The Center for the Arts, Northern California

CNL Member since 2009

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Mission Statement:
The Center for the Arts is a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of our community.

Despite ticket sales income, our earned revenue only covers 60% of our costs. We require financial contributions to continue to offer a wide variety of programming, free and paid, for the whole community. Like any nonprofit organization, we need financial leadership from donors, businesses and foundations to create a cushion allowing us to take risks, operate, and maintain a heavily used facility. We are currently developing our long range giving programs that include planned giving and endowments to ensure the sustainability of The Center for decades to come.

How our organization has benefited the community:
In the past ten years, The Center has become a leading Northern California arts organization committed to bring a diverse array of programming including music, dance, theatre, film, visual art, comedy, youth arts education and literature to western Nevada County. We manage and maintain a multiuse 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley, which includes a 300 seat Main Theatre, two visual art galleries, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theatre. We provide marketing and production services to support local artists and arts organizations and collaborate with area nonprofits to provide event services and fundraising support.

Our primary audience:
The Center is the only cultural organization in Nevada County that offers a variety of events to such a large demographic. In more than 150 performances a year, we serve over 50,000 each year with audiences from 2 to 90 years of age. We attract patrons from Nevada County as well as over 30% from Placer County, Sacramento, Tahoe, Reno and the Bay Area. In addition to improving the region’s quality of life through a rich arts