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Miners Foundry Cultural Center Awarded California Arts Council Grant to Produce 2nd Annual Nevada City Dance Festival

ncdfThe Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to announce they have been awarded a $10,800 grant by the California Arts Council (CAC), which will be used to support the production of the 2nd Annual Nevada City Dance Festival, a week-long celebration and showcase of professional dance in Western Nevada County, March 14-17, 2017. This is the Miners Foundry’s second year to receive a significant grant from CAC for the Nevada City Dance Festival.

With the CAC Local Impact grant funds, and the support of the community, the Miners Foundry will host the following international and professional dance companies: dawsondancesf, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, Linda Blair Dance Company, Pisa Za Congo Dance Company with Vivien Bassouamina, and Airaligned aerial dance group, for a week-long residency in Nevada City. Dancers will prepare for several live performances as well as work with local dancers, dance studios and schools over the course of several master classes.

“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 diverse, quality programs in Nevada County.”

This year CAC announced $8,726,168 in grants to California nonprofit organizations under ten unique, competitive grant programs. 712 grants were awarded for programs supporting arts education; underserved communities; veterans and their families; local economic development; arts and community development; creative place making; and arts service organizations. The CAC Local Impact grants were awarded to smaller arts organizations for the purpose of providing project support and fostering equity, access and opportunity to arts programs in smaller communities.

In 2013, with support from the County of Nevada and the community, the Miners Foundry was able to complete the installation a professional dance floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall. They have since welcomed many professional dance companies to perform, and hold professional dance residency programs and classes.

“We are so fortunate to have the Osborn/Woods Hall at the Miners Foundry,” says Karin Attix, organizer of the festival. “It is a perfect venue for contemporary dance with its intimate in-the-round seating and spacious stage dimensions and high ceilings. Our audiences will have a profound, in-depth experience of watching amazing, technical dancers and crafted, engaging choreography.”

dawsonedancesf_4-nevada-city-dance-festival-2015-2About the Dance Companies

Back by popular demand, Gregory Dawson and his company, return to Nevada City after wowing audiences during their sold-out performance at last year’s festival, to perform selected works from his January season at the Yerba Buena Cultural Center in San Francisco. dawsondancesf 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.

What started as Tahoe Youth Ballet in 2009 with a single performance at the North Tahoe High School auditorium, the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective has evolved into a company that presents a range of performances for Lake Tahoe audiences throughout the year, including its own productions as well as visiting dance companies. Under Artistic Director, Christin Hanna’s crafted eye, these young dancers perform a wide range of pieces from ballet to contemporary modern works.

The Linda Bair Dance Company based in Sacramento, comes from a deep modern heritage with roots in Merce Cunningham, one of the 20th century legends of modern dance. Dancers range from 17 to 52 years in age and will perform from variety in music both commissioned scores from modern dance composers and music from Haydn and Purcell, along with other baroque composers.

Pisa Za Congo (Children of Congo) Dance Company is a professional Drum & Dance Performance Ensemble based in Santa Cruz, CA, directed by Vivien Bassouamina. The company performs dances in a range of styles from Traditional to Modern, including Lyrical, Improvisation, Acting, and Story-Telling.

AirAligned aerial dance group, now based in Sacramento, was formed in 2002 by Artistic Director Tresa Honaker. Unlike traditional circus performers AirAligned members consist of formally trained dancers. AirAligned is a theatrical aerial dance group. Productions are beautifully choreographed and athletically executed. The group has received additional training in the aerial arts from Ingrid Hoffman, Hollywood Aerial Arts and Cirque LA in Los Angeles, Trapeze Arts in Oakland and San Francisco Circus Center.

Event Activities include the following:

A Gala Reception at the Miners Foundry on Tuesday, March 17, 2017
Four dance master-classes
Three technical and dress rehearsals
Professional dance performances by the visiting companies March 14, 15
& 17, 2017

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

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

 

 

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe featuring Roosevelt Collier ~ Friday, February 13, 2014


Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe featuring Nicki Bluhm ~ “My Baby”

 

Karl Denson PosterThe Miners Foundry will present Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe featuring Roosevelt Collier on Friday, February 13, 2015.  For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor.

Nowhere has this been more apparent than with his band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.  Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know when KDTU is in town, a dance party will ensue.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 in Advance and $30 at the Door.  Tickets will be available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

 

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Zac Brown Band In Concert - Concord, CAApproaching iconic status, Karl Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz’s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slightly Stoopid.

