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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.

We facilitate collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts.

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.


Creative Placemaking

In 2018 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 Fall into Art creative placemaking initiative, coming soon!


Nevada County State Cultural Districts

Part of 14 state cultural Districts

Nevada County is the only rural county in California which is home to two State-designated Cultural Districts. They are part of a small pilot group of districts throughout California!  

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.


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.