Owned by the State of California and located on the grounds of the Veterans Home of California (Yountville), the Lincoln Theater was built in 1957 to provide a central performance venue and meeting facility for the residents of the Home and the community. In 2000, a group of caring citizens created Friends of the Lincoln Theater, to overhaul the theater. Due to their hard work and generosity, the Theater recently underwent a five-year, $22 million renovation into the modern, 1214-seat, state-of-the art multi-purpose venue that it is today.
At 2013’s Grand Re-Opening, three new initiatives were unveiled: Symphony Napa Valley, a contemporized new symphonic orchestra that will debut September 21st, Art Education Project Napa Valley, a multi-faceted education initiative designed for all performing arts disciplines and all levels of artist development beginning in July, and Orchestra Institute Napa Valley, an innovative year-round fellowship performance and professional-growth program that will start in the fall.
In making the announcements, Michael Madden, Executive Director, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, said that “tonight marks the start of what promises to be an exciting and important journey to the fulfillment of our commitment to build a sustainable performing arts center where education and community collaboration are as essential as entertainment.
Other key components of Arts Education Napa Valley are this summer’s exciting workshops, including Orchestra Institute Napa Valley’s annual orchestra performance and professional development festival in partnership with Napa Valley Festival del Sole, Napa Valley Writing Project’s writing and illustration classes, and workshops in theater, dance and film. (707) 944-9900 100 California Dr., Yountville. •lincolntheater.com