 

 

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back on the road for a multi-city tour in support of their latest studio album, New Ammo, an infectious 13-track collection, joined by celebrated sacred steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier.

 

 

 

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. 

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

Soukous and Salsa Dance Party ~ Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SALSA PARTYK.S.K. Dance Collective will present a Soukous and Salsa Dance Party on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Miners Foundry.  The party will be a benefit for Mabiba Baegne, a most revered elder in the drum and dance community who is battling cancer.  The evening will feature traditional African cuisine, with tickets purchased in advance.  The party will run from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15.00 and available at Briar Patch Co-Op.  For more information, contact Lisa at (530) 470-3053.

K.S.K. Dance Collective is a Community Organization that supports World Class Master Artists, through hosting and sponsoring Dance, Drum, and Singing workshops of Traditional World Music.

 

 

 

Akim Aginksy

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 cultural music and dance communities.

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

Congolese Drum & Dance Workshop ~ Thursday, February 13, 2014 ~ 4:00 p.m. ~ $15-$20

Congolese_flyer_VivienK.S.K. Dance Collective will present a Congolese Drum & Dance Workshop featuring Master Dancer Vivien Bassouamina with drumming by Arnold Balekita.

The class will take place on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Miners Foundry.  Drum class is at 4:00p p.m. and dance class is at 5:30 p.m.

Cost is $15-$20 (sliding scale), and drop-ins are welcome.  For more information, please call Lisa at (530) 470-3053.

 

 

 

Akim Aginksy

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. 

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

Miners Foundry

Asleep at the Wheel with Cousin Cricket ~ Friday, August 2, 2013 ~ 6:30 p.m. Doors / 7:30 p.m. Show ~ $40.00 Advance / $45.00 Door / $55.00 VIP


Asleep At The Wheel ~ “Route 66”

Grammy Award winning western swing legends Asleep at the Wheel will perform at the Miners Foundry on Friday, August 2, 2013.  AATW will be joined by local favorites Cousin Cricket for an evening of dance and amazing performances.  A no host bar and refreshments will be available for purchase.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m.  General Admission tickets are $40.00 in Advance and $45.00 at the door.  VIP tickets are available for $55.00 per person.  VIP tickets include a reserved table.  Minimum of 2 people per VIP ticket order.  Tickets are available online, in person at Briar Patch Co-Op, and in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry.

VIP

General Admission

For more than four decades, Asleep At The Wheel has driven the western swing genre to the edge, explored new territories, picked up new passengers along the way, and crisscrossed the country to the delight of fans and critics alike.  Beginning with the simple goal of playing and reviving American roots music, the musicianship of AATW has become the stuff of legends.  Reuter’s has described AATW as “one of the best live acts in the business”.  AATW bandleader Ray Benson fell in love with western swing because of its unique combination of elements of American blues, swing and traditional fiddling but also for its demanding musical chops.  Western swing is a thrill to hear live and has been described by Benson as “jazz with a cowboy hat”.  Asleep At The Wheel has garnered nine Grammy Awards and released more than 25 studio and live albums.

Asleep At The Wheel

 


Cousin Cricket ~ “Ridin’ The Rails to Reno”

Cousin Cricket, Northern CA’s premiere Western Swing  band has been delighting audiences throughout the west for over 30 years.  With their own take on classic country, swing, and rockabilly, Cousin Cricket continues to deliver top notch entertainment for discerning audiences.  With songs about gold miners, full moon boogies, star-crossed lovers, and pick up trucks, from steamy ballads to western swing (and even a polka!), Cousin Cricket’s original music reflects the band’s roots in western music and the rural California lifestyle.

Cousin Cricket

Summer Daze Concert Series with Honeysweet ~ Thursday, July 18, 2013 ~ 6:00pm Doors / 7:00pm Show ~ $10 At the Door

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and As the Crow Flies present Summer Daze Concert Series every Thursday starting July 18th through August.  Thursday, July 18th features live music from Honeysweet, Whiskerman, The Lampshade Tango plus acoustic opener Jeffrey Dupra and Art Show by A.S.H.  All-Ages.  Doors 6pm, Show 7-11pm, Tickets available at the door only $10.

 

 

 

 

 

Honeysweet is a Soul, R&B, Funk, Groove, and Jazz quintet that resides in Nevada City and Grass Valley, in the Sierra foothills of California. Upon their formation, they already had a large local following and they continue to collect dedicated fans while rocking parties and venues around Northern California.

