Many will be familiar with 19th century artist Georges Seurat and his quintessential impressionistic painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, but some may not know there is an award-winning, highly celebrated musical by Stephen Sondheim called SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE that features the painting as the centerpiece of the story.
San Jose Playhouse is presenting the musical SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and wants to do for local artists what the musical does for Seurat: celebrate and showcase local painters, sculptors, and other artists by showcasing the art of a different local artist at each of the 18 performances AND accepting donations for the artists or the art-centric beneficiary of their choice.
People from all over the Bay Area will be coming to see SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at San Jose Playhouse to get to know George Seurat, the artist at the center of the musical’s storyline. But why not also give the audience a chance to get to know local artists, see their work, and support their efforts by using the musical as an opportunity to host an Artist Showcase and Fundraiser for the artist or the artist’s art-centric beneficiary of their choosing.
There are 18 performances of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE giving us 18 chances to feature a local artist:
In addition to the Artist Showcase, San Jose Playhouse will give the artist the opportunity to raise funds to support their own work or that of an art-centric beneficiary (like a school or museum) on their behalf. To benefit from this option, what we ask of the artist is that they promote the show date along with a tracking code to their friends, family, and network encouraging them to attend SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. If at least 20 tickets are purchased with the artist’s tracking code, San Jose Playhouse will turn the hat following the performance to collect on-the-spot donations for the artist.