Our cultural districts are semi-finalists in statewide California Arts Council program

“This week Nevada County Arts Council learned that its three naturally occurring or ‘organic’ cultural districts – that’s Truckee and Grass Valley-Nevada City – have been selected as semi-finalists in California Arts Council’s State Cultural District Program,” the Arts Council wrote on its Facebook page. “These beautiful towns will compete next to 22 other semi-finalists between now and June. Kudos to the City of Nevada City & the City of Grass Valley, Grass Valley Chamber & Visitors Center, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Truckee, Truckee Public Art Truckee Public Arts Commission, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and Truckee Arts Alliance… and SIGNIFICANTLY – our extraordinary arts community either side of our Donner Pass! All fingers and toes crossed…”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

One thought on “Our cultural districts are semi-finalists in statewide California Arts Council program”

  1. I have been somewhat surprised that no one has commented on this opportunity for our arts community.
    The NEA is being cut up so this competition offers a lifeline to those of us who make expression our life’s work.
    Nevada County will likey have stiff competition from the North Coast.
    As I remember living and working in our former home county, it was an exceptionally art forward community, a veritable petri dish of high quality art, owing to the excellence and energy of HSU’s stellar Art Department.
    (Plus, is was the 80’s.)
    But, in recent years the University seems to be more focused on the Natural Sciences, which makes sense, but the arts do continue to thrive up there behind the “Redwood Curtain”.
    The natural sciences disciplines often merge with the arts in that region, giving a deeper meaning to the work and environmental messaging important for these times.

    Nevada County, in contrast, is on the artistic upswing as more creative types are being drawn to our rural, small town lifestyle where they can slow down, gain a measure of clarity and get to work.
    Winning this competition would help our arts community better define itself, to come together and create a strong and vibrant force in the art world.
    This award would put us on the cultural map and bring those art collectors, curators and and art sponsors to our towns, where our hospitality community would make them most welcome.
    All the potential is here, waiting to ignite.
    Fingers and toes crossed, indeed!

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