 

 

 

The Whiskerman (Oakland) The youngest of three brothers and the son of two musicians, Graham Patzner didn’t have much choice. Starting on piano at age five and then moving on to violin, trumpet and guitar, the Whiskerman singer and front-man has cultivated a unique sound that is hard to pinpoint. His voice ranges from smoky to soaring, while his songs span a wide array of moods and genres, yet always remain soulful. Behind him is a tight band that includes brother Lewis Patzner (Judgement Day, Devotionals) on cello, Will Lawrence on bass, Nick Cobbett on drums, and Charles Lloyd (Cash Pony) on guitar and sitar. Collectively they form Whiskerman, and they are quickly becoming a force in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Lampshade Tango (Auburn): Andy Z and Cap’n Mike came from the frozen lakes and snow-covered roads of Michigan and settled in gold country to forge their prosperity. They joined forces with the Kitchen, a native to these hills, on a special Halloween night at an Argentinian Tango Ball. The rest is illustrious, speculative history.

There’s an entire world of music out there to love and explore. Each of us brings something a little different to the mix. We love playing in many different styles and enjoy meeting and sharing sounds and ideas with musicians and music lovers everywhere.

 

Colorado’s Whitewater Ramble Announces Nevada City Album Release Party w/ Absynth Quintet 4/11

Whitewater Ramble & Absynth Quintet – Thurs, April 11

Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street Nevada City, CA
ALL AGES, Doors: 7:30 PM, w/ Absynth Quintet: 8:30 PM, w/ WWR: 10:00 PM
Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 DOS, Available online at www.minersfoundry.org or at The BriarPatch Co-op

Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, Whitewater Ramble (WWR) bring their “High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass” to the Miners Foundry, Thursday, April 11th.  This is a special album release party is in support of the national release of their second studio album Roots & Groove. The band has welcomed back Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth as producer for the second time. Carbone worked with the band on their genre-bending debut release All Night Drive in 2010. Joining them are special guests Absynth Quintet for Humbolt County.

Whitewater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft it’s sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana.  The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres and to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations.

WWR has had the privilege of supporting, touring with and sharing stages with Railroad Earth, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dark Star Orchestra, Little Feat, Papa Mali, The New Mastersounds, The Gourds, The David Grisman Quintet, Jerry Douglas, Lotus, Splitlip Rayfiled, The Motet, Tea Leaf Green, Henry Butler, Vince Herman and Great American Taxi, Peter Rowan, Tony Furtado and many more.

The Miners Foundry had the opportunity to ask WWR’s Patrick Sites (mandolin, vocals) a few questions before the group rolls into town on Thursday.

When did you realize bluegrass was the genre of music for you? 
Not sure we’ve ever realized that…. We love bluegrass, but it’s only a portion of what we use in our sound.  We pull a lot from rock, jazz, jam and improve, even some reggae.

What is it about bluegrass you live so much?
Bluegrass at its core is pure and simple, which lends itself to cross-pollination of other forms and genres and blurring the lines of form.

How did you all meet?
Probably not enough time or ways to describe how this group has come together, but jams, parties, open mics, friends of friends,  What is special about this group?   One minute, we are playing and singing a traditional bluegrass number, the next minute, the bassist is standing on top of his bass playing a synthesizer while the drummers drops dance beats…… all in the same song

What is it like to look out from stage and see entire room dancing to your songs?
It’s the personal goal of everyone in our group, we love artistry, but we love when artistry meets dance party.   In other words, it’s extremely satisfying and rewarding, it’s the goal of our live performances each and every night.

What are some of your musical influences?
Diverse, Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Sound Tribe, String Cheese, Railroad Earth, Gillian Welch…..

How do they reflect in your music?
Some influences are reflecting in writing and lyric only, others in our own playing of each instrument, other reflections in our arrangements.

Your dream musical collaboration?
Any remaining members of the Grateful Dead

What’s it like being a band on the festival circuit?
Fun, fun and more fun.  Still work, long hours of travel, but certainly the best part of our year is at festivals.

Is it hard to come home?
Yes and no, it’s still travel and time away from our personal lives but it’s great to walk a proper balance as well.

For someone who has never seen or heard you what should they expect when they come to the show? 
Diversity in styles and sound, drinking more than they expected and dancing more than they expected.

What is the secret component of a great string band?
Having drums.

 

Miners Foundry Open House & Community Party for the New Floor – February 15th

Celebrate the new wood floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall with live music from the Deadbeats, yoga & dance demonstrations, food & drink, plus more!

