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

Our Seats Are Front and Center

It is hard to imagine that something as mundane as seating can play a major role in theater stagecraft. But seating is an essential element of all theater. In early Athens (6th century BCE), patrons sat on hillsides in seats made of stone to view the latest Greek drama play out on a circular stage below. Thankfully, theater seating has evolved over the centuries to accommodate modern audiences and varying types of performances, with more comfortable seats and flexible seating arrangements. Remarkably, the New Center for the Arts has come up with an ingenious plan that enables the seating to be specifically configured for each type of performance. The new seating plan has the capacity to transform into a small intimate club, a banquet room, or a full-scale concert or dance hall. Designed to optimize the space, the expanded Center seating is retractable and can be easily rearranged for diverseRead More

Celebrate the power of community!

Public art brings people together, sparks discussion and interaction, and generates involvement in the community. In short, art celebrates community. The Center for the Arts is part of a broader community that makes Nevada County a special place to live, work, and visit. Supporting The Center is a great way to get involved and actively participate in this extraordinary community. It’s been exciting to watch the landscape of our community change over the past year. In downtown Grass Valley, new businesses have opened: Cake Bakery & Cafe, Watershed at the Owl, MeZé Eatery, Element + Loft, The Pour House, to name a few; and well-established businesses, such as Lola and Jack (formerly Junk in the Trunk), Serendipity, and Brew Bakers have moved around the corner or across the street. These changes enrich and enliven our community. In fall 2019, the highly anticipated opening of the newly renovated Center for theRead More

Star light, star bright…

The Center for the Arts is a bright star in the Sierras, drawing top artists to our community to inspire, educate, and delight. Artists love performing at The Center because our audiences are so responsive and appreciative. Visual and performing artists alike enjoy The Center’s welcoming atmosphere and the charm of our unique community. By supporting The Center and the improvements underway for both visual and performing artists, together we will make the artist’s overall experience so enjoyable they will want to return for an encore. Expanded stage with 90 square feet of additional space to accommodate dance troupes and larger acts; five full-stage draw curtains to allow multiple, concurrent scenes; adjustable side masking to scale the space to performance size; and state-of-the-art lighting with a follow spot. Premium LEOPARD sound system by Meyer that will enable sound engineers to design sound specific to each performance. Two comfortable green roomsRead More

Be a part of the magic!

  More than just a venue, The Center for the Arts has become “the heartbeat of the community” and a beacon for the arts, attracting world-class artists and thousands of visitors to the area every year. Today, an exciting transformation of The Center is in progress, and you can be a part of the improvements taking place by supporting The Center Capital Campaign, naming a seat or by joining the Next Stage Crew. As a Crew member, your annual three-year contribution of $250 or more will help prepare the stage and summon the magic for a spectacular Grand Opening in fall 2019. Next Stage Crew members will get an exclusive preview of The Center’s improvements for the audience, including: A demonstration of the new state-of-the-art LEOPARD sound system by Meyer Sound. The extraordinarily accurate and nuanced sound produced by the new system will enhance every performance and make it trulyRead More

Introducing the Next Stage Crew

Every production needs a great crew. From the sound engineer to the lighting technician and the stage manager, it takes a group of hardworking professionals and volunteers to make every show at The Center a smashing success. Your commitment to be a Next Stage Crew member will support us during construction and allow us to usher in an innovative era of art and performance at The New Center. Last year we broke ground on a $4.3million project to address necessary maintenance repairs and upgrades to The Center’s facility. The renovated venue will become the first 500-seat theater in the region, cementing its place as Nevada County’s premier performing arts hub. We need our members to support us throughout our transformation. We need 314 members to pledge support by September 1. By joining the Next Stage Crew, you will bring us home to 314 Main Street and ensure a prosperous launch forRead More

End of Year Gift!

IMPORTANT: Make sure to mail your year-end gift to our new location at 125 E. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945 Ways To Give: There are four easy ways to give to The Center for the Arts. Online: Click HERE to make an online donation now. By Phone: Call 530.274.8384 to make a gift over the phone. In the Mail: Download the membership form and send checks or credit card information to: The Center for the Arts 125 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 At the Box Office: Simply ask a box office representative how you can become a member the next time you visit The Center. Make monthly gifts to The Center For as little as $10 per month, you can receive Fan Level benefits. To set up a payment plan for your generous pledge, call 530.274.8384. Make a Tribute Gift Honor the memory of a friend or family member or markRead More

RFP – California WorldFest Producer

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FESTIVAL PRODUCER CALIFORNIA WORLDFEST POSITION SUMMARY Deadline has been extended to November 16, 2018. Click HERE to download RFP. The Northern California Center for the Arts (CFTA) in Grass Valley, California, seeks an experienced Festival Producer to join the team and play a key role in the execution of 2019 California WorldFest. The candidate will work closely with the Executive Director, Board, and WorldFest Visioning Committee. Taking a lead on the effective operations of the Festival and direct and manage the overall Festival experience. The Producer will play a vital role in the success of WorldFest, working closely with programming and production to ensure all 7 stages of the festival run smoothly and effectively. The Producer will need to be a skilled communicator and negotiator, ensuring a deep level of partner and participant engagement. Experience working closely with Festivals, outdoor spaces and event management is preferred. The positionRead More

Fall Membership Drive 2018

October 8, 2018 through November 9, 2018 We are grateful to our members whose support make The Center the greatest! Become A Member Our Fall Membership Drive kicks off October 8th. Ticket sales cover only 60% of our annual expenses so The Center relies heavily 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. Because our home in downtown Grass Valley is closed we need memberships more than ever to help sustain our organization through our renovation project. Center members receive early access to tickets and a host of exciting benefits. 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 haveRead 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