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Nevada County, city officials, arts leaders to meet on performing arts

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What: Joint City-County Town Hall Meeting on “How are the Performing Arts Performing in Nevada County.”

Where: Center for Performance Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley, California

When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (informal meeting of government officials), 12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Main Theatre opens to the public), 1:05 p.m. (introduction), 1:10 p.m. (Presentation by the Nevada County Arts Council: The State of the Arts in our region and beyond. A panel discussion will follow the presentation), 3:30 p.m. Adjourn

Info: Registration is free, but seating is limited to 300. For more information, visit:

Officials from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, the Grass Valley and Nevada City city councils and the Town Council of Truckee will convene in a joint public meeting Thursday to discuss the future of performance arts in Nevada County.

Grass Valley Vice Mayor Howard Levine said the topic spawned from a regular get-together that the city and county officials hold to discuss issues of interest.

“One of the cities from eastern Nevada County (Truckee) asked cities in western Nevada County about how they pursue performing arts,” said Levine.

The event, which is titled “How are the Performing Arts Performing in Nevada County,” will take place at The Center for Arts in Grass Valley from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officials will assemble for an informal gathering from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m, Levine said. From that point on the event is open to the public.

Starting at 1:10 p.m., the attendants will hear a presentation from the Nevada County Arts Council about “the state of the arts in the region and beyond” in the main theater. The Arts Council is the facilitator of the town hall meeting.

A five-member panel of representatives from the local arts community will also be on hand to answer questions from the public and government officials.

Those on the panel are: Julie Baker, executive director of the Grass Valley Center for the Arts; Paul Emery, news director of KVMR-FM; Ken Hardin, artistic director at InConcert Sierra; Mieko Hatano, interim executive director for Music in the Mountains; and Gretchen Bond, executive director of Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Levine said the conference on Thursday would focus on musical presentations, such as classical music, popular music and musical festivals. The talk would not deal with plays or any kinds of visual arts performance.

“Art is one of the things we see as a growing success (in the community),” said Grass Valley Mayor Jason Fouyer. “We see the growing success of local organizations such as Center for Performance Arts and Miners Foundry Cultural Center in attracting talents, expanding their programs, and helping to get tourists to visit our towns.”

Nevada City Mayor Jennifer Ray said both Nevada City and Grass Valley have been strong supporters of arts.

“My understanding is that this meeting continues to support the arts in Nevada County, Nevada City and Grass Valley,” said Ray. “I am looking forward to going and hearing what they have to say.”

Baker said the event is also an opportunity for the artistic partners in the county to share their thoughts.

“We are a very small community, but we are doing a lot in the arts,” said Baker. “The biggest complaint we hear is there is too much being offered … we have to make sure that we are not oversaturating the community. It’s important for us to support and collaborate and make the arts available to people here and outside of the community.”

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, email or call 530-477-4236.

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