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Destination Nevada County

Premium visitors magazine for Nevada County produced by the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce


Perform MUSIC CONNECTS US ALL Lots of Heart at The Center for the Arts By Jennifer Nobles Downtown Grass Valley’s vibrant scene became even livelier when The Center for the Arts opened in 2003. Featuring over 150 concerts per year, offering art programs to young and mature citizens and showcasing local artists, the venue has proven a strong cultural driver within the community. A non-profit organization, they also regularly host various free events that are accessible to all members of the community. The Center has a colorful history and has welcomed to Nevada County renowned acts such as Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Indigo Girls and many more. With its ability to draw both established acts and rising stars, it’s not surprising that ticket holders travel from all throughout Northern California—and beyond—to attend The Center’s many performances. Situated on West Main Street in Downtown Grass Valley, The Center is surrounded by shopping, dining, and wine tasting opportunities full of Gold Country charm. With a diverse calendar of events and exhibitions, it offers visitors an exhilarating take on the latest in performing and visual arts. Among the free community events offered are the Family Fun Days, designed to bring families together in a joyful and safe atmosphere. Activities, entertainment, crafts and education are all on the schedule for these cost-free events which are offered quarterly every year. The Open Studios Art Tours is a popular celebration of local color that happens each autumn. The tours give art lovers the experience of entering an artist’s studio to view how the work comes to life. It’s a delightful way to spend an afternoon enjoying the vibrant fall colors for which the Gold Country is so well known. During the summer months, The Center offers a wide- 20 DESTINATION Nevada County

Photo at left: 2nd Annual Dancing With Our Stars, pictured Marni Marshall and Barry Friedman who won 2014 Judges Choice Award. Photo at bottom: Achilles Wheel and special guests Keith Greeninger and Joe Craven. ranging camp program for young students, with scholarships available for those who qualify. These programs are made possible by generous supporters who share The Center’s belief that arts education is of the utmost importance. Past curricula have found students participating in Circus Camp, Improvisation, and Painting Like The Masters; all classes are fun and jubilant, and serve as a vital component of a child’s development, imagination and creativity. Several community dance and performing arts organizations consider The Center their home venue, with frequent performances from a number of local dance troupes as well as the Nevada County Performing Arts Guild. PAG is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public, especially children, in the performing arts. Continuing its commitment to the arts and the local economy, The Center in recent years acquired California WorldFest, a weekend-long festival of music, dance, camping, workshops, and food. Providing a familyfriendly and Earth-conscious celebration, WorldFest is highly regarded within the festival industry, receiving the Music Innovation award at Fest Forums in 2016. The Fest also pays homage to local Nisenan tribes and takes pride in honoring Native and indigenous people. The list of compelling artists who have performed at WorldFest is vast and includes Lucinda Williams, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Ziggy Marley. Photos credit: © LiveShots, Photography by John Taber Summer 2018 will usher in a new era of The Center for the Arts as they plan to break ground on a remodel and expansion. The project will bring a number of upgrades that will make the patron experience even more comfortable and enjoyable. The lobby will be renovated to offer more gallery space as well as a new 23-foot long bar and concessions area. The main stage will become flexible which will make customizing each performance possible; different configurations will be incorporated for seated, cabaret, and dance floor performances. The current seats will be replaced to provide more comfort to concert goers, and ADA Accessibility will be upgraded. The future is looking bright for The Center for the Arts. Its tradition of an exemplary concert program paired with its dedication to serving all corners of the art world makes them a beloved local institution. Guests are invited to pay a visit; you never know what you’ll see! DESTINATION Nevada County 21