Education & Outreach

DRAA is especially proud of our Education & Outreach programs. Over the years, these programs have offered more than 40,000 East Bay students, teachers and chaperones the opportunity to experience high-quality live performances and visual arts exhibits. These programs engage students in the artistic process, cultivating an appreciation for the arts by combining education and entertainment which, together, help to make the arts a vital part of school and community life. Our Arts Access School Time Program offers funding for Title I schools, making arts programs accessible to students who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. Working closely with our corporate, foundation and individual partners, we are able to make these opportunities possible.

Our Education & Outreach programs are designed to offer access to as many students as possible, including a variety of schools with diverse economic backgrounds. No more than one performance or art gallery tour will be funded per class each school year.


    “The Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation has been involved as a funder and supporter of Diablo Regional Arts Association since 1995, providing early seed money to help establish and grow the organization. Our staff and board feel that it was one of our wisest investments as DRAA has grown into one of the best performing arts infrastructure groups in Contra Costa County … DRAA’s work with the Artistic Excellence program, Arts Access, the new Family Theater Festival, the greatly improved website, and many other supporting resources has been an important spark for not just the Lesher Center for the Arts, but for the entire arts community in Contra Costa and beyond.”–Kathleen Odne, Executive Director, Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation