Center for the Arts seeks non-profit partners for 2014 |

Center for the Arts seeks non-profit partners for 2014

The Center for the Arts is located in downtown Grass Valley.
Submitted by Tommy Gleason |

The Center for the Arts has announced the beginning of voting for its 2014 Community Non-Profit Partner Program. The program debuted in 2012 to assist nonprofits in fundraising and outreach, featuring a different nonprofit each month.

The top 12 nonprofits nominated by community members are featured on the Center’s website, emails, at concerts and in a display in the lobby/gallery.

“The Center for the Arts is committed to supporting our community through collaboration with other area not-for-profit organizations,” said Center executive director Julie Baker. “We believe that collaboration is the key to greater strength and economic stability for all who serve our region through nonprofit service.”

The Center is asking the community to nominate their favorite Nevada County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to be included in the 2014 program. Vote for your favorite on the Center’s website at, now through 5 p.m. Dec. 9.

The Center for the Arts has become a hub, not just for the arts, but for the community, Baker said. In addition to a full calendar of concerts, plays, exhibitions and classes, the Center is a gathering place and has been used for meetings, fundraising and events by more than 40 local nonprofit organizations.

Many of these exchanges have evolved into full-scale collaborations. In 2013, the Center helped raise funds and increase visibility for area nonprofits such as Bear Yuba Land Trust, InConcert Sierra, Hospitality House, Nevada County Arts, and the Nevada City Farmers Market. Area schools regularly make use of the Center’s Off Center Stage for school drama productions.

“Nevada County has more nonprofits per capita than almost anywhere else in the country,” Baker said. “By working together we all benefit. The arts can serve as a platform to build awareness of all the community’s needs and opportunities. We want to support groups that give back to the community by helping other organizations get their message out. With over a thousand people coming through the doors weekly, we can benefit the whole community and truly be ‘The Center.’”

The Center’s partners for 2012 were SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition, Gold Country Computer Learning Center, Partners in English Language Learning, Animal Place, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Empire Mine Park Association, Friends of Hospice, InConcert Sierra, Community Recovery Resources and Scooter’s Pals.

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