Prior to the existence of the Arts Council, bookstore owner Jim Crockett, Don Miller, Tania Selden, Joan Seppala and Chuck Speake had established a “Cultural Fund” to be used to support events put on by local arts groups. A group could borrow from the fund, and, if their event made enough money, they were expected to repay the fund. If not, the debt was forgiven.
The fund was largely supported by the production of “Unusual Evenings”, which was a variety show consisting of various unusual acts such as cooking demonstrations, light shows, mimes, musical saws, etc.
At some point, the events were taken over by Cask and Mask, and later by the Arts Council.
June 17 – Arts Council proposed to Livermore Area Recreation and Park District.
June 24 – LARPD accepted responsibility for set up Arts Council.
August 10 – Arts Council Launch set.
“The stated aim of the group is to coordinate cultural events in the valley, to establish a common box office, and to try and schedule events so no conflicts will result.”
“The council will consider the possibility of co-sponsoring touring groups and arranging an arts festival.”
January 16 – Cultural Arts calendar published.
July 16 – “The purpose of the council is to plan and coordinate a well-rounded program of cultural arts in Livermore.”
December 2 – first mention of plans for an Arts Festival.
February – Arts Group postpones festival.
March – Festival plan set.
June 14 – First Sommerfest.
July 19 – Unusual evening planned to benefit the Cultural Fund.
– Arts Festival set for October.