Fundraiser links the outdoors to the arts |

Fundraiser links the outdoors to the arts

An event celebrating the beauty of the outdoors will help raise money for a year-long art and nature study program for students of Nevada County schools.

“Forests, mountains, and rivers are part of our lifestyle here in Nevada County,” said Krista Thomas, executive director for The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, which is co-sponsoring the event.

“It is a natural combination to celebrate our forests through the arts and how nature inspires the artist in us all,”

“Inspirations from the Forest” kicks off a second year on April 10 with a month-long juried art show of professional and aspiring young artists. The work will be viewed from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 10 through May 7.

An art reception featuring visual arts by local artists and students will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 19. It will be followed by the annual Literature Alive! performing arts event, “Listening to the Wild,” with music, dance, poetry and prose at 7 p.m. on April 20. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children under 17.

The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Literature Alive! and the Tahoe National Forest also are sponsoring the event.

Money raised will boost a year-long Center for the Arts program that will bring together middle school students, rangers and artists in a forest setting. The children will then take their inspiration back to the classroom to create artwork.

Literature Alive! also sponsors the Inkwell Program, which brings in professional poets to work with young writers. Tahoe National Forest and Sequoya Challenge offer springtime field trips to school-age children.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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