Our View: Modesto's Gallo Center program worthy of a standing ovation

February 6, 2014 

The buses were scattered throughout downtown Monday; big, yellow school buses. They disgorged roughly 2,400 students who wanted to learn about science and be entertained (we’re not sure of the order) at two shows at the Gallo Center.

They came from Livingston, Escalon, Manteca, Merced, Stockton and, naturally, Modesto to hear Arc Attack, two brothers who make music using Tesla coils.

We’re told the place was rocking. But if you didn’t have a child at the theater, would you have known this was happening?

Educational programs such as Pathways to Creativity have been taking place at the center since its opening in 2008. They have reached an estimated 180,000 young people from throughout the region, and none has paid full price (tickets are $5 or less).

Many have gotten a lift to town on buses provided by Prime Shine Car Wash. There’s more value in this than can be shown on bottom lines. The Gallo Center – with help from Save Mart, Kaiser Permanente, the Costa Family Fund, Bank of America and others – is striving not just to entertain, but to inspire. This is the true value in having a regional entertainment venue. We applaud those who make it happen.

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