History

 

For over 23 years, the Vallejo Center for the Arts (VCA) 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.

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- elated 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 Center for the Arts (VCA), 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! 

Mission

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.

Vision

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

 

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

 

The Vallejo Center for the Arts strives to reflect and celebrate the diversity of the City of Vallejo through our programming, artists, board and partners. We are dedicated to creating an environment which celebrates the beauty of our shared humanity and the ability of the arts  to unite our residents to live healthy, fulfilling lives free of racism, poverty, violence and other systems of oppression. We believe that focusing on race and racism, will lead to positive outcomes for all oppressed communities.

 

We are aware that it is the responsibility of cultural institutions to create structures that dismantle biased traditions and practices. We are committed to providing basic race equity training to all staff, board of directors and other key volunteers.

 

We are actively working to embrace historically marginalized communities in our work by addressing specific areas of known under-representation:

 

  • Ensure our artistic output is reflective of our community and our goals surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion

  • Develop and implement action plans that target the removal or mitigation of specific racial barriers within our structure

  • Ensure that hiring processes and staff management practices are inclusive and respectful of BIPOC populations

  • Actively reach out to BIPOC populations for employment and volunteer candidates

  • Review vendor practices for greater inclusion of minority business enterprises

  • Establish relationships and partnerships with under-represented populations as stakeholders in the neighborhood and community-at-large