Arts Organizations

The City of Richmond and surrounding areas are home to regionally and nationally acclaimed arts and culture programs. The city library system is noted for its excellence and the Community Heritage Project (a Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund project) identified dozens of community-based ethnic and folk art activities ranging from a Germanic folk choir, to Laotian handicrafts and African-American quilting traditions.

Central to the achievement of visibility of the arts in Richmond is the creation of a partnership with the major arts organizations, city departments and businesses. In 1995 the Commission Chair began monthly meetings with the executive directors of the five major arts organizations for the purpose of collaboratively addressing common concerns (Arts Forum Richmond). City officials are invited, as appropriate to the issue or information needed, as are community or business leaders.

Arts and Culture Brochure (pdf)

Arts Forum Brochure (pdf)

Local Organizations

Regional Organizations

State and National

Local Arts Organizations

Richmond Art Center

2540 Barrett Avenue

Civic Center Plaza

Richmond, CA 94804


Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10:00 am – 4:30 pm)


East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

399 11th Street

Richmond, CA 94801


All levels of individual and group classes in dance, music, theater, and media are taught by professional performing artists in a creative, supportive environment. Children from ages 3 to adults are welcome. Please call or check the website to learn more about the Center's programs.


National Institute of Arts and Disabilities (NIAD)

551 23rd Street near Barrett

Richmond, CA


Hours: Monday – Friday (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)


Richmond Museum of History

400 Nevin Avenue, corner of 4th Street

Civic Center Plaza

Richmond, CA 94804


Permanent Exhibits:

  • Richmond History from Prehistoric times to World War II
  • The Red Oak Victory Ship
  • Highlights of Richmond agricultural beginnings, industrial achievements, and cultural legacy.


The SS Red Oak Victory Ship - AK-235

Terminal 1, 1500 Dornan Drive

Richmond, CA 94801

Ship Phone: 510-237-2933


Ongoing tours and public events. Currently being restored. The last surviving Victory ship. Built in Richmond at the Kaiser Shipyards in 1944. Has onboard museum and gift shop.


Masquers Playhouse

105 Park Place

Point Richmond, CA 94801



Richmond Public Library

325 Civic Center Plaza

Richmond, CA 94801


Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed (10 am - 8 pm) Th & Sat (10 am - 5 pm) Fri & Sun (1 - 5 pm)



Richmond Health Center

100 38th Street

Richmond, CA 94804



Regional Arts Organizations

Art Links

Arts and Culture Commission-Contra Costa County (AC5)

Arts Wire

Artist Resources

National Assembly

State and National Organizations

Cal Arts Advocates

Americans for the Arts

California Arts Council

California Lawyers for the Arts