The Northern California Center for the Arts (CFTA) is a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of our community. In addition to improving the local quality of life through a rich arts scene, The Center’s visibility in outlying regions makes us a viable economic engine for the county. The Center is committed to building and maintaining Nevada County as a destination for the arts. The Center for the Arts is committed to bringing a diverse array of programming to western Nevada County, including music, dance, theater, film, visual art, comedy, youth arts education and literature. We manage and maintain a multi-use 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley that includes a 300 seat Main Theater, two visual art galleries, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. We provide marketing and production services to support local artists and arts organizations and collaborate with area non-profits to provide event services and fundraising support. The CFTA has a 13-member board of directors and a 20-person staff comprised of 12 full and 9 part time staff. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015, The CFTA had total revenues of more than $2.2 million, including just under $700,000 coming from contributions and grants.
Grass Valley’s history is part of the colorful lore of the California Gold Rush. The first notations about the area are from the late 1840’s when a party of men searching for cattle came upon a “grassy valley”. Grass Valley’s claim to historic fame is embedded in the vast amounts of gold discovered and extracted from its rich underground mines. In more than 100 years of mining, the mines of Grass Valley made it the richest of all California gold mining towns. Today, the beautifully restored historic buildings in the downtown areas remind us of the days gone by. Because of the combined beauty, the community’s commitment to preserving its rich history and the attraction of a talented arts community, the Sierra Foothills is a popular destination for visitors and conventions. Grass Valley and Nevada City have been selected as one of California’s premier state-designated cultural districts. The Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District is situated within Nevada County and joins 13 other districts that will launch the innovative new program highlighting thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within California, home to the country’s leading creative economy. Between them, Grass Valley and Nevada City are home to the Nevada Theatre, the oldest theater in California, and over 100 arts-related organizations producing upwards of a thousand events a year, scores of annual festivals, street fairs, art walks and studio tours, and a generous base of artists and makers.
Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director (ED) will be an enthusiastic and inclusive leader and an arts advocate who will work with the Grass Valley and Nevada City community and all CFTA stakeholders to develop an innovative vision for the future. The ED’s responsibilities include managing an integrated development program as principal architect of the Capital Campaign fundraising strategy and implementation, analyze and reconstruct the current earned revenue structure associated with facility rentals and ticket sales, examine current programming structure and execution, build community partnerships and connections, assess the current infrastructure, policies, and procedures to meet the needs of staff and patrons, lead contributed revenue initiatives, and expand the brand recognition of The Center and its mission. This individual will maintain a high professional profile in the community, regionally, and nationally. The ED will be recognized as the face of the organization and uphold The Center’s outstanding legacy while looking to the future.
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