California Arts, Culture & Creativity Month 

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 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!

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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.

If you are a local business, arts organization or artist, you can help us celebrate Arts, Culture & Creativity Month by posting your events on our new community arts calendar and using this logo on your website and all your printed materials. Make this logo your own and help spread the word!

How did Arts, Culture & Creativity Month begin?

Like California’s leading advocacy agency, Californians for the Arts, Nevada County Arts Council supports the idea that California is The State of the Arts and, as such, should be known as the Leading State of Creativity. We join the call for public investment to make this a reality for all Californians!

“Let's connect, advocate and mobilize our efforts to advance the arts across both locally and across the state. Want to get involved? Check out our Ways to Engage guide. Want to attend an advocacy training? Register today for FREE Arts Advocacy Training right here in Nevada County. Got a compelling video or narrative about your public arts program? Share your “Arts impact story”? Don’t have the time to participate but want to support the efforts to make our case to legislators about the value and impact of the arts? Donate to ACCM today.” - Californians for the Arts

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How is Nevada County Arts Council celebrating Arts, Culture & Creativity Month locally?

Many events statewide will advance the arts, all leading up to Advocacy Day in Sacramento on April 23. Even before April arrives, though, we are working to engage you, our community. Here are just a few events we look forward to celebrating:


March 20 at 5-7pm
Free Arts Advocacy Training at City Hall in Nevada City

We want to 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 are teaming 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 we look forward to sharing 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 is 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 we worked with Americans for the Arts to initiate the first countywide economic impact study of the arts, surveying close to 100 entities engaged in arts programming, and over a thousand audience members across Nevada County. Join us at this important public launch, learn more about our key findings, and gain a better understanding of why Arts, Culture & Creativity Month is so relevant. Click here for more information and to register.


April 23
Arts, Culture & Creativity Advocacy Day

Join us for Arts, Culture & Creativity Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Sacramento! Let's connect, advocate and mobilize our efforts to advance the arts across the state. We will have a month full of events leading up to the Advocacy Day. Learn more here.



April 27 – all day
Sierra Poetry Festival

Did you know that California Arts, Culture & Creativity Month coincides with National Poetry Month? In addition to its mainstage event, Sierra Poetry Festival marks National Poetry Month 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.