Steady Support for FireHouse Arts Center Around Town, posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm Claudette McDermott is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Foundation (PCAF) is sponsoring “That’s Entertainment: A Gala Benefiting the Firehouse Arts Center.” The evening is being held on May 16, 2009 from 6:00-10:00 pm at the elegant Castlewood Country Club in the Pleasanton foothills and will include dining, live entertainment and visual arts. The gala is designed to prelude offerings the community will enjoy at the new cultural arts venue on Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton, scheduled for completion in early 2010. An exhibit and sale of outstanding art created by local artists plus a live auction, featuring unique items and value-packed get away packages, will round out the agenda and make it a truly memorable event. Tickets are $140 each and must be purchased in advance. Premiere seating is available for reserved tables of 8.
The Firehouse Arts Center, now under construction, will enrich the community with a 240-seat flexible studio theater, 2000 sq. feet of high-quality gallery space, two spacious and well-equipped art classrooms and 1350 sq. feet of grand lobby space. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are still welcomed for this event. For tickets or more information please visit www.pleasantonartsfoundation.org or call 925-846-1007.
What is of interest about this event is that during this period of economic downturn, support has been extremely steady and strong, attesting to the enthusiastic support of the community to complete funding for the new arts center. The event is truly a milestone of the project as the art experiences destined for the center will be shared during the evening with attending guests, giving the long awaited arts center a first breath of life.
Thank you once again for your support.
On Behalf of the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Foundation
Posted by Lucky Guy, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2009 at 9:48 pm Lucky Guy is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
It should not cost a dime out of city coffers. Government should be about the basics. Anything extra should be community fundraising, not city financed to a reported $8-10 Million. Not all residents benefit. That money could have been used for kids who are increasingly become drugged-out, etc., etc.
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Apr 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm
You might benefit. You may be able to attend various multi-cultural events, take art classes, attend lectures and enjoy the visual arts. A healthy leadership plays a big part in whether such a facility succeeds or fails. A serious outreach effort to provide various programs for youth and seniors is basic. Kids have natural talents that get snuffed by a community wrapped up in conformity and not knowing what goes into to guiding them through an art curriculum. Please hire competant art instructors. Free attendance days, free day workshops for interested community and providing a venue for young musicians to share their talents. If art is going to be exhibited, hopefully the work will be fully insured and there will proper security to protect people and works on display.
I have my fingers crossed for a Low Rider show of souped up cars, a joyful Kwanza celebration, a Chinese New Year's Festival, St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Cinco de Mayo presentations with Mariachi's. VIVA! Special day for Seniors and Families.
Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2009 at 9:30 am
There will be an art gallery where local artists will be able to display their work. There will be classes with opportunities for the community, all ages, to attend. There will be Visual arts which means, Dance, Music, Theatre, Art. To me the point of this center is to bring the Arts closer to it's community, where they can interact within their own town and not have to search out other facilities to share their creative talents. To create more opportunities not only to the young and old or to any specific gender or cultural background, but to everyone who wants to partake. The idea to give the community more options on where to spend their time and what to do with it in a positive way. Not just places to eat and shop. I think we need this and it is coming to fruition after lots of hard work, many hours by many people with volunteering their time and efforts, donations with money and items for the fundraisers...the list goes on. As your average community member, I thank everyone who has been involved in any way shape or form. Mahalo.