Here on the Western Slope of the Sierra we take pride that our three cities are under state designation as California Cultural Districts, and in every bit of creativity that connects them in every corner of our mountain home.
Many of our local businesses, arts organization and artists helped us celebrate Arts, Culture & Creativity Month by posting their events on our new community arts calendar and using this logo on their websites and printed materials.
During Arts, Culture & Creativity Month, in partnership with Californians for the Arts, we hosted two Arts Advocacy trainings – one in Nevada City and one in Truckee. This resulted in a delegation led by us representing rural North California at the State Capitol on April 23, Arts Advocacy Day, and meetings with three state legislators. We were accompanied by our Poet Laureate, Molly Fisk, and students from Nevada Union High School’s Drama Department - who shared personal stories of the impact of art on their outlook on life and their academic trajectory.
How did Arts, Culture & Creativity Month begin?
As a State-Local Partner with California Arts Council, Nevada County Arts Council has an important role to play in advocating for the arts within our community and with local legislators – and we believe you do too.
Being active members of Americans for the Arts and Californians for the Arts also helps us connect to the “big picture” – both statewide and nationally. Being part of important conversations – from what cultural equity means for our community, to creative placemaking, to cultural policy, and everything in between – introduces us to communities of similar sizes and compositions who deal with many of the issues we face here in Nevada County.
Staying connected ensures we can quickly recognize opportunities when they arise. For example, we were among the first to track the passing of Assembly Bill 189, which led to our consulting of two successful applications for state designation under the new California Cultural District Program.
Now, with Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and Truckee Cultural District, we are the only rural county in California to have all its incorporated townships recognized for the depth and diversity of their creative communities. Let the work continue!
How did Nevada County Arts Council celebrate Arts, Culture & Creativity Month locally?
Many events statewide advanced the arts, all leading up to Advocacy Day in Sacramento on April 23. Even before April arrived, though, we were working to engage you, our community. Here are just a few events that took place:
March 20 at 5-7pm
Free Arts Advocacy Training at City Hall in Nevada City
To help empower and educate you as an Arts Advocate not only in our local community, but on April 23 in Sacramento at the Capitol as part of our district's delegation, we teamed up with our California Cultural District partners and with Californians for the Arts to offer a FREE Arts Advocacy Training – please come! Click here for more information. And here to register.
March 22 – all day
Nevada County Community Leadership Institute
Each year Nevada County Arts Council co- chairs an Arts & Culture induction for new and emerging leaders across all sectors. This year shared California’s Arts, Culture & Creativity Month with our new and emerging leaders across all sectors, while offering an overview of regional arts infrastructures, their programmatic diversity and our unique place in California alongside up to thirty of our regional arts leaders.
April 4 at 5-8pm
Sierra Harvest Soup Night & Agrarian Art Show
Nevada County Arts Council was proud to team up with Sierra Harvest in offering its Soup Night & Agrarian Art Show during California's Inaugural Arts, Culture & Creativity Month. Click here for more information.
April 18 at 5-7pm
Public Launch of the Nevada County Arts Economic Impact Study with special guest Randy Cohen, Director of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts
During 2018 and early 2019 we worked with Americans for the Arts to initiate the first countywide economic impact study of the arts, surveying over 100 entities engaged in arts programming, and over a thousand audience members across Nevada County. We held an important public launch during April at which we shared our key findings, along with why Arts, Culture & Creativity Month is so relevant. Click here for more information.
Arts, Culture & Creativity Advocacy Day
We celebrated Arts Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Sacramento, mobilizing our efforts to advance both locally the arts across the state in partnership with Californians for the Arts.
April 27 – all day
Sierra Poetry Festival
California Arts, Culture & Creativity Month coincides with National Poetry Month - and for us our month long Sierra Poetry Festival. In addition to its mainstage event, Sierra Poetry Festival marks April from the rolling foothills of California’s Gold Country to the rugged High Sierra, bringing our rich literary community together to celebrate the spoken word and reach out to brand new audiences in fresh ways. Readings, workshops, music, an activity fair for all ages and youth performances will be preceded by a month of pre-festival pop-up poetry events. Find our more here.