Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

For additional information including staff requirements and cleaning protocols please review our current: COVID-19 Business Operation Plan 

Thursday, April 8, 2020
We’re working to reopen The Center this Summer for movies, outdoor concerts, dining and more! Read more about how we’re doing that safely here.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Center for the Arts is excited to host entertainment at our new outdoor Backstage Bar located behind The Center at 315 Richardson Street downtown Grass Valley.

We are offering two shows per night; a 5:30pm seating and an 8:30pm seating, as well as a members only live broadcast of the 5:30 show.

Reservations Available Now!

10/10/20 Sunny War Duo – Genre: Blues – Punk – Folk  

10/24/20 Jenni & Jesse of Dead Winter Carpenters – Genre: Americana – Folk  

10/30/20  Terrier – Ben from Brothers Comatose & Erika from T Sisters – Genre: Bluegrass – Indie – Folk

11/7/20 T Sisters – Genre: Indie – Folk 

Seating is first come first served at socially distanced tables for two-four.

Smaller parties can contact the box office to request a table for two. Box Office: 530.274.8384 x0

Masks are required when moving throughout the venue, and we request that you wear a mask when seated if you are not drinking or eating.

Learn More. 


Friday, August 28, 2020

We can’t invite you in to enjoy the newly renovated bar or the beautiful state-of-the-art theater at the The Center just yet, so we’ve opened The Backstage Bar. Join in the fun from the back lot where you can watch the broadcast and enjoy drinks and food. Open every other Friday night 6pm to 9pm.

How do I get to The Backstage Bar? Go around BACK to the parking lot located at 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley.




Friday, July 24, 2020

UPDATE: All Center presented shows scheduled for September and October are being postponed. We are working with the artists to reschedule.  Ticket holders will receive email communications with more information as it becomes available.  



Wednesday, June 24, 2020
REOPENING OF Summer Camps – Beginning July 20th

  • Face coverings will be highly recommended for students participating in summer camps. Free disposable facemasks will be available in each camp and must be used if children are not able to be six feet apart. Cloth face masks will be required for all instructors and aides in the classrooms.
  • Capacity Limitations will be strictly enforced to ensure children are spaced six feet apart. 10 participants will be allowed in each session. 
  • Social Distancing must be maintained at all times during summer camp. This will be monitored by the instructors and the aides. Camp activities will encourage distancing throughout the programs.
  • Hand Washing will be required at the beginning of the class and after the break time for all students in the session. 
  • Wellness Checks will be conducted for all campers upon arrival with a no touch thermometer.
  • Snacks and water will not be provided and should be brought from home. Sharing of food or snacks will not be permitted among students.

For additional information including staff requirements and cleaning protocols please visit this document: COVID-19 Business Operation Plan 


  • Update:  The bar inside The Center for the Arts is closed until further notice. 
  • We are currently limiting gallery visitors to 10 at a time

Friday, June 12, 2020

“We’re all in this together” describes the essential role patrons play in allowing live events to reopen safely. Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, everyone – patrons as well as staff – must do their part.

Face coverings will be required for bar and gallery visitors. Free disposable face masks will be available at the front entrance and cloth face masks will be available for purchase at the bar. For children under 12 face coverings are strongly recommended but not required.

Rental Parties that are not open to the public have the option to either require or recommend masks for their guests. For seated dinner events there is a 10 person limit for each table and all persons must be part of the same household to share a table

Capacity Limitations will be strictly enforced to 25% of total capacity. 35 visitors to the Bar/Gallery and 100 maximum inside the Auditorium. These limitations do not include staff.

Social Distancing must be maintained at all times while visiting The Center. This will be monitored by staff. With this in mind, only 5 patrons will be allowed in the restroom at one time. 

NOTE: The Center has the right to dismiss patrons for any reason including disruptive behavior, flu symptoms, not adhering to public safety protocols such as social distancing, face masks, or not sitting in their assigned seat. The Center has the right to revoke any patron’s invitation to a ticketed or free event, the art gallery or the bar. Dismissed patrons will be refunded at the discretion of the Front of House Manager.


For additional information including staff requirements and cleaning protocols please visit this document: COVID-19 Business Operation Plan 


Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Center for the Arts has developed a phased approach to reopening and adapting to COVID-19 protocols.

  • Starting June 12 we will be hosting Open Gallery happy hours from 4-7 on Thursdays and Fridays with limited capacity and masks or face coverings required for all staff and visitors.
  • Beginning June 26th we are launching a new streaming series From The Center.
  • Summer Camp sessions begin in July and have been adapted for COVID-19 protocols.
  • The 2020 Gala will be held outdoors on Mill St. in Downtown Grass Valley on Friday September 18. 
  • Fall shows are on sale now with limited seating. Show dates, times and capacity subject to change.


Thursday, May 21, 2020

All shows have been postponed through August. Ticket holders may contact the box office for more information on specific shows and ticket exchanges. Plans are in place to to comply with COVID-19 restrictions as we enter the next phases of reopening California and The Center for the Arts. Learn more at our Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 4, 2020, 5:30pm on Zoom.



