Our Town

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Richmond, California

$150,000

2011

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts is an important community anchor in Richmond, California. Founded in 1968, the Center has instilled more than 50,000 student artists with the tools needed to create, imagine, and explore. East Bay offers an array of programs for youth and young adults, including an artists diploma program, family workshops, after school outreach, and resident companies that create original works of dance, theater, music, and film.

With support from many partners, the center will commission an interactive art installation by media artist Scott Snibbe. The work will feature professionally choreographed and video-recorded motions of Richmond youth, reflecting both the diversity of the local population and the multicultural dance, rhythm, and performance programs taught and performed at the center. The interactive piece will be installed on the exterior of the newly renovated facility, and is expected to activate the adjacent public plaza and bring new pedestrian activity to the Iron Triangle neighborhood. This area of downtown Richmond has suffered from harsh poverty, chronic violence, and a history of racial tension. The proposed artwork builds on a series of recent initiatives targeting its renaissance and revitalization through increased lighting, cultural activity, and perception of safety. The project will engage approximately 200 local youth and 3,000 downtown Richmond employees.

 

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Get in the Action. Video courtesy of Scott Snibbe