Community Newsletter
January 2019
Dear Friends of East Bay Center,

We are finding fresh inspiration and energy in the new year! Our staff and faculty are busy preparing for a new session of group classes, which begin January 28th . We are looking forward to seeing many new faces at the center as well as welcoming back some familiar ones!

In addition to group classes, we are planning a number of upcoming performances and special events this year. Dates and details for a number of performances and recitals are listed in the upcoming events & highlights below. We are also looking forward to all of the school assemblies we have planned this semester, important opportunities for our students to perform for their peers and families.

We are especially excited about our 50th Anniversary Closing Party on May 11, which will feature the world premier of Kekeli , a piece by West African Music and Dance master artist and East Bay Center faculty member, Dr. C.K. Ladzekpo. You can also look forward to performances by East Bay Center students, faculty, and alumni, as well as food and family fun! We hope to see many of our community members there. Stay tuned for tickets and more info.

All of us at East Bay Center wish you a year filled with inspiration, creativity and joy!
UPCOMING EVENTS + HIGHLIGHTS

January 28: Spring Classes Begin




May 11: 50th Anniversary Celebration

May 17-19: The Wait Room by Jo Kreiter/ Flyaway Productions

There are still spots available for Spring 2019 Classes!

Our Spring 2019 Class Session starts January 28th. There is still time to sign up!
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 February!
Staff/Faculty Highlight: Miya Hisaka Silva
Senior Production Manager, Director of Iron Triangle Urban Ballet, Dance Faculty
Miya is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, Executive Director, Producing Artistic Director, urban planner, national and international presenter/producer, and fundraiser, with a 35-year commitment to diversity, social justice and excellence in the arts. One of the nation’s movers and shakers in the arts scene since l984, Ms. Hisaka carries on the legacy of some of the world’s most renowned dance leaders. In addition she is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work in post-war reconstruction and local municipal development in Latin America. She is thrilled to join forces with East Bay Center. She truly believes in the power of dance and its ability to heal and inspire. She is currently Founder/Artistic Director of El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador .
Call For Contemporary Dancers to Join Resident Dance Company!

Seeking 1 male dancer and up to 3 female dancers
Photograph by Artem Chubaryan
Looking for strong contemporary dancers to join East Bay Center for the Performing Arts' resident dance company, Iron Triangle Urban Ballet (ITUB). ITUB is a community-based concert repertory dance theater that works and presents the works of local, national and international choreographers. Must have at least 3 years of contemporary, ballet and/or training in other dance styles; have a strong performance history and/or great interest in performing; and be at least 12 years old (average age 18). Technical levels range from advanced beginning to advanced dance artists; from current students to alumni. 

Dancers must be available to perform on March 29, 2019, 7 pm Concert and March 28, 2019, 6:30-7:15 pm Tech-in. Members must attend all company class and rehearsals every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Center. You do not need to be a current East Bay Center student to audition. 
If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Miya Hisaka, Director of ITUB: miya@eastbaycenter.org and plan on attending a company class to serve as your audition.
Social Media Highlight
From our Facebook page:

We’re proud to collaborate with  #jazz  and  #blues  veterans,  Henry Oden and former  #EBCPA   #guitar  teacher,  Lloyd Gregory . They’re working together again, one of many times since the 60s, as we develop a project around the historical importance of the #blues in  #Richmond  and the second Great Migration from the South during WWII.
Follow us on Social Media to stay up to date about what is happening at the Center!
Arts education is the key to success for California’s students. Students who learn arts at school score higher on tests, have better attendance records, significantly lower dropout rates, and are more than twice as likely to graduate from college.Yet less than half of California’s students have access to art at their schools. And those who stand to benefit the most—like low-income students and English-language learners—are the least likely to be given the opportunity.

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 16-20 WCCUSD public schools every year.
This tax season, you can help keep arts in schools by making a tax-deductible donation of $1 or more to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund on your state return. One hundred percent of your contribution will go to arts education programming supported by the California Arts Council.

Do your part for tomorrow’s innovators who need arts education today. Visit arts.ca.gov to learn how.
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  We welcome all members of the community — businesses, residents, other community-based organizations and friends in the greater Bay Area and beyond —
to visit us at our Iron Triangle home, the Winters Building. 
 
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