Concerts and PCAC Resources Support Pleasanton
School’s Music and Visual Arts Programs
To help ensure a rich and sustainable program in music/strings in the Pleasanton schools, Kelly Cousins and Dave Wright, co-presidents of the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC), donated $7,000 of PCAC resources to the music program at the May 24th Board Meeting of the Pleasanton School District. Cousins spoke about “how–years ago–there was a 20 year hiatus in the strings program.”
Then, 12 years ago, PCAC advocated—with others– for a full time faculty member in the 4th and 5th grades to begin a strings program; also PCAC donated musical instruments—and, eventually, a full-scale strings program developed up through Foothill and Amador high schools. PCAC wanted that to continue. “Our community and schools need to ensure funds for music programs that support thousands of students. You cannot just start and stop music programs after students have studied and begun playing instruments– and then expect them to ‘pick up’ where they left off if program staff is underfunded for a year or two,” said Wright. “PCAC was proud to give some small assistance, to add to what PPIE and PSEE have already offered,” he said.
Additionally, Charlotte Severin and Dave Wright, co-chairs for the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council two-piano benefit concert this year with Tamriko Siprashvili and Temirzhan Yerzhanov, and Delores Bengtson, concert committee member, presented a second check for $7,000 to Jim Hansen, acting superintendent for the Pleasanton Unified School District. That money will go to support visual arts in Pleasanton Primary Schools.
Another amazing benefit concert is planned for Feb. 4, 2017 with a piano and guitar extravaganza starring internationally acclaimed artists: pianist Tamriko Siprashvili and Guitarist Peter Argondizza. The program is desidned to delight all ages and should be a “sold out” event, so everyone is encouraged to get their tickets as soon as they are available. Check the Firehouse Box office: 931- 4848. The concert will be at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton.
Amador Theater Concerts
PCAC has staged two successful classical piano concerts at the Amador Theater during the last two years–concerts that brought in just under $20,000 to support our “Arts in the Schools Program” in Pleasanton’s nine primary schools.
PCAC is now planning its next concert for Feb 4, 2017 to include Tamriko Siprashvili in concert with a classical guitarist, Peter Argondizza. The program will present a lively variety of music suitable for all ages. When details are settled, look for the program posting on this website.
Recent Arts Partnership
In addition, PCAC is partnering with the Tri-Valley YMCA to support its “Youth Arts Fair” in August of 2016. The fair will include entries from the 400 students who are enrolled in the YMCA summer program. Watch for listings of the location, time, and date of this “celebration of our youth” through art.
PCAC is also working with the Civic Arts Commission, the City, and with financial donors to bring a piece of sculptural art to the City- renovated Cultural Arts Building. That building is on Black Avenue, right next to the Delores Bengtson Aquatic Center.
City Signature Downtown Event
Because the Civic Arts Commission has agreed to take over the core of the “Big Draw” Chalk and Arts Festival which PCAC created, managed, and staged for three years (2013-2015), there will be no such event in 2016. The event–most likely under a different name– will be expanded and resume in 2017, under the leadership of the City of Pleasanton. PCAC will partner with the City to help grow the event. It will take one year of planning enlarge the event though partnership with whatever groups wish to participate in the planning and execution of this newly conceived and enriching event, Watch for announcements of the date, time, and place on this website.
Stained Glass Art Piece to Return to Pleasanton
PCAC is presently seeking a location for the return of Margene Gerton Rivara’s stained glass window which was removed from the Pleasanton Hotel and from the city many years ago. The piece has a race horse theme and historic value–and it would be delightful to see its return to Pleasanton. The piece is presently just outside Portland, Oregon.