For over 23 years, the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) has been promoting and sponsoring arts organizations, artists and special community events, presenting award-winning art exhibitions, hosting public forums, providing grants to arts groups, and offering arts education programs such as our highly praised Summer Arts Camp for children 7-14 years of age. In 2020, w changed our name to Vallejo Center for the Arts (VCA) as it more accurately reflects our mission.

Empress Theatre in Vallejo

VCA is proud to serve as an "umbrella organization" to small Vallejo arts groups and special projects, enabling them to develop funding and awareness for their arts-related programs.

The Empress Theatre was built in 1911 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is a historical landmark in the heart of downtown Vallejo, California. The Empress Theatre is operated by the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF), a non-profit corporation, which reopened the Theatre in 1991. Historic Theatres are the legacy of visionary showmen who build them showcasing entertainment that was uniquely American. 

The Empress Theatre programming includes jazz, comedy, symphonic music, opera, films, dance, and more! 


The Vallejo Center for the Arts facilitates and advocates participation in the arts, including the promotion of the rich history of the arts in Vallejo and surrounding communities, the development of educational programs, support for Vallejo arts organizations, and the celebration of our cultural diversity through the arts.


The Vallejo Center for the Arts seeks to be a cultural force recognized for its programming and support for the arts.