Science and Performing Arts Regional Center
The arts & sciences are a large part of the history of Livermore. Performing arts spaces have been a part of Livermore for over 100 years. Livermore’s two world famous national laboratories have made Livermore a hub for the sciences for over 50 years. To build on this history, the City Council approved two cultural facilities as a part of Stockmen’s Park. These two cultural facilities will be called the Science Performing Arts Regional Center or SPARC for short.
The Black Box Theater (aka The SPARC Theater)
After the council approved a privately funded black box theater for the downtown project, they awarded Livermore Shakespeare Festival (or Livermore Shakes for short) the opportunity to build and operate the black box theater. If Livermore Shakes is unable to raise the funds to build the black box theater, the area is to remain a grass area as a part of Stockmen’s Park.
The concept behind a black box theater is that it would be a small, flexible, modular space that supports interactive experiences between audience and performer. In a black box theater seating is flexible, movable, and the number of seats varies.
The SPARC theater already has small local groups booking space for 2023 that can no longer afford the larger more costly Bankhead Theater.
To learn more please visit livermoreshakes.org
QUEST Science Center
In 2017, a group of Lawrence Livermore Lab retirees and community leaders decided to share their love of science and technology and ‘pay it forward’ by leading an effort to create a science center in downtown Livermore. They envisioned a place where everyone – at any age – would have engaging experiences and understand the impact science can have on our society. They called the organization the Livermore Science and Society Center (LSSC). The City of Livermore agreed to include land for this new science center in Stockmen’s Park, the centerpiece of its downtown redevelopment plan.
By 2019 LSSC had built an advisory board of committed technical experts, educators, and community leaders to bring this vision to life. They developed mobile wind and water exhibits to take out into the community and held focus groups that confirmed people wanted a science center downtown. In November 2019, LSSC chose the name Quest for this new science center. The name speaks to being on a journey where we Question, Understand and Explore – Science & Technology.
To learn more, please visit Quest-Science.org