Our goal is to ensure that every student in the Tri-Valley is provided with an opportunity to experience the arts each year through educational activities. LVPAC presents performances at schools and at the Bankhead Theater and provides free monthly family events, as well as workshops and master classes with visiting artists. Portions of these activities are underwritten through generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.
Throughout the year, LVPAC funds a number of cultural arts programs, free family events, workshops and master classes, in-school performances, the East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars program, as well as helps subsidize $20 student tickets for all LVPACPresents performances. Portions of these activities are underwritten through generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.
Preview of our arts education programs.
Livermore Innovation Fair – May 4th
Screening of “Angst” – March 26
Angst is an engaging documentary that takes this issue head-on by helping communities all across the U.S. start the conversation about anxiety between families, community leaders and experts while providing tools, resources, and hope for those currently suffering. Angst dives deeply into the stories of several young people
who are suffering from anxiety, the impact it has had on their lives and relationships, and how they’ve found solutions and hope. This film also features interviews with mental health experts, as well as a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. “Many people don’t understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it,” said Phelps. I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of Angst to further the dialogue around mental health and to help people understand the impact anxiety has on our mental state and encourage people, especially kids, to ask for help.”
Chinese New Year Celebration – February 10th
The event will include a colorful and dramatic lion dance, one of the most familiar Chinese New Year traditions, by KungFu Dragon USA who will also perform an exhibition of martial arts. Xiaopei Chinese Dance will also be performing, and two presentations will be offered. Margaret Zhao of the Life Renewing Center will speak on “Chinese Health and Healing: The Art of QiGong” and a representative from the Dragon School in Oakland’s Chinatown will talk about the success of their innovative community street art program for young people and artists.
Throughout the morning, an art activity station will allow visitors to create a Chinese New Year craft to take home. Food, including authentic Chinese dim sum and noodles, will be for sale in the concessions area, and a festive Community Altar will be set up so visitors can offer gifts such as fruit, flowers or money for good tidings of health and prosperity in the coming year.
Brandford Marsalis Masterclass, January 21st
Native American and Hip Hop School Assembly – Jan 18th
Mary Putoff, Education program Manager at American Indian center located in Livermore, demonstrates North American Tribal Dances with cultural context, music, and brilliant regalia. The assembly is well attended by Amador Valley Elementary School students. Students also participated in Hip Hop dancing focus on learning the top five elements of hip hop dance, including popping, locking, breaking, boogaloo and social dances
A Celebration of African American Culture – January 12th
African American culture was celebrated with dancing and music by Benjamin Ofori and the Bodac Cultural Group on Jan. 12 at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. The event included an explanation and presentation of the Kwanzaa holiday, hands-on craft tables, and an African safari booth. It featured a historical display illustrating the contributions of African people in America, from Sojourner Truth to Neil deGrasse Tyson and Barack Obama. The event took place in-between the official dates of Kwanzaa and African-American History Month which happens every February.
Winter Holiday Arts Workshop – December 5th
LVPAC brought holiday arts and crafts workshop for all the GATE ( Gifted and Talented Education) of Livermore schools students to Rancho Elementary School. Guided by volunteer arts leaders, students in 4th and 5th grade had the opportunity to put their imagination to work creating an ornament to take home for the holidays. This year students experience an unforgettable time to paint and created an exceptional canvas with Pinot Palette.
Diwali, November 4th
A free Diwali event was offered on the Bankhead Plaza on November 4th . Honoring an ancient Hindu festival in Nepal and India, Diwali is a harvest festival marking the last harvest of the year before the start of winter and spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The community event included such traditional Diwali activities as diya decorations, henna, rangoli art, Indian classical songs, and dancing, as well as a storytelling of the history and meaning of Diwali and free craft projects for children.
Mariachi Herencia De Mexico, October 27
Mariachi Herencia de México will lead a music workshop with local students reviewing a musical score from a song performed in the show. The session will focus on the development of an appreciation for Mariachi music as students learn about and how to play Mariachi music and how it relates to the history of Mexico. The workshop emphasizes the mariachi style and performance. Students learn increasingly complex concepts and elements of music they apply to interpret music as well as how to perform effectively when they play as individuals and in ensembles.
