The mission of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is to establish and operate a world-class performing arts center in the Tri-Valley that promotes and encourages the presentation and creation of visual and performing arts while enhancing the public's appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of the arts.
We believe that our mission to bring world-class arts and entertainment to the Tri-Valley includes providing school districts and private schools across the region with access to performances and artists that will change young people’s lives. Working in partnership with teachers, administrators, parents and students, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center hosts a wide range of arts education specific performances in the Bankhead Theater and at local schools (in-school events are offered at no cost) and provides workshops, study guides, master classes and teacher development opportunities using the artists that appear on our stage. During our first two seasons, over 42,000 students from across the Tri-Valley enjoyed performances at the Bankhead Theater or their school. LVPAC’s long term goal is to help integrate the arts into the standard curriculum, enhancing learning and creative thinking, along with cognitive and social skills, and assisting teachers to meet California VAPA Standards.
Our Student Ticket Program was created through an anonymous grant from a Livermore family to underwrite discount tickets for all LVPAC Presents events. Children ages 2-17 attend performances featuring world-class visiting artists in music, theater and dance for about 1/3 of the regular ticket price. This gift makes it affordable for parents to share the performing arts with their families. Recognizing the value of this new program, the Bill King Memorial Fund, in conjunction with the Livermore Y Men’s Club, subsidized student tickets, and have also recently contributed to the Arts Education Fund.
The Performing Arts Center's 500-seat Bankhead Theater, which opened on October 1, 2007, serves as the home for a number of the area's finest performing arts organizations, including Del Valle Fine Arts, Livermore Valley Opera, Livermore-Amador Symphony, Valley Dance Theater, Cantabella Children's Chorus, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre and the Valley Concert Chorale. In addition, the theater hosts visiting performance ensembles from around the Bay Area, including the Pacific Chamber Symphony, Lamplighters Musical Theatre, Oakland Ballet and the California Theatre Center, as well as providing performance and recital space for some of the area's music, dance and theatrical training programs. Finally, LVPAC presents a full array of performance activities drawn from artists and ensembles across the United States and beyond. The theater is also used for conferences, seminars, meetings and public events.
The Bothwell Arts Center serves as an arts incubator, offering affordable and rentable classroom, rehearsal, performance, event and studio rental space for artists, musicians, theatrical, acting, choral, and other individuals, groups or events with a cultural arts focus. We also offer an inexpensive Art Gym program, allowing artists working room without a large investment. Since we opened our doors in late 2006, over 9,000 people have benefited from classes, workshops, performances and events at the Bothwell Arts Center, from children to adults. Frequent renters include the Sycamore Strings Academy, Livermore Opera, Shakespeare's Associates, Livermore Amador Symphony, Pacific Chamber Symphony, and many others. We've been the home to the award-winning City of Livermore's Pathways to Picasso Program, regular visual and performing arts teachers and students, and now an ongoing dance program.
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center's second performance venue will be the dramatic 2000–Seat Regional Theater, currently scheduled to open in the Fall of 2015. The theater, featuring a unique, terraced seating layout that ensures that no seat is more than 125 feet from the stage, is designed to host full-scale Broadway touring productions along with some of the world’s most well-known artists and performing ensembles. In addition, a visitor’s center will be located adjacent to the tri-level atrium lobby. This visitor’s center will be open to the public during both performance and nonperformance times. Currently projected at $62 million, the theater is a collaborative partnership between LVPAC and the City of Livermore.
LVPAC’s goal is to provide arts and entertainment activities for the entire community throughout the year, energizing downtown Livermore and the Valley's arts and cultural scene.