Nevada County Arts
Special to Prospector

A year of community building for Nevada County Arts

Nevada County Arts was formed in 2009 by our community and for our community. It’s been a short three years, but in that time, we have accomplished a lot. And we’ve done it all thanks to the vast artistic talents and the people in our county who believe in their value. It is because of our community’s loyalty to the arts and the support from our members that we are able to sustain our goals to provide advocacy for the arts, shared resources, collaborative marketing and communications and educational workshops.

More than a thousand individuals, families and visitors benefited from or participated in our activities over the past year. We are excited to share some of our 2012 achievements, including: Funding sponsorships, cross marketing and helping to coordinate art exhibits with The Center for the Arts and Open Studios, Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center’s Storytelling Festival, Sierra Vintner’s Wine Trail, the Nevada City Film Festival and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival; hosting three educational workshops on the business of art and our all day Arts Convergence with 15 workshops and two keynote speakers; creating collaborative advertising and sharing resources with ads and radio spots promoting our county’s arts events; participating as the arts representative on the Nevada County-funded ERC Tourism Marketing Committee; coordinating with 30-plus arts and cultural online calendars; writing a monthly article about the arts in The Union’s Prospector; building our social media presence with more than 1,100 Facebook fans; and activating our four sub-committees: performing, visual and literary arts and education.

We were also delighted to partner with The Sierra Fund to create ART OnSite/Tribute Trail, an environmental art installation project with 10 artworks that will celebrate the unique history and natural beauty of our area. In July, we received a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program grant award for “creative placemaking,” and we are featured as one of six of the 80 funded projects on its website!

A recent California Arts Council grant helped us fulfill another 2012 goal to hire our first executive director, Larry Ortiz, and to establish a small office at the Artist Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) in Grass Valley. Until now, NCArts has been entirely volunteer driven, led by a board of directors with 13 active members who reflect the community’s businesses, government, arts organizations and visual, performing and literary artists.

Please join us in congratulating everyone who helps make Nevada County one of the most arts-rich communities in California!

The mission of NCArts is to facilitate collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community. NCArts board members are: Julie Baker, Jon Blinder, Gretchen Bond, Elliott Brilliant, Brian Buckley, Roseanne Burke, Julie Hardin, Jean Hauser, Cristine Kelly, JoAnn Marie, Nancy Nelson, Amanda Paoletti and Dave Schmall. Larry Ortiz is executive director.

To become a member or for information, please visit nevadacountyarts.org.


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The Union Updated Feb 8, 2013 03:39PM Published Dec 13, 2012 08:21AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.