LA Theater works Masterclass, October 11
The L.A. Theatre Works’ audition master workshop was an exciting event designed to share with actors, both student and professional, some of the techniques that are invaluable in pursuing a career in theater, television, and film. The workshop taught by the members of the L.A. Theatre Works company – professionals with impressive resumes and plenty of audition war stories. They cover topics such as getting rid of audition fears, selection of material, how to prepare for an audition with dress and manner, and the audition/callback process itself. Students learn hot
to demonstrate the ways to deal with audition anxieties, etiquette with casting directors and directors, and many other related topics.
Filipino Barrio Fiesta, October 7
October officially marks Filipino American History Month in the United States. October’s significance as Filipino American History Month is due to the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States when on October 18, 1587, “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esparanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. Throughout the event, there will be performances by the Livermore Fil-Am Dance Troupe, Fil Am Veterans Rondalla, Joseph Galang, Kali Association of America, Pallen’s Martial Arts, Nita Nowakowski’s Dance Troupe, K Fresh, DJ Bitesize, Arthur Barinque and Denise Bridges, and Granada Hip Hop Club.
Dandia , October 6
Taste Of Africa, October 6
Cheza Nami Foundation presents the 7th Annual extravaganza and adventure into African Culture- A Taste of AFRICA in Downtown Livermore at the Bankhead Theater Plaza. It was a day-long event and present the celebration of culture and diversity and activities include children’s craft and instrument exploration, face painting, vendor booths, traveling art exhibit and outdoor stage performances by local artists showcasing music and dance from select African and diaspora communities.
Native American Celebration, September 28
A free family-friendly event, there will also be Tipi building demonstrations, dancing, singing and plenty of hands-on crafts and artifact displays. Governor Ronald Reagan established the California holiday in 1968 to honor Native Americans and their culture. The event featured the very first Mini Pow-Pow dancing ceremony ever to be held in the East Bay with over 25 dancers participated.
Choosing Love for Livermore, August 16
Scarlett Lewis experienced something that no parent should ever have to endure: she lost her son Jesse in an act of unimaginable violence. The day started just like any other, but when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Scarlett’s life changed forever. Scarlett say’s an angry thought can be changed. The Choose Love Movement is teaching children and adults how they can choose love and we have started Choose Love Movements all over the World. The Sandy Hook tragedy started with an angry thought in the shooter’s head. But we can change those angry thoughts into loving thoughts. Our mission is to teach kids that they have control over their thoughts and put them to work for them. Making kids aware that they have to power to control their thoughts and all the benefits of turning their angry thoughts into loving thoughts is the Choose Love Movement. View the Kron4 video here. and
For the second year, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will host students and their families at a Back-to-School Celebration featuring opportunities to experience and explore art, music, and science at the Bankhead Theater. It was held on, the last Saturday before the new school years starts, the event will include an immersive planetarium experience, live music performances, storytime with local children’s’ book authors, and hands-on science, arts and crafts activities. The event is offered in partnership with Top Science of Tri-Valley, LARPD, and bitsbytesandpixels. Over 400 people enjoyed the event. Over 170 people enjoyed the Planetarium.
Various Summer Workshop – 2018
Each year, the Bothwell Arts Center and Bankhead Theater are home to summer arts and music programs for students from elementary school to high school and above. These interactive, hands-on classes provide opportunities for discovery and exploration in art, acting, music, writing, TV production, and more. This year we presented seven camps including a two-week intensive musical theatre camp is brought to the Bothwell Arts Center by Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT). This program is guided by professional instructors and concludes with a student production of “Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, JR” on the Bankhead stage. A new Television Production camp through Giraffe Space has also been added to a summer lineup that includes the following:
The return of Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s acting camp, Derik Nelson & Family’s music workshop for teens, Creative writing and Art Camp at the Bothwell
International Yoga Day, June 21
In honor of International Yoga Day, a free outdoor yoga and meditation session was held in the Shea Homes Plaza outside the
Bankhead Theater. The third IYD was celebrated in the Heart of Livermore Downtown, and hundreds of people bending, stretching and twisting their bodies to different yogic asanas. The event was Instructor by Dragonfly Yoga + Wellness and Joya Yoga, Omni fitness
Mariachi De Mexico Education outreach, MAY 4
As part of Bankhead Theater Education outreach, Maestro Jose Delgado Mariachi Sol de Mexico is support the local youth mariachi ensemble. Jose will lead the education outreach. 26 students and adults got an opportunity to interact with the Band. This way students get a better sense of the elements that go into performance and witness the musicians play during a working session.
