Accomplishments and On-Going Initiatives

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    • We continue to act as the go-to resource for promoting all the arts across Nevada County – with our online arts calendar, monthly newsletters and advocacy
    • We are now in year two of California Arts Council’s Veterans Initiative in the Arts, creating Image Nation in partnership with Welcome Home Vets. We work alongside Nevada County veterans under the artistic direction and tutelage of veteran award-winning photographer Michael Llewellyn
    • Through our Micro Gallery Program at the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, we presented boutique exhibitions, opening receptions, and celebrations of youth art
    • Our annual Art Marketing Bootcamps are now offered in both Eastern and Western Nevada County and during the year to come will be offered as a 2-day Arts Marketing & Business Conference
    • The work of our Literary Arts Committee and our Salon Series continues to offer participatory talks and workshops by professional artists, or professionals working in the interface between business, finance, law and art
    • We were successful in our application for a California Arts Council grant to present the 1st Annual Sierra Poetry Festival, and this will take place on April 1, 2017 in partnership with Sierra College and a rich base of Nevada County and California poets and performers. Our festival will be attended by Dana Gioia, California’s new Poet Laureate, and included in our festival will be the inauguration of a Poet Laureate Program for Nevada County
    • Having successfully completed year two of our Truckee Open Art Studio Tour, we are now re-visioning our service to the visual arts community in Eastern Nevada County in collaboration with artists, the Town of Truckee, Truckee Public Art Commission, Truckee Arts Alliance, and the business community
    • In April we celebrated 16-year old Nevada County resident, Noah Gregoire, through his first place win in the US House of Representative’s National Congressional Art Competition for California’s 1st Congressional District. As judges for the Competition – for both the 1st and 4th Congressional districts – our role is to encourage student participation. In April – for District 1 – we pulled through with more student submissions than from Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Glenn or Placer together. Go Nevada County!
    • During the last year, through the work of our Arts Education Leadership Group and our Board of Directors’ Education Committee, we launched ongoing initiatives and led arts agendas locally, such as:
      • California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) – last year NCArts worked with CSSSA to secure maximum high school participation resulting in 11 Nevada County high school students successfully entering this rigorously competitive program.That’s more than any other surrounding county
      • 1st Annual Nevada County STEAM Expo – Nevada County’s first STEAM Expo spotlighted developments in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. We led the arts planning for this in tandem with our Superintendent of Schools
      • Student Voices Campaign – working through the Superintendent of Schools Office and directly with local schools, we spearhead local participation in The Student Voices Campaign
      • Young at Art – this is Nevada County’s largest annual youth art event and forms part of a national program recognizing Youth Art Month
      • Artists in Schools – working with local schools, we continue to work with Nevada County visual artists on conceiving thirty really creative weekly lessons, all combining the Visual Arts Content Standards with Common Core curriculum
      • Poetry Out Loud – we are currently in transition to lead on this national poetry recitation contest, and are already working in schools across Nevada County to coach and mentor students in collaboration with California Teachers in the Schools (CPITS)