May is the perfect time to support The Center. Celebrating 17 years of presenting and advocating for excellence in the arts, The Center for the Arts is sharing the love with their May Membership Drive running from through the month of May. As a non profit organization, membership support is critical for The Center to continue to bring diverse, consistent and quality programming to Nevada County. In addition to supporting a non profit institution in our community, a membership provides great benefits. If you become a member, renew, upgrade to the next level or refer a friend during the drive you are automatically entered to win on of two fantastic drawings. For the First Drawing, you could win 2 tickets to every show presented by The Center for the Arts for one year. For the Second Drawing, you could win an entertainment basket with tickets to California WorldFest, Dancing withRead More

VOTE! The Center for the Arts – “Best of Nevada County”

  Voting is open for “Best of Nevada County.” To vote click HERE, register your email address, scroll down to the respective category you want to vote in. Vote for The Center under “Fun and Games” and you can vote for The Center as the Best Venue and California WorldFest as Best Event.

Center for the Arts Announces New Executive Director Amber Jo Manuel

The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley (“The Center”) is pleased to announce that Amber Jo Manuel has been named Executive Director starting January 10th, 2018. A native of Nevada City, Amber Jo worked the last 17 years in marketing and development for not-for-profits arts organizations in New York City and the Bay Area, until she returned to Nevada County in the Fall of 2016 to join The Center for the Arts as its Director of Development. Since September 16th, Amber Jo has been the Acting Executive Director in addition to leading a major capital renovation project that will begin construction in 2018. The Executive Director position is critical to the success of The Center, so the Board pursued a thorough process to attract & review qualified candidates. We solicited applications nationally and received over 35 applicants from which we selected the 7 most qualified for detailed interviews. WhileRead More

Julie Baker Innovation Fund brings South African Dance to The Center for The Arts

In 2015 Julie Baker gathered a select group of visionaries to create The Innovation Fund. The purpose of this fund was to expand The Center’s ability to take artistic risks and produce newer works. Through the Innovation Fund, The Center has provided a stage for new programming opportunities and a laboratory for collaborations that explore diversity, innovation and community. It is place where multicultural work is introduced in order to educate our audiences, where new artistic experiences are brought to the community, and it provides an incubator for new ideas and artistry. Some of the work made possible by the Innovation Fund include Shanghai Acrobats, A Literature to Life Presentation of Richard Wright’s Black Boy, The National Russian Ballet, Black Violin which incorporated a collaboration with Music in the Mountain’s Youth Orchestra and Rhiannon Giddens, a Grammy-winning country, blues and old-time music singer and musician. On Thursday, November 9th TheRead More

Fall Membership Drive 2017

October 5 through November 10, 2017 We are grateful to our members whose support make The Center the greatest! Become A Member   The recent Open House on October 5th included Open Studios Art Preview and the kickoff for our Fall Membership Drive with special incentives to join during the month of October. Because ticket sales cover only 60% of their annual expenses, The Center relies on membership support from our patrons. Income from membership allows The Center to provide free community events and programs that benefit local youth and provide opportunities for the visual arts in our community! A benefit for Center members is early access to tickets. As part of the Fall Membership Drive The Center will announce concerts that will be on sale exclusively to members only during October. We encourage fans to join in October to be sure they have tickets. During the Fall Membership DriveRead More

5th Annual Dancing with Our Stars

We’ve watched it for years on television and now it’s time to see it Nevada County Style! Nevada County celebrities will kick up their heels to raise money for The Center for the Arts in the Fifth annual Dancing with our Stars competition on August 26th.  Whatever their favorite dance style may be – ten regional celebrity dancers have accepted the challenge to train with a professional dancer and compete in front of a live audience and a distinguished panel of judges for the Dancing with our Stars champion title. The Center is pleased to present this years’ ten celebrity dancers and their partners.  Dancing with our Stars is the largest annual fundraiser for The Center and each star contestant has committed not only to dance their heart out but to also raise money for The Center.  The money raised will help fund initiatives such as The Center’s Youth Arts education programsRead More

2017 Summer Camp @ The Center

Limited scholarships are available. Contact Marni Marshall for more information. Circus Camp, The Art of Silliness (mornings) & Aerial Circus (afternoons) Monday-Friday  9:00AM to 3:00PM $250 member, $275 non-member Age 8 to 14  Class Limit 15 Session 1: June 19-23 Mornings with Izzi Tooinsky, afternoons with Air Aligned Session 2: June 26-30 Mornings with Izzi Tooinsky, afternoons with Air Aligned Session 3: July 31-Aug 4 Mornings with EZ PZ Jugglers, afternoons with Air Aligned (Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.) Buy Tickets Online The Art of Silliness  – Izzy Tooinsky June 19-23 Mornings with Izzi Tooinsky, afternoons with Air Aligned June 26-30 Mornings with Izzi Tooinsky, afternoons with Air Aligned Discover the Circus and your inner clown with Izzi Tooinsky.  Students explore creative expression through comedy, clowning, juggling, hooping, and stilt walking Izzi Tookinsky is an award winning juggler, storyteller, comedianRead More

Arts Leaders in Nevada County: Ignite Your Career! Workshop

Center for Cultural Innovation & Nevada County Arts present Ignite Your Career! Friday, June 9, 12:00pm Free Event Join CCI Program Director, Bay Area Amy Kweskin for a two-hour interactive seminar crafted for artists and arts managers who want to envision their career pathways and discover the Center for Cultural Innovation’s granting opportunities to support their journey. We will utilize design-thinking tools to explore career development intentions and identify strategies to overcome obstacles. Participants share arts management trends and resources while developing a regional network to spark innovation. Additionally, Amy will provide insights into these CCI grants available in your community: Register Online Investing in Tomorrow Organizational Grants As part of CCI’s efforts to support new arts leadership with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Investing in Tomorrow Organizational Grants is a new, one-time grant program that will invest $105,000 in bold ideas by individuals at California nonprofitRead More

P.A.G.’s Musical Workshops – Summer Workshop

PAG Presents: Cinderella Workshop dates June 13th – July 30th: at the Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley. Rehearsals: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for 6 weeks rehearsal. Rehearsal Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm Performances: July 20th – July 30th Tuition: $300.00 Deposit: $50 to hold a space (deposits are non-refundable but may be applied to future programs) Register Online P.A.G.’s Musical Workshops – Summer Workshop A Musical for the Entire Family! Complete training for your child in all the disciplines of Performance Musical Theatre. For young people ages 8 to 18. Lots of wonderful parts for both boys and girls. This is a wonderful way to introduce your children to the classics! An exciting opportunity for your child to participate in this delightful, witty and touching Musical!