On Friday, February 15, 2013, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center will host an Open House and Community Party at the historic venue to celebrate the new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall and recognize those that have contributed to make this major, yet necessary, facility upgrade a reality.

Attendees are welcomed and encouraged to stroll through the Foundry, taking in the historic artifacts, beautiful stone walls, hand hewn wood beams, and of course the new wood floor.  They can also watch and participate in yoga, swing, salsa, and dance demonstrations from local instructors and organizations.  And finish the evening dancing on the new floor with old and new friends to the music of the Deadbeats and other local acts who have donated their time and talents to the cause. Food and a full no-host bar also available.

For the last year, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been hard at work quietly raising funds for a new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall, one of their two great halls.  A new wooden floor was needed in the Osborn/Woods Hall because the existing floor was rough, industrial concrete left over from the time when the room was a machine shop.  It was also uncomfortable for standing and dancing.  A new wood floor will beautify the hall – lighten the room, improve acoustics, attract more musical events that involve dancing, provide an elegant space for dinner dances, night-club-style events and dinner theatre, expand rental business to include more daytime uses such as exercise or dance classes and the floor will fulfill the vision outlined in Miners Foundry Strategic Plan of  becoming a first-class venue!
With the support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Foundry has raised 95% of their goal and hope the Open House and Community Party will help with the final amount needed.  Last week the new wood floor was installed by Youngs Carpet One.  Youngs Carpet has been instrumental in helping the Foundry select the new wood floor.  With their guidance the Foundry selected a Kahrs Activity Floor.  In addition to installing the floor, Youngs sealed and leveled the existing concrete floor and installed a moisture barrier.

“The Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s programs and historic preservation are funded, in part, by revenue generated from building rentals, however, individuals also play an essential role in maintaining our existing programming, expanding our offerings and ensuring the Foundry continues to enrich us for many decades to come,” explains Gretchen Bond, Executive Director.

There is still time for individuals, families, and businesses interested in donating $1,000 or more to have their named imprinted on the floor for generations to see and enjoy.

To make a tax-deductible donation you can do so online at www.minersfoundry.org or simply call (530) 265-5040. You can also mail in your donation to Miners Foundry, attn: Osborn/Woods Hall Floor, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959. For questions or additional information please contact Gretchen Bond at (530) 265-5040 or Gretchen@minersfoundry.org

KNOW & GO

What: Miners Foundry Cultural Center Open House and Community Party
When: Friday, February 15, 2013, Doors 5:30pm, Demonstrations 6:30pm, Music 8pm
Where: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: Suggested Donation of $10 at the door, no one will be turned away, children 13 and under FREE
Info: www.minersfoundry.org

The Miners Foundry Needs YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last year, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been hard at work quietly raising funds for a new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall, one of their two great halls.  With the support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce they have raised 85% of their goal.  The Miners Foundry is reaching out to help make this much needed facility improvement a reality for the community to use and enjoy for generations to come.

A new dance floor means more dancing, more events, more workshops, more fun for the entire community!

DEADLINE: Hurry! Donations of any amount are welcome. There is a deadline of February 4th for those who donate $1,000 or more and will have the name of their choice imprinted on the floor.

Every little bit helps in making this floor a reality for the community. Everyone who donates will be invited to the Miners Foundry Open House & Party for the Floor.

MILLENNIUM CLUB MEMBER ($1,000)

  • Your named on the floor
  • One Osborn/Woods Poster
  • Two tickets valued $20 each to any Foundry-produced performance
  • An invitation to the Miners Foundry Open House for the Floor
  • You will be included in all Miners Foundry signage thanking our sponsors of this important Dance Floor project
  • The personal satisfaction of helping improve the historic treasure that is the Miners Foundry

To make a tax-deductible donation you can do so online here or simply call (530) 265-5040. You can also mail in your donation to Miners Foundry, attn: Osborn/Woods Hall Floor, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959. For questions or additional information please contact Gretchen Bond at (530) 265-5040 or Gretchen@minersfoundry.org

Why we need a new floor:

A WOODEN FLOOR IS NEEDED IN THE OSBORN/WOODS HALL BECAUSE:

  • The existing floor is rough, industrial concrete left over from the time when the room was a machine shop
  • The concrete is dark and uncomfortable for standing and dancing

A WOOD FLOOR WILL:

  • Beautify the Hall – lightening the room, improve acoustics
  • Attract more musical events that involve dancing
  • Provide an elegant space for dinner dances, night-club-style events and dinner theatre
  • Expand rental business to include more daytime uses such as exercise or dance classes
  • The floor will fulfill the vision outlined in Miners Foundry Strategic Plan: Become a first-class venue

WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF THE FLOOR PROJECT?

