Miners Foundry Cultural Center Awarded California Arts Council Grant

Scene3-pic-DawsonWallace-featThe Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to announce they have been awarded a $9,240 grant by the California Arts Council (CAC), which will be used to support the production of the first-ever festival of professional dance in Western Nevada County. With the CAC Local Impact grant funds, and the support of the community, the Miners Foundry will bring two professional dance companies; the exciting contemporary San Francisco ballet company, Dawson Dance SF, and the internationally renowned Afro-Cuban dancer, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, for a week-long residency in Nevada City, November 14 – 19, 2015.

“The mission of the Miners Foundry is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities in our community,” stated Gretchen Bond, Miners Foundry Executive Director. “With the support of the community, we have been working for a number of years to enhance the Osborn/Woods Hall to better support a diverse selection of performing arts programs,” she continued. “With the completion of the installation of the professional dance floor in the winter of 2013, we are now able to welcome professional dance companies to perform, and to develop ongoing professional dance residency programs to our community. We are very grateful for the award of the CAC grant funds which will enable us launch this new long-term program.”

urban1The California Arts Council Local impact grants are awarded to smaller arts organizations for the purpose of providing project support and fostering equity, access and opportunity to arts programs in smaller communities. “Although our area hosts a range of professional- level arts experiences, never in the history of Western Nevada County has there been a dance festival” stated Karen Attix, Miners Foundry dance consultant and choreographer. “This is not for lack of interest,” she continued. “We have a large community of dancers, dance educators, choreographers and dance students here, including six dance studios, two high school dance programs, all pursuing a wide range of dance forms”.

Dawson Dance SF has steadily delivered risk-taking, muscularly elegant performances since its establishment. It breaks down the barriers placed on classical ballet, and brings to light the strength and beauty that artists possess within themselves, allowing them to explore their voices through choreography and vision. Kimberly Miguel Mullen is an acclaimed choreographer and dance ethnologist. The Los Angles Times has described her movement as “spectacularly supple,” a well-crafted mixture of Silvestre contemporary dance and traditional techniques from the African diaspora. She has performed in the USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Hong Kong.

OWHallKatAlvesAll dance activities will take place at the Miners Foundry and at the dance studio at Nevada Union High School.   The Foundry will also be partnering with local dance studios; Holt Ballet Conservatory, KSK Dance Collective and the Nevada Union Theatrical Dance Department, in the promotion of the festival, and support of the week-long events including the Opening Night Gala Reception.

Event Activities include the following:

  • A Gala Reception at the Miners Foundry on November 17th
  • Two dance master-classes (November 14 & November 18)
  • Three technical and dress rehearsals (November 15, 16 & 19)
  • Two professional dance performances by the visiting companies (November 17 & 19)

For further information about this event, please visit our website: www.theminersfoundry.org

 

 

Fortune ~ Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Fortune Poster.jpgSierra Stages and Miners Foundry will present Fortune on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.  Fortune, written by Deborah Zoe Laufer and directed by Bob Thomas, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Maude, a lonely, surly, storefront psychic has accepted that love is not in the cards for her.  She can see the future and knows this is to be true.

But when Jeremy, a despondent love-hungry accountant threatens to kill himself is she sees no love for him, she must wrestle with fate, and in changing his destiny, change her own.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are a $10 suggested donation, and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

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sierra stagesSierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

 

The Stone Hall

The Stone Hall

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Pat Travers Band ~ Friday, May 29, 2015


Pat Travers Band ~ “Red House”

 

The Miners Foundry isPat Travers poster pleased to present Pat Travers and the Pat Travers Band on Friday, May 29, 2015.

The Pat Travers Band is one seriously tight rocking unit, always delivering tangible energy and infectious enjoyment.

Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 Dancing Room Only, $25 Seated, and $55 VIP Meet & Greet.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or at Briar Patch Co-Op.

 

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Pat TraversSince the critically acclaimed 1976 debut album featuring his own brand of high quality seventies guitar rock and roll, Pat Travers has gone on to deliver melodic eighties rock, a blues period throughout most of the nineties, noted performances with various power trios during the Millennium and a full blooded return to the trademark Pat Travers Band sound as he enters his fifth decade of performing and recording.

 

From the streets of Toronto, to the streets of London, to the streets of the WORLD, catch this band whenever and wherever you can.

 

 

 Kat Alves

Kat Alves

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County music community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Collie Buddz ~ Thursday, May 21, 2015


Collie Buddz ~ “Won’t Be Long”

Photo by Josue Rivas

Photo by Josue Rivas

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present Collie Buddz with special guest The Expanders on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Reggae artist Collie Buddz is momentous, gigantic, and booming featuring awe-struck songs complete with unforgettable sing-along hook, the kind of beats that pound in the chest and a vocal performance that’s as uncommon as it is infectious.

This is a dancing show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m.  Ages 16+.  No Ins and Outs allowed during the concert.

 Tickets are $25 in Advance and $30 at the Door.  Ticketing fees may apply.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

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Collie Pic 2.jpgGrowing up on the island of Bermuda, Reggae music was a formidable influence for Collie Buddz.

His voice is unique in a way that lingers long after you’ve heard him.

Touring the world, Collie Buddz is constantly creating new music and experimenting with it in front of live audiences almost immediately. He has been featured on performances with Jody Highroller and Snoop Dogg, as well as Stick Figure.

Light It Up, the new record from artist Collie Buddz, is momentous, gigantic, and booming!  It features immediately undeniable, awe-struck songs complete with unforgettable sing-along hooks, the kind of beats that pound in the chest, and a vocal performance that’s as uncommon as it is infectious.


The Expanders ~ “Something Wrong”

 

The ExpandersThe Expanders are one of the hardest working reggae bands in Southern California.

Known for their vintage style of reggae played in the tradition of classic 1970’s Jamaican groups, their music is centered in three-part vocal harmonies and strong song writing, with lyrics that range from socially heavy to playful and upbeat.

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.