Classical KDFC Neighborhood Arts Spotlight, showcasing the great work of the Bay Area’s lesser-known, but no less important, non-profit Arts Organizations!

The Bay Area’s Arts Community boasts hundreds of organizations: music, theater, dance, visual arts, digital arts, and many that are breaking new ground in ways that are hard to classify! Many of these groups are small with shoe-string budgets and limited resources, so their inspired and sometimes groundbreaking work often goes virtually unnoticed. Click here to apply!

This month, the Classical KDFC Neighborhood Arts Spotlight shines on:


Founded in 1992, PEERS’s mission is to produce and sponsor re-creations of historical works of dance, music and theater with an emphasis on audience interaction: Dedicated to the idea of entertainment as something for people to do rather than watch. Their historical and literary re-creation events have covered a wide number of historical periods and have included such diverse events as a Canterbury Tales Feast & Ball, a Mostly Mozart Ball set in the Amadeus universe, and their famous annual Le Bal des Vampires, a recreation of a 19th century French costume ball.

Listen to our Neighborhood Arts Spotlight on PEERS below:

Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

Located in Oakland, California within the lovely seven acre Gardens at Lake Merritt, the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt is a living bonsai display museum with a collection of over 200 masterpiece bonsai specimens, including the Daimyo Oak, the first bonsai brought into the US from Japan during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Run by 100 volunteers, the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt educates and inspires members of the public and provides a tranquil setting for visitors to escape the noise and pace of the city into a garden that celebrates art and science.

Listen to our Neighborhood Arts Spotlight on Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt below:

Chamber Music Monterey Bay

Founded 50 years ago, Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents 5 concerts a Season, October-May, featuring world-renowned artists at the Sunset Cultural Center – a 718-seat destination venue in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. Featuring exciting and innovative programming, their chamber music is unique in its capacity for evoking feelings of fellowship, participation, and inclusiveness.

Listen to our Neighborhood Arts Spotlight on Chamber Music Monterey Bay below:

Coastside Community Orchestra

The Coastside Community Orchestra is a group of musicians of diverse backgrounds, ages and musical expertise who perform 3-4 concerts a year in Half Moon Bay, using funds raised from their concerts and donations to provide scholarships to local youth and music education in schools. 
This past year alone, the orchestra board provided funding for over 200 Half Moon Bay school children to attend the San Francisco Symphony’s Concert for Kids.

Listen to our Neighborhood Arts Spotlight on Coastside Community Orchestra below: