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City Programs

The City of San Ramon Parks & Community Services Department offers a wide variety of performing arts programs in theater, music and dance starting as young as 2 years old up to adults. For full details on class offerings please visit the Activity Guide.

For questions on Performing Arts Programs please contact Erika Valentine at  or (925) 973 - 3205.

Cultural Growth Grant Program

The Cultural Growth Grant Program is funded by a surcharge of one dollar per every ticket sold at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center and the Front Row Theater (for tickets that are over $5). The money is collected during one fiscal year and is available in the subsequent fiscal year for grants to offset rental fees for non-profit or community based groups that want to produce a performance that will augment and enhance the current cultural offerings in the City.

Click here for more information on the Cultural Growth Grant Program

Supporting The Arts

The City of San Ramon Arts Advisory Committee is committed to supporting the arts community in San Ramon. They have recently published this Arts Marketing Toolkit to assist those involved in the local arts community.

>>Download the Arts Marketing Toolkit

Why arts?

“Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.”

Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperate Communications, Xerox Corporation

“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.”

Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education

". . . the arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children's minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization - ours included - the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term 'education.' We know from long experience that no one can claim to be truly educated who lacks basic knowledge and skills in the arts."

–National Standards for Arts Education


The Significance of the Arts