For more than 42 years, the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC), has supported the visual, literary, and performing arts and arts facilities. By collaborating with other arts organizations, civic partners, and those passionate about the arts, PCAC has reached thousands of school age children with outstanding arts education programs, provided one-time scholarships to emerging young artists, brought concert bands to the elementary and high schools, and helped provide arts facilities to the community.
PCAC is committed to the belief that the arts nurture the spirit of those in our communities. Our mission is to ADVOCATE for all
the arts, PROVIDE LEADERSHIP, EDUCATE, and PROVIDE GRANTS and QUALITY PROGRAMMING to Pleasanton to ensure that present
and future generations have access to the arts. We believe that the wonder and magic of the arts lift the human spirit and illuminate our world.
PCAC was incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting an interest in and appreciation for all forms of art. At first facilities-oriented, PCAC rallied community support for the construction of a Cultural Arts Building on Black Avenue to house arts activities. This building is now owned and operated by the City of Pleasanton and is still used for the arts.
During the 1980s, PCAC worked with the City of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Unified School District to help raise over $800,000 in order to renovate the then-closed Amador Theater.
The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council played an integral role in bringing the new Firehouse Arts Center to Pleasanton. Fundraising was spearheaded by the sister organization, the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Foundation (PCAF). It was because of PCAF’s fundraising efforts, grassroots networking and vision that eventually a partnership was formed with the City of Pleasanton to save the old Firehouse in historic downtown Pleasanton and turn it into the new Firehouse Arts Center.