Nevada County Relief Fund Helps Keep Local Arts Afloat – The Union of Grass Valley

Interior of Art Works Gallery, one of the recipients of the first round of giving from the Nevada County Relief Fund.
Submitted photo by David Wong

All business are hurting right now, but the arts, which have long been a staple in Nevada County, have been among the industries hardest hit.  With shows cancelled, galleries closed, and no way to collect unemployment, artists have been trying to find creative ways to hold on through this unexpected cessation of what for some is their sole income source.  Knowing this, the Nevada County Relief Fund focused a portion of their first-round grant funding to boost local arts organizations.

“In my opinion, the arts define Nevada County. It is what sets us apart from other rural communities,” said Julie Baker, executive director of California Arts Advocates and statewide nonprofit Californians for the Arts, who also serves on the Nevada County Relief Fund Community Advisory Council.   “Just look at the variety of quality arts and culture based programs we offer here and you know this is a special place. This is something we must preserve for generations to come.”

Julie Baker, a member of Nevada County Relief Fund Community Advisory Council, is the executive director of California Arts Advocates and for the statewide nonprofit Californians for the Arts, working to protect arts funding across the state. Submitted Photo.

It is not only the artists themselves who are suffering from the lack of artistic events and shops, but the economy as a whole.  According to a study conducted last year, the arts bring in $46.9 million in revenue to Nevada County each year.  That is a lot of income for our small towns to lose. “By mid-April – almost a year to the day since the publication of our Arts

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