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 LVPAC Presents performances. Portions of these activities are underwritten through generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.
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.
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Back to School Celebration, August 11
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.
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.
Chinese New Year Celebration – February 2018
Hundreds gathered at the Bankhead to celebrate the Year of the Brown Dog. The dramatic lion dance, one of the most familiar Chinese New Year traditions, was performed by KungFu Dragon USA who also presented an exhibition of martial arts. Xiaopei Chinese Dance offered several short dances and two presentations were offered on “Chinese Health and Healing: The Art of QiGong” and the Dragon School of Oakland’s innovative community street art program. Lantern and brown dog puppet crafts, as well as traditional dumplings and noodles, were available inside the lobby.
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.
Holiday Ornament Making – December 2017
LVPAC brought holiday arts and crafts into Junction School in December. 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 used pine cones and paint to create their own colorful winter owls.
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.
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 nurturing 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!