Our Towns

THORTON WILDER’S CLASSIC “OUR TOWN”chronicles life in a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. Like the fictional Grover’s Corners in Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, our region’s small towns — Loomis and Lincoln in the valley, Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City in the foothills, and Truckee in the High Sierra — […]

Truckee and Tahoe City: Arts, Culture & History

TRUCKEE-TAHOE BOASTS WORLD-CLASS scenery and a High Sierra setting that inspires arts and culture. The area’s historic past includes the transcontinental railroad, the infamous Donner Party, and the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. The Truckee Cultural District is one of 14 state Cultural Districts. Downtown Truckee also is a designated Historic District, giving it […]

Nevada City: An Artsy Sensibility

THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL’S decision to recently host a public meeting in Nevada City is a testament to the town’s cultural heritage. “I learn so much from seeing council members on their own turf and experiencing the deep connections you have with the arts,” said Council Director Anne Bown-Crawford at the historic Miners Foundry. Grass […]

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art: Exemplifies our vibrant art scene

NEVADA CITY-GRASS VALLEY AND Truckee were named among 14 California Cultural Districts thanks to “a generous base of artists and makers,” as the California Arts Council said last summer. Contemporary landscape painter LeeAnn Brook is one of the leading examples. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, at 300 Spring Street in historic Nevada City, is among the […]

California Cultural Districts

THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL’s cultural districts program aims to assist Californians in leveraging the state’s considerable assets in the areas of culture, creativity, and diversity. A CULTURAL DISTRICT IS GENERALLY UNDERSTOOD AS A WELL-DEFINED GEOGRAPHIC AREA WITH A HIGH CONCENTRATION OF CULTURAL RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES. “State-level designation of Cultural Districts, with California’s diverse geography and […]

Nevada County Arts presents the Sierra Poetry Festival on April 28

NEVADA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL presents the 2018 Sierra Poetry Festival all day on April 28 at Sierra College in Grass Valley. Activities include a keynote address by national Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of National Book Award for Poetry. Three other California poet laureates, and […]

All the World’s a Stage: The Center for the Arts, Nevada Theatre and Stages at Northstar

IN THE EARLY ELIZABETHAN ERA, English acting troupes performed in inns, college halls and private homes. Then along came London’s Globe Theater in 1599, showcasing Shakespeare’s best-known plays. Theater became a popular pastime. Good performing arts have always been good for the economy. In September, we visited Ashland, Oregon, jokingly called the “town that Shakespeare […]

The Center for the Arts’ plan for a dynamic, $3.8 million makeover

FRESH FROM HELPING NEVADA COUNTY become a prestigious state Cultural District, The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley is launching its first-ever capital campaign to transform its downtown facility into a dynamic, state-of-the-art performance center that maintains an intimate ambiance, our magazine has learned. The improvements, estimated to cost $3.8 million, will help cement […]

Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee selected for state Cultural Districts, as expected

Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee on Monday were two of 14 districts selected statewide for a five-year California Cultural Districts program, a major boost for our region’s cultural tourism. Their likely selection was first reported in Sierra FoodWineArt magazine last week. The board of the California Arts Council accepted the staff’s recommendation at a board meeting […]

Grass Valley and Nevada City: A Cultural District that rivals a big city

THOUGH IT’S A RURAL REGION, western Nevada County, anchored by historic Grass Valley and Nevada City, is a cultural district that rivals a much bigger city. Nevada City has more than 100 arts and cultural organizations; arts venues that attract the likes of jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, violinist Joshua Bell and singer-songwriter Willie Nelson; famous […]

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