Second Annual Innovation Fair “Art in Technology” – APR 14
Thank you to all who participated in the 2nd annual largest Educational Outreach effort of the year. The Livermore Innovation Fair is a FREE family-friendly event that is part science fair, high-tech exhibition, art show, and community celebration. Designed to energize and engage K-12 students, Innovation Fair promotes connection with the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) curriculum.
Your excellent demonstrations, thoughtful questions, and creative exhibits were amazing. Your participation made a powerful impact on the community. Over thousands of people witnessed the event. More Pictures
East Bay Jazz High School All Stars Sunday, March 11
Bothwell Arts center hosted East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars Band. Headed by director Spencer Sussman, the East Bay Jazz High School All Stars program offer students a priceless opportunity for real world performance experience. Selected by audition each fall, the group performs both in a big band format as well as a smaller Jazz Combo, made up of students selected specifically for their ability to improvise LVPAC supports the group by identifying performance opportunities and providing some financial support through the Educational Fund.
DLux Puppets “Alice in Wonderland” School Show — February 2018
Remarkable puppetry and clever digital scenery brings to life the classic tale of Alice’s journey through the marvelous world of the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. A fun musical adaptation sure to appeal to kids, DLux Puppets and LVPAC brought elementary school students in for a morning show, in addition to a Sunday family matinee
Las Positas College Field Trip – February 2018
More than a dozen students enrolled in Las Positas College’s MUS 37: Commercial Business and Music Industry class were welcomed at the Bankhead. They received a facility tour and short Q&A presentation by key staff on the many career opportunities in the performing arts — from management and fundraising, to backstage crew, concessions and graphic arts.
Free Family Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo – December 2017
LVPAC brought together Livermore-Amador Symphony and guest, Valley Dance Theatre, for the 3rd annual free family concert. Featured were holiday favorites and selections offered by Valley Dance Theatre from their production of “The Nutcracker.” An instrument petting zoo offered a priceless opportunity to interact with the musicians and their instruments before attendees departed for the Downtown Livermore Holiday Parade.
Workshop with Native American Flute Master R. Carlos Nakai and Native American Celebration on the Plaza – Sep’ 2017
R. Carlos Nakai, master of the Native American wood flute, together with lyraharp guitarist William Eaton and percussionist Will Clipman offered Livermore’s 2nd grade students a window into the world of Native American music and music making on September 21. In celebration of California’s Native American Day, on September 22, a free family event on the plaza showcased demonstrations of tipi building, dancing and singing as well as artifacts, crafts and food. Both events were offered in association with Livermore’s American Indian Center working with the center’s director Mary Puthoff who has dedicated more than three decades to preserving and sharing the music, dances and other cultural traditions of American Indian tribes.
Discounted Student Tickets (21 & under) are available for most of our LVPAC Presents ($20) and Resident Company performances (prices vary)! Bring a valid student ID to purchase your ticket, or to pick-up from will-call. There is a one ticket limit per student; prices and availability are subject to change. Enjoy the performance!
Help us share the performing arts with children. To learn more about these programs that support school and family performances and student tickets or to donate by phone or mail, please contact our Education staff at 925-583-2312 or email us for assistance.
DLUX Puppets will return this season to the Bankhead Theater with two visually stunning and entertaining family shows, fun musical adaptations of the beloved tales of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan.” The multimedia retellings use state-of-the-art digitally-projected scenery, high-quality life-sized puppetry, and actors, weaving in popular songs from past decades. “Alice in Wonderland” will be shown on Monday, December 3, 2018, for two performances and DLUX Puppets’ new production of “Peter Pan” will be presented on Monday, March 25th, 2019 at the Bankhead.
How does a student know what is expected of him or her if that student has never before attended a live performance? To help answer that question and provide a roadmap for proper theatre etiquette, download this helpful guide.