Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is the non-profit organization that operates three spaces: the Bankhead Theater, the Bothwell Arts Center and Downtown Art Studios. The mission of LVPAC is to offer a broad range of arts opportunities and experiences to engage our diverse community. LVPAC's vision: The heart of a vibrant cultural arts community.
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Bothwell Arts Center and Downtown Art Studios
The Bothwell Arts Center serves as an incubator for the Tri-Valley’s vibrant arts community providing a nurturing environment for artists, performers and cultural arts organizations to create and grow their art. In 2006, the Bothwell Arts Center opened and, four years later, added the Downtown Art Studios, offering open work spaces in both that foster interaction and a rich exchange of creative ideas. Each October, LVPAC’s Artwalk blankets downtown Livermore with exhibits by artists ranging from long-time professionals to emerging artisans in every type of media.
For artists, regardless of their level, access to affordable space, and the support and freedom to explore and expand their creativity is essential. The Bothwell provides “a place where art happens.” Rental studios in both facilities, as well as space for classes, workshops, rehearsals, displays, and events, provide working room for teachers to share their skills in areas from perspective drawing and watercolor painting, to music lessons and improv. The large room at the Bothwell allows performing arts groups ample space for rehearsals and practice sessions. Space to nurture the arts benefits the community as well, providing a taste of different art forms and a close involvement with their creation.
The Bothwell is uniquely able to support artists at different stages of their career, from those exploring new techniques, to those expanding the scope of their work. Manager Linda Ryan describes how the Bothwell’s nurturing environment had a major impact on Jacob Hankinson, transforming a fledgling artist without direction, to an art school scholarship student. Encouraged to participate in Artwalk, Hankinson’s success there inspired him to rent space at the Downtown Art Studios, where engaging with other artists proved invaluable, sparking his creativity and helping him refine his technique. Today he is in a program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and looks forward to a future in the arts.
On any given day, the Bothwell Arts Center and Downtown Arts Studios are filled with artists coming together to further their art, give free rein to their vision, and support one another, providing a community to truly grow the arts in Livermore.
Since it opened in 2007, the Bankhead Theater has welcomed a diverse range of artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the rich experience of live performance. The LVPAC Presents series includes more than 40 exceptional performances throughout the year. Music of all genres is presented, from authentic western swing and the Great American Songbook, to classic rock, smooth jazz and world music, as well as dance, acrobatics, theater, and comedy. Together with performances by the Resident Companies, local community groups, and touring shows, events at the Bankhead engage, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages.
Exposure to the performing arts has the potential to transform lives. Seeing, hearing and taking part in a performance can be exhilarating for children as they grow and develop, igniting their imagination and fueling creativity for the rest of their lives. LVPAC is dedicated to making the arts affordable and accessible; the season includes family-friendly shows and student tickets for nearly all LVPAC Presents events are priced at just $16. In addition, educational outreach to local schools and other groups offer children and the underprivileged special opportunities to get close to artists and the arts.
The Bankhead provides a rich environment for growth on both sides of the footlights. Performing in such an intimate venue benefits artists at all levels. The Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer has praised the Bankhead for its perfect acoustics, and artists seeking to make a transformation of their own have chosen to make it a stop on tour. Guitarist Jesse Cook included a concert at the Bankhead in 2013 to showcase his shift from the flamenco style that made him famous, to jazz R&B. And this season, actress Molly Ringwald, best known for her roles in such 1980s films as The Breakfast Club, brought jazz singing skills she has honed since childhood to the Bankhead, emerging as a skilled chanteuse with a charming take on the Great American Songbook.
Whether seated in the darkened theater, waiting backstage for an entrance cue, or enjoying a show outside on the Shea Homes stage, artists and audiences come together at the Bankhead Theater to share in the power of the performing arts.
Have you ever cried at a live performance? Have you ever been moved by a painting? Art can be transformative, art can inspire and art can give us moments of great insight. In its essence, art is about discovery... discovering more about yourself and the world. At the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, we provide those shared moments for the audience, for the artist and for our community.
We cannot do this alone. It is support from patrons like you that allow future audiences and artists, young and old, to discover the impact art can have.
The LVPAC programs that you enjoy depend on annual donations. Ticket sales cover only a portion of our operating budget. The balance is raised from our community of Annual Sponsors and Annual Members. There are many opportunities to support the work we do at LVPAC: Naming Recognition, Legacy Society, Education Fund, Student Tickets, Bothwell Arts Center and Bricks and Seats, to name a few.
To donate call 925.583.2305 or online at www.livermoreperformingarts.org.
For tickets call 925.373.6800, online at www.livermoreperformingarts.org or at the ticket office 2400 First Street, Downtown Livermore.