Announcing The Center Space Sharing Initiative

Now Accepting Applications:  Apply Here


Grass Valley, CA – The Center for the Arts launched a space sharing initiative to provide relief for local nonprofits and artists. John and Audry Agle generously provided the seed money which will allow The Center to designate $25,000 of the Art Center Emergency Fund to create space sharing grants to help nonprofits and artists in the community.  The grants can be applied towards venue rental fees at The Center for the Arts in 2021. 

“COVID-19 has hit the arts and culture segment especially hard and we know that it will be more important than ever for us to work together to create events and experiences for the community to come together when we are able.” Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel. The Art Center Emergency Fund was established to get The Center through three months of show cancellations due to COVID-19, and to preserve this community’s investment in the arts. The Center’s Space Sharing Initiative fortifies the organization’s ability to serve other non-profits and artists.

Manuel emphasized that The Center for the Arts is committed to supporting a vast array of artistic endeavors in their newly renovated venue. “We value our local organizations and artists as vital contributors to the recovery and renewal of our community. It is crucial that we help them to survive these times.”

Artists and organizations interested in bringing people together in 2021 to celebrate, raise funds, raise awareness, and/or share an artistic experience at the newly renovated Center can apply here for a space sharing grant.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming offering more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center recently completed a major renovation of its multiuse 21,000-square-foot facility in downtown Grass Valley making it a premier performing arts destination. The venue includes the main stage which accommodates up to 700 patrons for dance shows and up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats, a large visual art gallery, and a 90-seat black box theater.