23 will feature performances by Richmond Chamber Ensemble, Voices of Reason, Richmond Jazz Collective, Richmond Bloco Steel Band, and Son de la Tierra. Friday, March 29 will feature performances by Mien Legends, Iron Triangle Theater, Iron Triangle Urban Ballet, West African Music and Dance, and a guest performance from Grupo Danza Colibrí.
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California Arts Council has been an important partner for East Bay Center's in-school and after-school programs, helping us bring high quality arts programming to 15-1 WCCUSD public schools every year.
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