Community Newsletter
April 2020
Dear Center Friends and Partners,

Our hope is that this note finds you and those close to you healthy and safe. It has truly been an unprecedented season marked by changes and challenges. Now more than ever, we lean into the critical role of imagination and joy to sustain us as we navigate this crisis. It is humbling and beautiful to watch the resilience of our student and faculty artists during this time as they continue to create and grow. 

The Center recognizes, commits to and is strengthened by the power and depth of the cultural richness, gifts and traditions reflected in our students, their families and in our community. We are honored by the trust we have been granted to re-imagine our programs and continue to work with families in their homes, as well as support our public schools as they strive to sustain equitable education for all. 

We remain keenly aware of how existing systemic roots of inequity combined now with the pandemic have uniquely challenged our community. As part of our history and deeply held mission and values, we are taking both short-term actions, including establishing an emergency fund for our students, families and recent alumni, while also engaging in longer-term coalitions around social justice and equity for all.

We are grateful for your generosity and partnership. We will get through this together. 
Instruction Continues Remotely
Our 65 faculty and 24 staff are actively and creatively delivering remote activities and training for all of our current 4,000 students. Virtually all of our group classes and private lessons are continuing, including our in-school and afterschool programs.

If you are an East Bay Center student and need an instrument to have at home, please contact Bryan Alvarez .
Partnering with Our Schools
East Bay Center Faculty Emily Ryan hands out recorders at Grant Elementary School so students can practice at home.
Our School and Neighborhood Partnerships Program is working hard to maintain continuity of programs for our 3,500 students at WCCUSD schools, as well as supporting our teachers as they adjust to remote instruction. Faculty are creating video class materials for our students so they can continue their in-school and after school music and dance classes from home. We are also working with teachers to continue to integrate arts into their remote learning curriculum.
WCCUSD is currently seeking volunteers to help assemble and distribute free meals to youth in the community.
How are you keeping imagination and joy alive while sheltering in place?

Post a photo or video and tag us on social media!
Here are some examples from our student and faculty artists.
Bringing Music to the Community
East Bay Center is seeking submissions of 3-5 minute videos of students playing an instrument to be used in a compilation concert which will be shared as part of Harmony Heroes' outreach to eldercare centers, hospitals and churches as a way to bring joy and light to our community.
Supporting our Students and Families
East Bay Center continues to provide a variety of creative avenues of support for our students and the community during this time:

  • Tutoring: Virtual tutoring and academic support for all students.
  • Peer Support Group: Weekly peer group check-ins for Center students to stay connected.
  • Community Resource Connection and Referral: Connecting families to financial resources & community referrals.
  • Video and Phone Check-ins: Available for students and families on a one-time or recurring basis with a member of our Student Support Services team.
  • College Prep: Ongoing workshops for high school juniors and seniors.

If you or someone you know is in need of support during this time, please complete this survey or reach out to Corinna at  or (510) 374-9449.
Young Artist Diploma Program: Applications Now Open
Accepting Applications through May 31st
The Young Artist Diploma Program is a six-year, tuition-free college readiness program for 7th-12th grade students, providing intensive study of music, filmmaking/digital media arts, theater, and dance, as well as participation in our community’s civic life. The Diploma Program is designed to equip students with a critical set of skills they will be able to use in college and beyond.
Every One Counts
There is still time to complete the 2020 US Census.

We are asking our community to please take a few moments to complete the 2020 Census and spread the word, encouraging others to do the same. Every person accounted for results in much needed funding for our community's education, healthcare and housing programs.

On behalf of the 3,500 students that the Center reaches at WCCUSD schools in Richmond, we are asking our community to please help ensure our schools get the funding they need by responding to the 2020 Census. Respond at .

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