On June 2, 2007, RCW opened its doors to over 1400 people with a day of free community performances from Alameda High School Jazz Band, Chipman Middle School Drum Corps, Alameda Children's Musical Theater, hands-on art workshops and the opening of "The Art of Food" gallery exhibition. The Grand Opening gala performance included Bay Area artists: the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Brenda Wong Aoki, Mark Izu, Billy Allard, Samba Rio, Maze Daiko, Halau Makana, and DJ Vordo, representing a wealth of diverse arts and artists in the Bay Area.
RCW is a community-based arts center inclusive of regional and international arts. Its community, primarily comprising Alameda and Western Alameda County, will grow to embrace individuals from the broader Bay Area and visitors from around the nation and the world.
Diversity is a key component of RCW's mission. Instructors and classes will reflect the great range of cultural backgrounds in the Bay Area. Performances and exhibitions will draw on a rich diversity of creative talent. RCW serves a wide range of ages: children, youth, families and adults all have opportunities to participate in its programs.
RCW continues to establish relationships with local arts organizations and offers an affordable venue for community arts groups and gatherings. Virago Theater staged two runs in 2007 and Alameda Children's Musical Theater held 6 weeks of summer camp in 2007. Alameda Spiritual Living Center (ASLC) conducts services on Sunday mornings. RCW has hosted gatherings of the Alameda Collaborative for Children Youth and their Families, the Greater Alameda Business Association, and the Alameda Chamber of Commerce.
RCW is deeply committed to serving local artists. The intimate performance space is an ideal venue for smaller and emerging artistic groups that do not have access to rehearsal and performing spaces. RCW is a place for artists to converge and collaborate, enabling the promotion and presention of their work to new audiences.
International partnerships are bringing widespread attention to the community. RCW's ongoing relationship with Kodo Arts Sphere America (KASA), provides opportunities for the American public to learn about Japanese drumming, folkloric dance and song from world-famous Kodo artists. RCW is bringing these and other international artists to its facility for workshops and performances.