  • Seal and level the existing concrete floor
  • Installing a moisture barrier
  • Installing Kahrs Activity Floor

WHO WILL PERFORM THE WORK?

  • Youngs Carpet One will install the floor, The Board of Trustees will manage the campaign

Get Floored – Miners Foundry New Wood Floor Campaign

For the past year, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been hard at work quietly raising funds for a new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall, one of the two great halls. With the help and support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and the Nevada City Chamber Commerce they have raised 70% of the total amount needed. With just three weeks remaining before breaking ground on January 28, the Miners Foundry is reaching out to help make this much needed facility improvement a reality for the community to use and enjoy for generations to come.

“A wooden dance floor will allow the Foundry to produce Swing, Ballroom, Salsa and Blues dance events without making excuses about dancing on cement. It’s a big step in the improvement of the Miners Foundry,” says Paul Emery, a local promoter who has produced music and theatrical events at the Miners Foundry.

Located in the heart of downtown Nevada City, the Miners Foundry is a California Registered Historic Landmark. The building retains the character of the Gold Rush days with its rough-hewn beams, iron doors, and antique fixtures and furnishings. From its earliest days as a machine shop that spawned such modern marvels as the Pelton Wheel which would go on to revolutionize hydroelectricity to the fabrication of steel that was used in the Liberty Ships of World War II to its current use as Nevada County’s premiere cultural arts and community center, the Miners Foundry has and continues to play an integral role in the story of Nevada County, and ourselves.

“Charles Woods and David Osborn had a magnificent and brilliant vision which they made a reality; to create a cultural center for Nevada County from the ruins of a once bustling but ultimately derelict industrial building which once served the mines,” said Paul Matson, board member of the Miners Foundry and friend of the late partners, Osborn/Woods. “Today what was then the American Victorian Museum is alive and well while actively fulfilling that original mission, in what is now known as the Miners Foundry.”

In 2009, the Miners Foundry brought together community members, organizers and leaders for a strategic planning session. During the meeting the floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall, along with a new sound system, stage, curtains, and kitchen, were all identified as areas that needed improvement. Since then, these areas with the exception of the floor have been updated. A new floor would beautify the hall by lightening the room and improving acoustics. It would attract more music events that involve dancing. It would also provide an elegant space for dinner dances, night-club-style events and dinner theatre. Rental business for daytime uses such as exercise, yoga and dance classes would expand dramatically.

Last year the Miners Foundry hosted over 400 events and nearly 50,000 people, local and out-of-town, visited to either attend a rock concert, theatrical production or reading, non-profit or school fundraiser, private party, wedding, or just to admire the historic mining relics and the Foundry’s famous stone walls.

Young’s Carpet One has been selected as the contractor for the job. The scope of the floor project includes sealing and leveling the existing concrete floor, and then installing a premium hardwood floor. Donors of a certain level will have their name or the name of their choice permanently imprinted on the new wood floor.

“Like many non-profit arts venues, only 40% of the buildings operating costs are covered through rental income,” explains Gretchen Bond, Executive Director. “The remainder comes from Foundry-presented events, annual memberships, fundraising events, grants and donations. Individuals and businesses that choose to support the Foundry make an enormous difference and insure the legacy of this great building.”

Hurry!  Donations of any amount are welcome.  There is a deadline of January 26th for those who donate $1,000 or more and will have the name of their choice imprinted on the floor.

To make a tax-deductible donation you can do so online here or simply call (530) 265-5040. You can also mail in your donation to Miners Foundry, attn: Osborn/Woods Hall Floor, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959. For questions or additional information please contact Gretchen Bond at (530) 265-5040 or Gretchen@minersfoundry.org

A Holiday Celebration of Dance ~ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 ~ 5:30 p.m. Doors / 6:30 p.m. Show ~ $12.00 Students / $15.00 General Admission

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present a Holiday Celebration of Dance featuring Holt Ballet Conservatory and The Movement Alliance, plus TMA School, Junior Company, and The Sierra College Dance Club.  The Celebration will present scenes from The Nutcracker and original modern dance choreography.  The performance will be on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.  The Box Office opens at 5:30 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15.00 General Admission and $12.00 for Students, and are available online, in person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch.

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

Photo by Akim Agninksy

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