Tuesday,  May 6, 2020

We are working from home to prepare for a most unique 20/21 season. As we share this special member preview with you, we are eager to entertain you while remaining committed to protecting our community’s health and well-being.

The Center is developing a three phase approach to opening so that we can keep our public safe during productions:

  • We have postponed all shows through August, though we hope that we will be able to open the gallery and the bar in some capacity earlier this summer.
  • We are planning for limited capacities in the theater this fall, so you will notice a reduction in available seats when you are purchasing tickets.
  • We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience a show with The Center this year, so we are also working on a streaming series to live broadcast select performances. More information on our streaming series will be coming to you soon.

We built a beautiful theater during the wettest year on record, held an Open Studios reception by candle light (or was it battery powered lanterns?) and put on a glorious gala just hours after a PSPS event. We may not be able to get together today, but we can still get creative. We look forward to celebrating the arts with you. 



Thursday, April 23, 2020

We are designating $25,000 of the Art Center Emergency Fund to create space sharing grants to help nonprofits and artists in the community. Space sharing grants can be used to rent The Center in 2021.  Apply for a space sharing grant here.



Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The 24th Annual California WorldFest has been postponed to July 15-18, 2021. Your safety and the well-being of our entire WorldFest family is most important to us. We are sad that we will not get to celebrate under the pines with you this summer, and we look forward to gathering again when it is safe to do so.



Monday, April 6, 2020

UPDATE: The following shows have been rescheduled. If you are a current ticket holder, your ticket has been automatically transferred to the new date. Please check your inbox or the event page for more details:



Thursday, March 26, 2020

UPDATE: The Center for the Arts launches the Art Center Emergency Fund. Read the Press Release. 



Tuesday, March 17, 2020

UPDATE: All Center presented shows scheduled for March, April and May have been postponed. Read more here. 



Saturday, March 14, 2020

UPDATE: The Glenn Miller Orchestra originally scheduled to perform on Wednesday, March 18, has been postponed. 



Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Center for the Arts,

As our community responds to the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19, The Center is committed to supporting all efforts to contain the spread of this virus. To that end, we are complying with directives to cut capacity in our venue by 50%. That means offering only 250 seats in our theater and allowing 75 visitors or less in our newly remodeled Gallery.

Tonight’s Tinsley Ellis show will continue with 150 in attendance in our 500 seat theater. Also, The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform as planned on Wednesday. Seating arrangements may be modified to follow best practices in providing space between parties. Tom Papa has been rescheduled for August 8.

All other Center shows through mid-April are postponed until further notice. If you have tickets to a rescheduled event, you will receive an email with more information. Though many of these shows were under the allowed capacity, it is not economically feasible for artists to continue tours when so many shows are being rescheduled. 

The Center is committed to offering inspiration and hope through this health crisis and we will be keeping the art gallery open at this time. We will follow up with updates to our scheduled programming and events as the crisis evolves. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and the most vulnerable among us.

Over the last 18 months we have been building a stunning new theater that will forever change the cultural landscape of our community. This crisis comes at a moment when we were counting on a terrific opening with sold out shows. We are looking to you for support for in the coming months.

If you can become a member, make a tax-deductible donation, or buy a gift certificate for future performances, it all helps.

Thank you for your support,

Amber Jo Manuel, Executive Director
The Center for the Arts

Click Here for more information on ways to support The Center for the Arts.



Thursday, March 12, 2020

As of March 12th at 4:00 pm the following shows have been postponed, new dates and details are not yet available: 

Postponed Shows

  • 3/15 The Allman Betts Band with Special Guests Marc Ford & Jackson Stokes
  • 3/20 & 3/21 Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition
  • 3/22 The Second City: Laughing for All the Wrong Reasons
  • 3/29 Anders Osborne

If you have tickets to one of these events. Please hang tight.  We will contact you via email as soon as we have more information.  Thank you for your patience.


We are going ahead with other Center shows and events as scheduled.  We want our patrons to have the option to attend, and artists to have the option to perform. 

We are offering ticket exchanges and gift cards to anyone who is ill or prefers not to attend any of this month’s scheduled events. 


Most of our March shows are under 250 tickets sold, and at this time, the risk in Nevada County is still low. We will be posting daily ticket updates so that people understand the scope of the event, when making their plans. 

We are collaborating with the artists to make decisions for each show.  It’s a time for us to all come together and find the best way to support the artist community.  We will keep you posted if there are any other changes to the schedule.


The Center for the Arts continues to take precautionary measures including cleaning, disinfecting, providing hand sanitizer, and requiring staff that interact with the public to wear gloves. We encourage you to take standard precautions including hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you are ill. 


If you or someone in your household is ill, we ask that you please stay home.  You may call the box office at 530-274-8384 x 209 to exchange your ticket to another show, or request a gift card for future use at The Center.


If you are concerned about attending a public event at this time, you may call the box office at 530-274-8384 x 209 to exchange your ticket to another show, or request a gift card for future use at The Center.


We will continue to monitor the CDC, state, and local government agencies for any updates.  Please visit our website for our most current schedule of events

Thank you,
Melissa Clark, Marketing Manager