Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
The motto for the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is the ‘Spirit of Philanthropy Lives on Today,’ and it’s a mission statement that they take very seriously. Located in Santa Rosa, California, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is well worth a visit if you consider yourself a patron of the arts.
It was during the 1970s that twelve local business and community leaders created a home for the arts in Sonoma County, California. What they wanted was somewhere that the Santa Rosa Symphony could call home and where the local people could always experience local theatre without having to travel all the way to San Francisco. At the time, the Santa Rosa Symphony was playing out of a local high school gymnasium.
Initially, a church building that went into bankruptcy, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts founding families secured the building for $4.5 million at auction. They formed the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, which was named in honor of the famous horticulturist and then swung open the doors to the public in 1981.
The debut performance at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts featured the Santa Rosa Symphony and also Steve Allen and Anne Murray.
Now, thirty-five years later, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts has become the leading education, arts, and events center in the North Bay. The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts holds over 230 performances, 850 community events, and serving over half a million visitors every year.
If you enjoy the arts and are planning on visiting Santa Rosa, California, then you can’t miss out on experiencing everything that the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts has to offer visitors. There are a variety of different performances, plays, shows, and concerts that are held here every year.