From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:
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 on Monday in Sacramento. The staff’s recommendation was included in the meeting packet last week.
“It was a very competitive pool of applicants,” as Caitlin Fitzwater, director of public affairs and interim program coordinator of the California Cultural Districts program, told the Shasta County Arts Council.
The 14 districts recommended for state designation represent a broad diversity of California – geographically, culturally, and artistically – as set forth by the program goals and values. It was a six-month long process that included 43 original applicants with 22 semi-finalists and 14 actual designated districts.
Each applicant receives $5,000 annually to participate in the pilot two-year program though the designation lasts for five years. The Cultural Districts also will have a presence on VisitCalifornia.com, the state’s tourism website.
The designation for Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee is a coup for the Nevada County Arts Council under Executive Director Eliza Tudor. (An interview with Tudor in our magazine is here).
The Arts Council and its multi-partner team plans its own press release this week after meeting together. We will publish that release.
We are proud that our magazine’s ongoing reporting of the region’s arts and culture scene was cited in the proposals. An example was this report.
(Photo: Kial James)