Nevada City, CA
Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District Among First in State
Posted on Saturday July 29, 2017
Newly launched program celebrates the state's diverse and abundant cultural treasures

Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District has been selected as one of California’s premier state-designated cultural districts, the California Arts Council announced today. Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District is situated within Nevada County and joins 13 other districts that will launch the innovative new program highlighting thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within California, home to the country’s leading creative economy.

"It is a great honor to be selected as one of the fourteen Cultural Districts State-wide,” says Gretchen Bond, Executive Director at Miners Foundry Cultural Center, “It shows how our two towns, each with our own distinct arts and culture scenes and flavors, can come together to support and showcase the art that is already being created in our community, and plant the seeds for new works, endeavors and opportunities. This distinction marks a new chapter in Nevada City-Grass Valley's history."  Bond continues: "Hopefully this great distinction will prove to local and county government what a significant role the arts play in the health and vitality of our communities."

“State-level designation of Cultural Districts, with California’s diverse geography and regional variety, allowed for an entirely new and comprehensive look at our deeply valued cultural assets,” said Donn K. Harris, California Arts Council Chair. “Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District’s personal and generational commitment to these assets speaks of a state deeply invested in the places and people that celebrate local traditions and creativity. Our goal with the pilot launch of this new program was to support a group of districts that met high but broad standards of coherence, vision, and purpose – ones that could set an example for districts that will follow as the program develops and grows.”

Learn more about the California Cultural Districts program at

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