Our Town

Arts Collaborative of Nevada County (Nevada County Arts)

Nevada City, California



Nevada County, a "Gold Rush"-founded community in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, has more artists per capita than any other county in the state. The arts play an important role in enhancing the quality of life in the rural county, and Nevada County Arts (NCArts) will use its Our Town grant to fund the ART OnSite: Tribute Trail.

NCArts is partnering with the City of Nevada City, along with more than ten conservation groups, cultural organizations, and educational institutions on the project. The partners will commission and install ten environmentally based temporary public artworks along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail, a recently completed nine-mile river parkway that links Nevada City's downtown historic and economic area with the surrounding natural features. Activities include the selection of regional artists; marketing and educational outreach; an exhibition of drawings and maquettes; three artist residencies to engage local residents, civic leaders, students, and educators; and film footage documenting the artists' process and the community's involvement. The commissioned artworks will pay tribute to original inhabitants of the Deer Creek watershed, the legacy of the Gold Rush era, the cultural diversity that shaped Nevada City, and the natural beauty of the region.