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The Center For The Arts Presents Opening Events

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The Center for the Arts

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After an extensive multi-million dollar renovation project, Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts is preparing to reopen with a series of concerts and events designed to familiarize the community with the remodeled venue. 

Opening Events:

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Invite Only Thursday, April 2  10:30am – 12:00pm
Volunteer Reception Invite Only Friday, April 3 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Donor Wall Soiree Invite Only Saturday, April 11 5:30 – 7:30pm
Find Your Seat Party Invite Only Wednesday,April 15 5:30-7:30pm
Member Tours Members Only Saturday April 18 2:00pm – 6:00 pm
Public Tours Sunday April 26 11:00am – 2:00 pm  RSVP Here for Public Tours 



Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We are excited to kick-off our Opening Events with our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!   On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Center members, city and county dignitaries, local press, community art leaders will be gathering to celebrate the culmination of 18 months of renovation.  Starting with refreshments in the lobby, we will gather in the theater for speeches, accolades, and the main event: Cutting of the Ribbon to officially open the theater. Throughout the month of April we will feature special celebrations, as well as member and public tours.  The New Center is finally ready and we can’t wait for the entire community to join in the fun!


10:30 – 11:00 am Reception in the Kerby Lobby

11:00 – 11:45 am  Enter theater for speeches , photo-ops and Ribbon Cutting

                                Ribbon to be cut by Mayor Lisa Swarthout

11:45 am – Noon  Entertainment

Invite Only



Volunteer Reception

In appreciation for our valued volunteers. Reception for current volunteers that have worked so hard to help us present shows OnTheGo.  A chance to mingle and explore the new Center.  Snacks, refreshments and tours.

Friday, April 3 | 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Invite Only



Donor Wall Soiree
Thanking our Closest Friends

Cocktail Party Thanking Major Donors to the Capital Campaign 

  • 5:30 Cocktail Reception
  • 6:00 Guided Tour 
  • 6:30 Performance in Theater 
  • 7:00 Donor Wall Recognition & Dessert 
    • Remarks by Amber Jo & Julie Baker


About the Donor Wall Sculpture

Master craftswomen Monica Hughes and Sally Peterson have created a signature work of art for the new Center for the Arts. The music-inspired piece is featured on a wall that honors the generous donors whose financial and hands-on support made the new Center possible. The eight-foot-high sculpture resembles a cello, but is made up of discarded musical instrument parts, wind and string, donated by two local instrument repairmen.

Saturday, April 11 | 5:30 – 7:30pm

Invite Only




Find Your Seat Party

Don’t miss out on the Find Your Seat Party!  Food, Special “Haute Seat” Cocktail, Entertainment, Haute Trash Fashion Show, Prizes!!  

This will be an opportunity to sit in your purchased seat and enjoy the new Meyer Sound System, meet your fellow art lovers in your section!

It’s not too late to buy a seat – $1,000 gets you an invite to the party!!  

Wednesday, April 15 | 5:30-7:30pm

Invite Only


Member Tours

Explore the Center and enjoy performances on the main stage by Lorrain Gervais Trio, Paul Kamm & Eleanor MacDonald, and Cassidy Joy & Special Guest.

Saturday, April 18 | 2:00pm – 6:00 pm

RSVP for Member Tours



Public Tours

Explore the Kerby Lobby, Granucci Gallery, Rick’s Bar, the Auditorium, Tech Gallery, Stage and Support Areas.

Sunday, April 26 | 11:00am – 2:00 pm

RSVP for Public Tours



First Shows in the New Theater:

Tinsley Ellis | Blues | Friday, March 13, 2020 7pm
Sirius XM Presents: Tom Papa | Comedy | Saturday, March 14, 2020 7pm
The Allman Betts Band | Rock | Sunday, March 15, 2020 6:30pm
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra  | Big Band | Wednesday, March 18, 2020 6:30pm
B – The Underwater Bubble Show  | Theater | Thursday, March 19, 2020 7pm
Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition | Student Matinee Series | March 20, 11am & March 21, 2pm

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