New Year’s wish list for local art organizations |

New Year’s wish list for local art organizations

It’s that time of the year where individuals reflect on the New Year.

That’s just as true for Nevada County art organizations as evidenced by a few quick calls made New Year’s Eve.

“Resolutions are one thing,” said Ellen Persa, Neighborhood Center of the Arts executive director, “what we’re hoping for in the New Year is we’re desperate for personal computers, good sturdy chairs for our clients, art materials, we could use another van with a wheelchair lift and volunteers.”

The Grass Valley center is a day care program providing art and living skills for developmentally disabled adults.

John McDade, theater manager of Nevada Theatre Commission, cited building improvements on the top of his list.

“For the entire next year, we’ll be finishing our current list of prioritized projects, which includes the completion of the handicapped restroom and pulling off this Taj Mahal concert by February! Remaining work we’re looking at is the continued fire and safety improvements to the theater,” McDade said.

Ellen Davis, executive director of Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, didn’t need a second to think about her answer.

“Our New Year’s resolution is to get the bathrooms done this year,” Davis said resoundingly. “There will be five toilets for women, four for men. Currently there’s a total of three toilets in the building; this brings the number to 12. This is what we’re concentrating on next year.”

The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley is quite specific in its wish list.

“Our resolution is 200 new members, a new facade for the building,” said Peter Wilson, a board member and business manager for the center, “sell out 10 shows, book an Alasdair Fraser and Martin Hayes concert, have 1,000 people attend our open house/ribbon cutting Feb. 15 and have 20 productions at the new Off Center Stage black box theater.

Steve Baker, the KVMR program director, applied a bit of wit (as is typical for him) in his community radio resolution.

“At KVMR, we’ll expose all weapons of mass distraction in our society, as we celebrate our silver anniversary with a renewed commitment to creative, diverse music shows and provocative public affairs programming,” Baker replied. “Oh, you don’t think our listeners will be upset by the move to an all-elevator music format, though, do you?”

Although the wishes held by the organizations are diverse, the resolutions all share one aspect – that the local arts organizations will be quite busy this year, bringing great events and activities to Nevada County residents.

– Carol Feineman

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