Community Newsletter
June 2019
Dear Friends of East Bay Center,

We have had an exciting spring season here at the the Center and we are eager to carry that energy with us into the summer months! Our community party on May 11 was a blast and the Center is still buzzing with the enthusiasm and spirit of the night as we launched into our next 50 years.

The end of the school year triggers bittersweet feelings, as we prepare to say goodbye to our 22 graduating Young Artist Diploma Program seniors. We are so proud of everything they have accomplished during their time at the Center. The majority of them are planning on going to four-year colleges, and many have plans to further their artistic education. They had their final recitals at the Center on May 30.

We are getting ready for our summer programming, including our Young Artist Diploma Program’s 5-Week Summer Intensive and our Summer Saturday Series of group classes. We will also be doing a number of performances in the East Bay community this summer. Keep your eyes peeled for East Bay Center performances happening at Music on the Main, the Rosie the Riveter Home Front Festival, Spirit and Soul festival and more!
Have you signed up for the Summer Saturday Series yet?

Students ages 4-18 can sign up for group classes in ballet, hip-hop, theater, capoeira, string instruments, woodwind instruments, brass instruments and chorus on Saturdays from July 13- August 17.
The 2019 RMap is here!
The Richmond Living Map, or RMap, is a collaborative project that invites nonprofits, businesses, and citizens to help change the narrative of Richmond to reflect the resilience, potential, and promise of our community while uplifting places of beauty and cultural significance throughout the city.

East Bay Center, in partnership with Healthy Richmond, has worked to bring the RMap to life by commissioning site-specific joint resident/artist works to highlight specific locations on the RMap, uplift the voices and perspectives of Richmond residents, elevate self-identified issues of struggling neighborhoods, and increase the equity of social, cultural, and economic capital shared between the city, the organizations, and the people they represent.

The 2019 RMap was designed by Richmond Artist Rebeca García-Gonzáles and highlights places of beauty in Richmond nominated by Richmond community members.

Stop by the Center to pick up your copy of the map today!
We had a Blast at 50 More: A Community Party!
On Saturday, May 11, the Center was alive with celebration and artistic spirit. We loved being able to bring our community together and showcase the artistic talents of some of the Center's faculty, alumni and student artists. Thank you to everyone who came and helped make the night magical!
Alumni Highlight 
 East Bay Center alumni Kabreshiona Tiyteea La'Shae Smith, Deontae Watkins and Aziza Thomas were featured on KQED's web series, "If Cities Could Dance." Watch the video below!
For Dancers of R.O.O.T.S. The Movement, the Richmond...

Editor's Note: Step into the shoes of dancers from across the country who dare to imagine what it would look like if their city could dance with KQED's If Cities Could Dance. Watch a new episode from season two of the video series every Tuesday...

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Community Partner Highlight:
East Bay Center's Youth Leadership Council enjoying donated Urban Remedy salads and juices while they discuss the 2019 Richmond Living Map (RMap) project.
Urban Remedy, a Richmond-based company committed to the idea the "Food is Healing" by making nourishing, healthy, plant-based food, is partnering with East Bay Center to donate salads, juices, and other products weekly to Center students so they can have free, healthy meals available to them when they come to the Center for classes. East Bay Center Students love trying new foods and having healthy options that energize their creative minds and bodies! During the Summer Intensive, Urban Remedy will be providing a weekly lunch, as well as a workshop on nutrition.

Thank you Urban Remedy for making a commitment to our students' health!
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