Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee chosen as state Cultural Districts

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, 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.

Our current issue is dedicated to Cultural Districts, with features on Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee.

(Photo: Kial James)

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 Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

5 thoughts on “Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee chosen as state Cultural Districts”

  1. Thank you for reporting on this important cultural distinction for our community.
    You have enthusiastically followed this process from start to triumphant finish.
    As an artist I appreciate the support your blog demonstrates for our community of art makers.
    Special thanks to Eliza Tudor and the NC Arts Council who worked so hard to get us here.
    I go to my studio this morning with a happy heart.

    1. This is a turning point for our community in many ways. And thanks for your letter of support that went with the application packet. We are going to be a state Cultural District, not a State of Jefferson!

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