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Bridge to a Million fundraiser set for KVMR, Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

KVMR Community Radio and the Nevada Theatre announce the launch of “Bridge to a Million,” a new fundraising campaign for the Bridge Street Project — the collaborative venture that created a new home for the radio station and a backstage for the historic theater.

The new phase of the KVMR-Nevada Theatre’s fundraising efforts signals a year-long campaign to raise $1 million. It kicks off Nov. 20 with an art display starting at 7 p.m. in KVMR’s Community Room featuring paintings and drawings by KVMR broadcasters, which will be for sale. A variety show, featuring the broadcasters, will begin in the theater at 7:30 p.m.

“Our talented group of volunteer broadcasters are eager to show off their artistic talents,” said Julie Chiarelli, KVMR’s executive director. “We hope everyone in the community has a chance to see their favorite broadcasters in their other creative roles.”



The Bridge Street Project started as a mission by the radio station and the theater to transform three dilapidated sheds behind the theater into a new 8,000-square-foot building that mirrors the barns on the outside but inside contains state-of-the-art studios, a community room and offices for the station, and an expansive backstage for the theater.

The building, located at 120 Bridge St. in downtown Nevada City, bridges the two organizations back-to-back at the rear wall so that the top floor of the new structure opens onto the stage. A group of community leaders, the Bridge Street Trust, has been formed to guide the overarching issues of the building’s use and to assist in fundraising.




Completed in the spring of 2015, hundreds of people have toured the new building. Already, dozens of local groups have held meetings in the Community Room, and the station has presented numerous house concerts and news specials, which are broadcast and streamed around the world.

The expanded backstage allows the theater to build sets on-site and store lighting and other equipment. Recently, Sierra Stages’ presentation of “The Producers” located the orchestra in the opened backstage area, creating a whole new viewing and listening experience for the sold-out audiences.

The total cost of the project was $3.9 million, of which actual construction totaled $2.9 million with the remainder incurred for architectural and engineering services, critical repairs to the 150-year-old theater, permitting and parking mitigation fees, and equipment and furnishings.

Thanks to the support of the community, more than half the project costs have been raised. A short-term bridge loan was taken out to finish the construction and the project plans to refinance it with longer term financing. However, in order to keep the monthly payments affordable, $1 million needs to be raised over the next year.

“We know this was a bold and ambitious project,” said Diane McIntire, president of KVMR‘s Board of Directors. “We also know it was important to the vitality of downtown Nevada City, its historic theater and to KVMR listeners worldwide, that these two artistic treasures be preserved.”

The art show is free to the public. Tickets to the Nov. 20 variety show are $18 for KVMR members and $20 to the general public. They are available at the station’s front desk, online at kvmr.org and at the door the night of the show while available.

For more information or to support the campaign, visit bridgestreetproject.org.


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