Solar panels placed atop the Bankhead Theater save both energy and money. (Photo - S. Kenison)

If there were a theme for the Bankhead Theater’s Nov. 12 reception marking its new array of solar panels, it might have been “Curtain Up! Light the Lights! We’ve Got Nothing to Hit But the Heights!”

The 156 new solar panels are the latest evolution in an effort to make the Bankhead Theater more energy efficient. The “Green the Bankhead” campaign kicked off in 2017. Last year, LED lights replaced the original stage lights to save energy and costs. In addition, attendees to the theater have been treading on new environmentally friendly carpet recently installed.

Other green energy projects are planned, such as low-flow plumbing fixtures and an office redesign to take better advantage of natural light. Chris Carter, Director of Development and Communications, said, “As an independent nonprofit arts organization, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC) depends on the generous support of our donors.”

A $140,000 challenge campaign was announced at the reception. Three donors, new to the role, will match any new gift or pledge made to LVPAC between Nov. 11 and Dec. 31.

All proceeds from the challenge campaign will support events at the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center, as well as educational outreach, student ticket subsidies, and free community events.

Since the Bankhead Theater opened in 2007, the organization has increased its community involvement each year with greater individual and corporate giving, as well as new ticket buyers and attendees. Membership this year reached an all-time high of 959. Currently, there are nearly 130 donors who consistently contribute more than $1,000 to LVPAC each year.

“To support LVPAC as it grows, our base of support will have to grow as well,” said Jean King, Chair of LVPAC’s Board of Directors.

The Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center together support eight resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.

Donations can be made online at Gifts of securities also qualify for the one-to-one match.