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Welcome to Nevada County Arts CounciL

We are the hub for information on the arts in Nevada County, and the go-to place for ways to get involved.

Nevada County Arts Council, by resolution of Nevada County Board of supervisors, is State-Local Partner with California Arts Council. A 501c3 not-for-profit organization, we facilitate collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community.

Nevada County is a preeminent West Coast cultural destination. It is rich in arts and it is unspoiled. Did you know that three Nevada County townships are among a small pilot cohort representing just fourteen State-designated California Cultural Districts?


mapping our culture

A FULLY INTERACTIVE map of Nevada County’s cultural assets is now available for your phone, tablet, or desktop. With HUNDREDS of locations, you can now discover our galleries, our performance venues, our festivals, our artisan eateries and tasting rooms, our places of historical interest, our spectacular hiking, riding and biking trails, our boutique hotels, our colorful watering holes and much, much more. Follow this link to view our map.


october 15 Issue:

Rocky Horror Picture Show, Neighborhood Center for the Arts, Madama Butterfly, Family Fun Day, Sunset Stroll at Animal Place, Trick or Treat, Nisenan 10th Anniversary.


Nevada County State Cultural Districts

Nevada County is the only rural county in California which is home to two State-designated Cultural Districts.

Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and Truckee Cultural District have been selected as two of California’s premier state-designated cultural districts under California Arts Council’s Cultural District Program. They join twelve other districts that are launching the innovative new program highlighting thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within California, home to the country’s leading creative economy.

A cultural district, as outlined by the program, is a well-defined geographic area with a high concentration of cultural resources and activities. The fourteen districts that comprise the program’s first group were selected with variety in mind, intended to help tailor the program to meet the complex needs of a state kaleidoscopic in nature.

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Creative Placemaking

During the second year of our California Cultural District designation, Nevada County Arts Council presented a free, all-day workshop led by Beth Macmillan, Executive Director of Artown Reno, as part of phase one of creating a community arts plan. Together with our arts community, and stakeholders from government, local business and tourism sectors, we explored our cultural identity and workshopped key areas for focus for our state designated California Cultural Districts. Enjoy our video - and watch this space for our Spring into Art creative placemaking initiative, coming soon!




[Via ArtsEd411.org] Eliza Tudor and Brian Buckley, of Nevada County Arts Council, knew that a sure-fire way to start a conversation was by introducing data from a high-quality assessment. That’s why they set about collecting baseline data about arts programming in Nevada County schools, highlighting their unique and creative “flagship” programs, and identifying gaps in addressing standards or issues of access. They gathered a team of retired educators, including two leading lights of the Council’s Education Committee, Liz McAteer and Stan Miller, and used those connections to interview principals in the TK-12 schools. They presented their findings at their Arts Now Breakfast Launch event held by all the local partners. They then completed a successful application for Strategic Arts Planning Support via California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) in partnership with the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, which they will implement with the help of the California Alliance's Arts Now Planning Initiative. Check out the results of their State of the Arts survey here.



Join our Nevada County Arts Council family

We want Nevada County to become known as the ultimate cultural destination, where our artists feel supported and their audiences are well-served. In becoming a member of Nevada County Arts Council you sanction our reason for being.