The Sierra Poetry Festival highlights our booming arts and culture scene

Locals and visitors from “all walks of life, of different ages and varied interests” gathered at the Nevada County campus of Sierra College in Grass Valley on Saturday for the 2nd annual Sierra Poetry Festival, hosted by the Nevada County Arts Council. Poets flew in from “all parts of California, America, and even the world” […]

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 […]

Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District presentation draws a standing-room only crowd

An inquisitive and engaged crowd of artists, residents, and local civic and political leaders filled the Rood Center in Nevada City on Thursday night to show their support for Grass Valley-Nevada City becoming one of 14 state designated Cultural Districts, a high honor. Truckee also is one of the state Cultural Districts, a coup for […]

U.S. Cultural Districts map

Cultural districts are defined as well-recognized, labeled areas of a city in which a high concentration of cultural facilities and programs serve as the main anchor of attraction, according to Americans for the Arts. They help strengthen local economies, create an enhanced sense of place, and deepen local cultural capacity. State cultural districts encourage arts-based […]

Cultural Districts help foster economic growth, tourism and a creative workforce

MORE CITIES ARE TURNING to art and Cultural Districts to foster economic growth, increase tourism and attract the creative workforce needed for the new economy. Across America, 13 states have established statewide Cultural District programs. The number of districts per states varies from 78 in Louisiana to under 10 in a number of states. Rhode […]

Exclusive: Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee recommended for designation as Cultural Districts

Grass Valley-Nevada City in the Gold Country, and Truckee in the High Sierra are among the 14 finalists recommended for designation as State Cultural Districts, a major coup for the region, Sierra FoodWineArt has learned. The recommendation was included in an agenda packet for the California Arts Council’s upcoming board meeting, which was quietly posted […]