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Livermore Cultural Arts Council undergoing structural transformation

The Livermore Cultural Arts Council was first created in 1966. Today, 55 years on, it is undergoing a structural metamorphosis.
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The Livermore Cultural Arts Council was first created in 1966. Today, 55 years on, it is undergoing a structural metamorphosis. In the beginning stages, there are many things it wishes to accomplish.

Livermore Cultural Arts Council (LCAC) started with, “The beginning of a flourishing arts scene which sought greater support and participation,” according to LCAC President Elizabeth Trutner. The organization first met on Oct. 10, 1966, as an arts council group under Lois Ellsaesser. It now includes government entities, schools and colleges and organizations interested in preserving its history and heritage. Members have a passion for creativity in many forms and are active all year-round, holding events, performances and exhibitions.

Beginning in 2021, Livermore started updating its vision of the arts with a goal of creating more investments and opportunities for public art, reflecting on a rich history and heritage of the arts in the city. Livermore is working in conjunction with public arts consultant, Art Builds Community, in finding out where public art can thrive. Community-based surveys and participation can be done from home with a virtual map, where residents can pin point ideas to locations on the map.

Arts based pop-ups are facilitated by Art Builds Community and Livermore's Poet Laureate, Cynthia Patton. Patton will hold community poetry writing activities, including transforming lines of poetry into wearable paper beads, which reflect residents' hopes and dreams for arts and culture in Livermore.

LCAC has in the past sponsored such events as Sommerfest, Festival of the Arts and Tuesday Tunes, as well as Art Walk performances and Livermore Public Library displays. It has advocated for building cultural arts and arts related venues. Founding members of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC) are also long-time representatives of LCAC. A survey conducted on the impact of the arts on the Livermore community found an annual monetary benefit of $9 million dollars.

According to Trutner, “We are not so much rebranding at this point, as we are restructuring,“ Trutner said, adding, “A committee has been formed to develop a restructuring proposal to bring to the LCAC membership for a vote.”

In 55 years, the population of Livermore in the Tri-Valley has grown significantly. With that, comes great diversity and interest in the arts, and LCAC wants to ensure a continuation of a thriving arts community, Trutner explained.

Thus far, the consensus is favoring a paid membership structure of various levels. In the future, organizers hope that LCAC will have paid staff, as opposed to the current all-volunteer organization that it has been.

One change that may take place in the future is the status of nonprofit only membership. In the future, others may be allowed to vote on organizational issues and a goal is to open membership to all. The committee wishes to facilitate connections between groups, businesses and individuals. This will have an impact on the outreach of LCAC.

According to Trutner, the redesigning of LCAC plans to be an all-inclusive group for those who share a passion for creative expression, celebrating the arts and enhancing the lives of Tri-Valley residents and visitors alike.

More information about LCAC and its work can be found here