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The names of the many generous individuals, groups and agencies that were instrumental in making the Gallo Center for the Arts a reality are listed in this huge framed poster located in the front l...


POSTED March 24, 2012 1:37 a.m.

MODESTO – Outside one of the front doors to the Gallo Arts Center, scores of young students stand in line waiting for the sign from their teachers to enter. Once they get the green light, they walk in through the door quietly like soldiers on a mission and go straight into one of the Arts Center’s spacious and well-appointed theaters.

Outside, along the streets in this Central Modesto area, one orange school bus after another drop off more students from various schools located in and around the city.

The purpose of the students’ visit on this day, Wednesday, March 21: to see the swashbuckling fun of “Zorro!” being presented in the 1,250-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. This stage presentation was specifically geared for students in grades 3 to 8.

The day’s special showing was just one of the many artistic and educational programs and activities that the Gallo Arts Center has been offering to citizens, both young and old, since the nonprofit, state-of-the-art venue threw open its doors five years ago. This educational initiative of the non-profit organization is called Pathways to Creativity and is geared toward “building healthy minds, strong bodies, active learners and vibrant communities,” according to Jim Johnson, Ph.D., the Center’s Arts Education coordinator, in his online message to educators.

The Pathways to Creativity program for children from K-12 grades, so far has made it possible for more than 120,000 students from more than 190 schools to experience the performing arts.

“That arts experiences and academic achievement go hand in hand is indisputable. At a time when arts education is being cut back in our schools, the Center is only too happy to provide young people with the much needed opportunities” offered through Pathways to Creativity, Johnson’s message further explains.

These programs are available not only to students and schools in and around the Modesto and Stanislaus County Area but to those in San Joaquin and Merced counties and other outlying areas, said Trish Tremayne of Ripon and former business owner in Manteca who now works for the Gallo Arts Center.

But what has put the Center on the performing arts’ map nationally and internationally has been the special appearances of big-name and heavyweight attractions such as Tony Bennett, Cloris Leachman and other highly recognizable and admired artist who performed to standing-room-only packed audiences.

And many more are coming. Just this current season alone, the following big stars will shine at the Center: the legendary Motown singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson who will appear on stage on May 24 at 8 p.m.; the beloved singer, songwriter, composer and pianist Neil Sedaka who will bring his star power to the area on Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m.; and the smash hit musical and dubbed the World’s #1 show “Mamma Mia!” featuring the biggest of ABBA, just to name a hits.

Visit the Gallo Arts Center at for a complete list of all the shows on tap for the current reason.

The Gallo Center for the Arts is a public/private partnership between the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and the non-profit organization Central Valley Center for the Arts/Gallo Arts Center for the Arts, which is a tax-exempt group. All donations are tax-deductible.

How to get there from Manteca:

From Highway 99, take the “Central Modesto” exit, turn left on I Street and drive straight to 1000 I Street (at 10th Street). The Gallo Arts Center will be to your right, across from the Stanislaus County Courthouse. To get to the parking garage: follow down to 12th Street, turn right on 12th Street, turn left into 802 12th parking garage.

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