Arts Partners

DRAA is proud to partner with producing organizations that are in alignment with DRAA’s mission and promote excellence in three pillars for the Find Your Center 25th Anniversary Campaign: Artistic ExcellenceTechnology, and Educational Outreach.

The Bedford Gallery
DRAA is proud to provide free school tours to all Contra Costa County students. In 2015-16, DRAA helped bring 6,000 students to Bedford to experience the visual arts and create, tinker and build. Every season, the gallery curates exhibitions with a variety of themes and with works by historic and contemporary artists, from both the East Bay and around the world. The shows reflect and appeal to the diversity of audiences in our community and are always inspiring, challenging, and accessible.

California Symphony
The California Symphony has grown into one of the West Coast’s most exciting and distinctive professional orchestras. With its home at the Lesher Center, the California Symphony performs a full range of classical music, with a particular emphasis on works by American composers. The symphony, with funding from DRAA, also showcases world-famous soloists, rising young stars, and innovative, multi-dimensional ways of presenting music.

Center REPertory Company
This is the award-winning resident professional theatre company of the Lesher Center. For almost five decades, Center REP has produced emotionally engaging, intellectually involving, and visually astonishing live theater. The company presents six shows a year, including the beloved classic A Christmas Carol, as well as lively musicals, cutting-edge contemporary dramas, and side-splitting comedies.

Chamber Music San Francisco
This concert series brings some of the most outstanding artists in the Bay Area and beyond to Walnut Creek to perform great works of classical and contemporary chamber music.

Smuin Ballet
Founded in 1994 by the late choreographer Michael Smuin, Smuin Ballet quickly established itself as one of the country’s most entertaining, original dance troupes. The company continues Smuin’s vision of creating dance works that gracefully merge the vocabularies of classical ballet and contemporary dance.