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YMCA Youth Art Fair on Aug 12

The  Showcase was from 6:30-8:30 PM at St Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Gymnasium on Stoneridge.

 2016 YMCA Art Fair Flyer
This project was supported by Pleasanton’s Civic Arts Commission through a City Grant, the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC), the Pleasanton Art League (PAL), and the Livermore Art Association (LAA). The youth in the YMCA programs worked on a series of projects over the 9 weeks of the summer– with support and volunteers from PCAC, PAL, and LAA who did an amazing job.  The showcase included the display of projects the kids created using a variety of mediums. They include Mixed Media, Caran d’Ache, and Bas Relief.  Beth Okurowski, Rekha Joshi, and Beverly Turner trained YMCA staff– and professional artists from PCAC, PAL, and LAA, as tutors, covered almost all of the art classes.

ymca-showcaseFor more information on this event, please reach out to the Tri-Valley YMCA at 925.263.4444 or at Snacks and refreshments were provided and the event attracted a number of families and members of the public. 

PCAC Contributes $14,000 to School District for Arts Programming

The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council Contributed $14,000 in Support for Musical and Visual Arts in the Pleasanton Schools 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, 2016 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 9 Pleasanton primary schools.