VCAF Mission Statement:

To facilitate and advocate Vallejo community participation in the Arts, including the promotion of the rich history of the Arts in Vallejo, the development of educational programs and support for Vallejo Arts organizations, and the celebration of our unique cultural diversity through the expressions of Art.


Who we are

The Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) was founded as a California Public Benefit Corporation in 1991. The primary objectives and purposes of VCAF are to promote and enhance public awareness, appreciation, and participation in community arts programs; to hold fund-raising campaigns, social events, and community programs to promote arts and cultural facilities; to manage the receipt of funds from the City of Vallejo for allocation to cultural and arts programs; to be responsible for the overall management and funding of designated community arts facilities; and to raise and disburse funds for community arts programs and facilities.

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Board of Trustees

Timothy MacDonald, President
Deanna Baillie, Vice President
"Vacant Office", Treasurer
Leigh Beck, Secretary

Members at Large:
Susan MacDonald
Raymond Victor Mommsen
Brian O'Reilly
Brenda Crawford
Tom Arie Donch
Ken Mullen

Raymond Victor Mommsen

City Council Liaison:
Katy Meissner

Advisory Board Members:
Celeste Smeland
Frank Malifrando


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What we do

The Arts Foundation is committed to arts education for children and adults and produces programs to support this commitment. We continue to improve our Summer Arts Camp for children, Post-Kindergarten – Sixth Grade, (ages 7-14,) with a deepening curriculum. This has been met with great appreciation and support from the community. The courses are taught by local professional artists, with arts assistants to ensure one on one attention to the children. Such classes as Mosaics, Acrylic Painting, 3-D Clay, Raku Fired ceramics, Photography, Sketching, Silk Screening, and Music are included in the 2014 program. We offer the Summer Arts Camp for $275 per child for 2 weeks. Some scholarships are available to make sure low-income children from our community can attend.

The Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) is the manager and operator of the historic Empress Theatre, a mixed-use performing arts center. The Empress Theatre is key to the revitalization of historic downtown Vallejo and a cornerstone to the overall downtown/waterfront development master plan. VCAF worked with the City of Vallejo and Triad Communities, LLP in an historic public-private-nonprofit partnership to develop the Empress Theatre.

The Empress fills the existing need for a venue in Vallejo that will serve as a performing arts center and movie house. The primary goal of the Downtown Master Plan is to incorporate mixed land uses which are pedestrian-friendly and allow the downtown and the waterfront to evolve into the social, cultural, recreational and entertainment hub of the City of Vallejo.

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The Arts in Vallejo

  • Empress Theatre
  • Vallejo Music Theatre
  • Mira Theatre
  • Vallejo Symphony
  • Vallejo Open Studios
  • Vallejo Arts Alliance

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    How you can participate

    It is through the generosity of our donors that the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation is able to offer a wide range of diverse cultural and educational programs to benefit our community. There are varied levels of sponsorship for both individual and business donors, as well as ways to sponsor specific programs. 

    For more information about participating, please visit our Empress Theatre Participate page. To sign up for volunteering at the Empress Theatre please visit our Empress Theatre Volunteer page.

    To volunteer with the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation, please send an e-mail to

    There are many volunteer opportunities with the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation, including:

    • Summer Arts Camp classroom assistant
    • A number of volunteer needs at the historic Empress Theatre
    • Major and minor carpentry
    • General administrative support
    • Serving on special event committees
    • Public relations activities
    • Board Membership
    • Fundraising, donation and sponsorship solicitations

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