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We are please to announce the second annual Big Draw on May 10, 2014. 

Arts Encounter!

We invite you to join us in making arts in the schools thrive.

The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council is proud to announce the return of The Big Draw, a downtown Pleasanton chalk and arts festival. The Big Draw will bring explosions of color to Pleasanton through the work of gifted sidewalk chalk artists, and a variety of arts activities. In addition, there will be live performances throughout the day, painted pianos and Take A Seat Poetry Chairs on Main Sreett, Artful Bouquets at The Harrington Art Gallery, and much more. Your sponsorship will help PCAC promote the event, bring in amazing artists, and support the Arts in the Schools Grant Program. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council

For more than 35 years, the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC), has supported the visual, literary, and performing arts and arts facilities. By collaborating with other arts organizations, civic partners, and those passionate about the arts, PCAC has reached thousands of school age children with outstanding arts education programs, provided one-time scholarships to emerging young artists, brought concert bands to the elementary and high schools, and helped provide arts facilities to the community.

Our Mission

Quote by John UpdikePCAC is committed to the belief that the arts nurture the spirit of those in our communities. Our mission is to advocate for all the arts, provide leadership, educate, and provide grants and quality programming to Pleasanton to ensure that present and future generations have access to the arts.

Our History


PCAC was incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting an interest in and appreciation for all forms of art. At first facilities-oriented, PCAC rallied community support for the construction of the Cultural Arts Building on Black Avenue to house arts activities. This building is now owned and operated by the City of Pleasanton.

During the 1980s, PCAC worked with the City of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Unified School District to help raise over $800,000 in order to renovate the then-closed Amador Theater.

The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council played an integral role in bringing the new Firehouse Arts Center to Pleasanton. Fundraising was spearheaded by the sister organization, the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Foundation (PCAF). It was because of PCAF's fundraising efforts, grassroots networking and vision that eventually a partnership was formed with the City of Pleasanton to save the old Firehouse in historic downtown Pleasanton and turn it into the new Firehouse Arts Center.



PCAC invites you to become a member. Your membershop will help keep the Arts alive in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley area. When you become a Platinum Member, you will receive a limited edition print of Monet's Garden (below), a watercolor by award-winning artist Charlotte Severin. Charlotte is also a founding member of the Pleasanton Art League and the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council. CLICK HERE to become a member of PCAC.

Monet's Garden by Charlotte Severin.