To achieve artistic excellence within the Lesher Center for the Arts by providing exceptional arts programming through the quality of live theatre, visual arts, and youth education, while strengthening the vitality of the local economy. DRAA celebrates the diversity of our community, and provides avenues for enriching the interpretation and discovery of the arts.
DRAA was incorporated in 1993 as a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization of the Lesher Center for the Arts, and the City of Walnut Creek’s designated curator for the Center’s programming and audience outreach.
Since it opened in 1990, the Lesher Center has become a vital cultural and economic force in the East Bay, hosting nearly 1,000 productions and community events a year and selling a record 230,000 tickets in 2009. With DRAA’s support, the Lesher Center and other professional arts organizations have transformed downtown Walnut Creek into an entertainment, dining, retail, and conference destination, generating more than $56 million in local economic activity. DRAA itself has grown from a nonprofit that provided $65,000 a year to a funding powerhouse that provides more than $750,000 annually. DRAA’s ground breaking youth education programs and community outreach serve the greater East Bay.
DRAA couldn’t do this without the strong partnerships we have forged with the City of Walnut Creek, individual donors, foundations, and the East Bay business community. We are governed by a 25-member Board of Directors. It is one of the most active, engaged, and well-connected Board of Directors in the Bay Area, made up of high-level executives from major corporations, business CEOs, and leaders in civic, community, and nonprofit sectors.