Educational Outreach

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.

Educational Activities

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 $17 student tickets for all LVPAC Presents performances. Portions of these activities are underwritten through generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.


Holiday Ornament Making  December 2017 

LVPAC brings holiday arts and crafts into Junction School in December. Guided by volunteer arts leaders, students in 4th and 5th grade will have the opportunity to put their imagination to work creating an ornament to take home for the holidays.  Last year students sewed together felt pieces and decorated their own colorful winter owls, and this year a new ornament is planned.


Free Family Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo  December 2017

LVPAC brought together Livermore-Amador Symphony and guests, Valley Dance Theatre, for the third annual free family concert.  The concert featured seasonal holiday favorites and selections offered by Valley Dance Theatre from their production of “The Nutcracker.” Afterwards an instrument petting zoo offered a priceless opportunity to interact with the musicians and their instruments before attendees could depart for the Downtown Livermore Holiday Parade.

STEAM Fest November 2017

Livermore Valley Performing teamed with Livermore Valley Unified School District to offer STEAM Fest for students in grades K-10 with a variety of workshops covering topics from robotics to the science of drawing. Held this year at Marylin Avenue Elementary School, the six hands-on sessions included topics such as “Defeat the Zombie with Java” and “Star Wars: The Program Awakens,” the science of drawing, circuit art, NAO Robots, and Python.

“Art, the ‘A’ in STEAM, is a vital element in providing a holistic curriculum for students in the 21 st century and beyond,” said Kiran Guleria, Education Program Manager for LVPAC. “STEAM programs are changing the landscape of the classroom for today’s students. It has always been part of LVPAC’s mission to share the arts with students in our community and to help connect the element of artistic creativity to the rest of their learning experience. STEAM Fest is one of the many ways we do that throughout the year.”

The two-hour STEAM Fest workshops were led by teachers from Devoxx4Kids whose founder, Arun Gupta, is especially enthusiastic about partnering with LVPAC for this event.  The event also received a generous grant from the Hindu Community and Cultural Center, Shiva Hindu Temple, as well as a sponsorship from Trivalleycoderdojo to provide use of laptop computers and other technology for use during workshops.

Workshop with Native American Flute Master R. Carlos Nakai and
Native American Celebration on the Plaza — September 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.

Diwali: Celebration of the Lights — October 2017

A free Diwali event was offered on the Bankhead Plaza on October 22. 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.

Summer Music Camp with Derik Nelson and Family – August 2017

For five exhilarating days in August, siblings Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson shared their remarkable musical talents with a dozen local students ranging from 12-17. The workshop focused on singing, songwriting and performance techniques, challenging students to acquire new skills and build additional confidence along the way.

The end-of-week performance was described by one parent as “awe-inspiring” but what meant the most to the students was the kind and nuturing creative environment the Nelsons offered.  LVPAC is exploring the possibilities of bringing back the Nelsons for another music camp in 2018. Stay tuned for more information!

Student Tickets

Discounted Student Tickets (21 & under) are available for most of our LVPAC Presents ($17) 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!

How getting involved in performing arts can help your child

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At Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, we strive to not only provide incredible entertainment but also to enrich the minds of our audience. Part of that includes grabbing the attention of young people.

Studies have shown that involvement in the arts is associated with improvement in math, reading, critical thinking, problem-solving and more. The benefits don’t end in the classroom, however.

  1. Those that enroll in the arts, whether music, dance or drama, tend to have more advanced self-presentation skills than their peers. In turn, that leads to greater confidence and poise in stressful situations.
  2. The arts offer an ideal platform for self-expression. For example, children that play an instrument often find their music to be therapeutic. That means that while they may not be mature enough to talk yet about emotions like an adult, they can still express them in a highly effective manner.
  3. Performing arts makes great exercise. Think about how physically fit a singer must be to hold notes for an extended period of time!
  4. Problem-solving and perseverance can come from being involved in the arts. Let’s say that your child is involved in a play. From start to finish, they will have to learn collaboration and develop a number of reasoning and critical thinking skills, in addition to motivation and concentration.
  5. Being a part of the arts can promote empathy and compassion. You might be thinking to yourself that all of the previously mentioned benefits can be attained by getting your child into sports. That may be true, but performing arts can also grow your child’s interpersonal skills. As opposed to winning and losing, the arts deals primarily with working toward a performance goal, as well as the child’s individual development throughout the process.


