FOREST⇌FIRE and its companion public and educational engagement platforms, Fire Circle and Forest Home, is a new project engaging the Truckee-Donner community living within the Tahoe National Forest. A culminating art installation will invite science-based solutions to catastrophic fire and offer an economically sustainable, hopeful future. FOREST⇌FIRE is a partnership between Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District, UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station and Nevada County Arts Council. Click here to learn more.


In partnership with Welcome Home Vets and through photography workshops with master photographer and United States veteran Michael Llewellyn, Image Nation now resides in the form of an online e-commerce gallery, where veteran alumni can display and sell their work, with all profits benefiting them. We thank Larry and Brenda Hoyle for their generosity in funding this important phase of Image Nation, ensuring its legacy in perpetuity.. Click here to learn more.

Visual Artist & Gallery Guide

We invite you to enjoy our 2019 Nevada County Visual Artist and Gallery Guide.  Each year we distribute 7,500 hard copies to locations across Nevada County and beyond, including San Francisco, Sacramento, Chico, and Reno, with a live-linked web version and an unlimited online distribution. Click here to learn more.



A collaboration between Nevada County Arts Council and Nevada County Board of Supervisors, our Poet Laureate Program reflects the depth and breadth of poets and poetry appreciation in Nevada County, and respects the role poetry can play in the lives of people of all ages. Click here to learn more.


As State-Local Partner with California Arts Council, Nevada County Arts Council commits to a policy of Access, Equity and Community Engagement through promotion of arts education projects. As a partner with California Alliance for Arts Education we aim to improve teacher preparation, advocate for public funding for the arts, and ensure equity and access to arts education by closing opportunity gaps and eliminating inequities in access to arts education. As a partner with Create CA we form part of a coalition of dedicated and innovative leaders who understand that together we have the power to create lasting change for every California student, helping them to reach their full potential by advancing an education model that promotes creativity and the arts for the workforce of tomorrow. Our Education Committee is active in all these ways and more. Click here to learn more.


Yuba Lit’s mission is to foster literary community in the Sierra foothills by drawing on the wealth of serious writers who live here and bringing in new perspectives and influences from Sacramento and the Bay Area. ‘Literary community’ to us means both people who write and people who don’t write but appreciate writing as a form of art. Click to learn more here.


Truckee Arts Alliance

Truckee Arts Alliance is an inclusive collaborative of artists across all disciplines inviting community stakeholders who believe in the role of the arts as a lever for change.

Truckee Arts Alliance inspires, catalyzes and advocates for art and culture in Truckee and Eastern Nevada. It engages the Truckee arts community as one sound “voice” for the arts and supports the work of Truckee Cultural District under the California Cultural District Program. Click here to learn more.


Belonging is the result of a California Arts Council grant called Artists in Communities, formerly called “Artists Activating Communities”. And that’s just what we’ve be doing since 2017. Belonging is about our vulnerable mountain home and the people who tend it, love it and depend on it. Artist Ruth Chase mobilizes perspectives on our most sensitive issues, whether climate change or cannabis farming, land ethics or displacement - and what it means to be indigenous, and connecting us through creativity. Click here to learn more.


We want Nevada County to become known as the ultimate cultural destination. For this to happen, our artists and arts organizations need to feel supported – and our community and our visitors need to know where to find them. We are the go-to resource for promoting the arts across Nevada County, with our online arts calendar, artist directory, call to artists page, newsletters and advocacy.

Acting Up | pilot program

During 2017-18 Nevada County Arts Council rolled out a pilot series of workshops called Acting Up at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, our County Jail. Over the course of three months, we commissioned experienced actor, director and playwright, John Deaderick, to teach theatre and acting to close to twenty inmates, varying in age from early twenties to early seventies, and serving time for a variety of offenses. The series was the result of an unusual partnership with California Lawyers for the Arts. We hope to be able to offer this service to both men and women, working with veteran actor, Lois Ewing, in addition to John Deaderick in the years to come. Click here to learn more.


Following the success upon success, and now approaching its fourth year, Sierra Poetry Festival is a key focus in our calendar year, and prioritizes youth voices and community participation. The 2019 Sierra Poetry Festival was held on April 27, 2019. Click here to learn more.

Professional Development for Artists

In the year to come we will be presenting our inaugural arts marketing and business conference called The Art of Business – by and for professional and emerging artists. We’d like to hear from you with ideas for subject areas, participatory workshops, talks and panelists.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival | Visual Art Exhibition & Contest

We partner annually with Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival through its juried Art Exhibition and Contest spanning multiple locations in Nevada City and Grass Valley.