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.
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 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!