Educational Outreach

We want to provide every student in the Tri-Valley with a chance to experience the arts through educational activities. That’s why LVPAC presents performances at schools and at the Bankhead Theater and provides free monthly events, workshops, master classes with visiting artists and so many more fun opportunities.

As you’ll see on our Educational Outreach page, LVPAC funds The Easy Bay Jazz All-Stars, as well as other programs in the area. Students can enjoy tickets to the family-friendly Bankhead Theater events for just $16.

Recent Educational Outreach Events

  • Run Boy Run concert – In November, our audience enjoyed a performance by the winners of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest. Folks of all ages loves the sound of the traditional style of the Appalachian South.
  • A master class with Scottish vocalist, Julie Fowlis, whose voice was featured in Disney’s Brave.
  • Family holiday performance – This event included performances by Livermore-Amador Symphony, Cantabella Children’s Chorus and Valley Dance Theatre. Children were also invited to get up close and personal with the musician’s instruments following the performance.
  • Christmas ornament craft workshop – LVPAC hosted this event Dec. 14 and it was a huge success as children and their parents created homemade ornaments for the holiday season.

If your child is interested in the performing arts, LVPAC has plenty of opportunities for them to get started. Feel free to contact us for more information.

And don’t forget that 2017 will be filled with unforgettable operas, ballet, theatre, concerts, holiday events and more.

Three Gold Medal Winning Livermore Wines Supporting Arts Education

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wine-box_250x300This unique gift box features three Gold Medal-winning Livermore Valley wines in the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; packed in a natural pine wooden box with the Livermore Arts Bankhead Theater logo. Includes one bottle each of Mia Nipote 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1846 by Nottingham Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, and Cuda Ridge Wines 2013 Malbec. All proceeds support the LVPAC Education Fund.
Purchase must be picked up at the Bankhead Theater lobby between 12 noon – 6 pm.



How to Contribute

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 development staff at 925-583-2305 or email us for assistance.

Support for Education Programs (PDF)


JAN 3-5, 2018 – 10am to 4pm

Sign up for the perfect creative outlet for the winter break. Multiple fun projects will be created: canvas, paper, drawing, painting and lots more! An artists’ reception will take place on Friday where family and friends are invited to see the works on display, and the artists get gallery experience. Perfect for the budding artist and the serious art students looking to stretch their depth of knowledge, techniques and portfolio pieces.  Fun themes; serious art.

$190 includes all art supplies. Limited scholarships available.
For registration form click here


DLux Puppets “Alice in Wonderland”
School Show FEB 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  will bring elementary school students in for a morning show, in addition to a  family matinee on Sunday, February 11.


Innovation Fair  APR 14, 2018

Plans are already underway for our largest Educational Outreach effort of the year. The second annual Innovation Fair is a family-friendly event that is part science fair, high-tech exhibition, art show and community carnival. Designed to energize and engage K-12 students, Innovation Fair promotes  connection with the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) curriculum.  Interactive displays, demonstrations, hands on activities, speakers, and more will be offered throughout the afternoon.


East Bay Jazz High School All Stars 

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. Click HERE for more information.


Theater Etiquette

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 road map for proper theatre etiquette, download this helpful guide.

Theater Etiquette PDF (English)

Etiqueta de Teatro PDF (Español)

Upcoming Events

Thu 21

An Irish Christmas

Thu, December 21 @ 7:30 pm
Sat 23

Olate Dogs

Sat, December 23 @ 2:00 pm
Sun 31
Jan 05

Dave Coulier

Fri, January 5, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Call 925.373.6800 or email for tickets and information