Arts Education Program News & Events

Saturday Morning Photo Studio

Join the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts for their monthly Saturday Morning Photo Studio workshops starting Saturday, March 4th!

Each month photographer Richard Beebe will be discussing a different topic that will be beneficial to photographers of all skill levels.

Saturday, March 4th students will discuss how to photograph artwork. This is a great workshop for individuals who sell their creations or run a business online!

Sign up for one of the 4 hour workshop for only $40 here, or sign up in person at the Grand for all 3 Saturday workshops for a discount price of only $100!

Youth Photo Contest & Exhibit

The Tracy Press, Grand Foundation and Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents Celebrate Tracy – Youth Digital Photography Contest & Exhibit.  This special collaborative event is part of the 2016-17 10th Anniversary Season at the Grand and sponsored by Wesco Graphics, Les Serpa and The Surland Cos., United Way of San Joaquin County Inc. and Dr. Andrew Trosien.
Local Tracy youth are asked to respond photographically to:  What is the best thing about Tracy?
Participation is open to Tracy youth between 7th and 12th grades. Submit one image per participant. All photos must be original and unaltered — use of Photoshop or other editing software to alter the image is prohibited.  Contest Judges will select a First, Second and Third Place Award in two grade categories: 7th – 9th and 10th – 12th.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 17.
Submitted photos will be on public display at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts from Saturday, May 13 – 20.  An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 12 to 2 pm in the Grand Galleries, where awards will be announced.  This event is free and open to the public.
Winners will receive cash prize awards and be published in the Tracy Press special edition Celebrate Tracy on Friday, May 19.  ENTER THE CONTEST

Ceramics Lab Hours & Classes

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts features a college-level ceramics lab with instruction in Hand-Building, Sculpting, and Wheel Throwing. Classes are available for students ages 5 and up!

New sessions of classes start every two weeks! View our current class schedule or register online now!

Every Wednesday evening from 6 - 9 PM we have drop-in Ceramic Lab hours where students can work on their projects at their own pace. Lab hours are recommended for ages 14 and up. No prior registration needed, just stop by!

Winter/Spring Registration & New Catalogs

Registration for Winter/Spring Semester of 2017 is now open.  You can pick up a copy of the new Arts Ed catalog or download it here, with classes running through May 2017.

There are many new and exciting classes and workshops in dance, drama, music and visual arts coming.  We have some great new Instructors, and are thrilled to announce Life Drawing will be offered through a collaboration with the Tracy Art League, as part of our Professional Development Workshop Series beginning in March.

They'll be some additional announcements in the coming months including the return of the popular Business Skills for Visual Artists Workshops and a special collaboration that combines independent filmmaking and sports with the literary arts.

Top X Lists

As we continue our celebration across the 2016-17 Season, we present the Top X Lists!

Over the next 10 months, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through July 2017, a list of important, educational and interesting facts about the Grand will be featured.  In addition prominent collaborators and patrons who've made notable contributions to the programming and operations of the Center will be recognized.

10th Anniversary Season – Thank You!

The 2016-17 Season has begun!  Thank you to the Trace Adkins fans who enjoyed a sold out performance on August 20th, the 1,500 patrons who packed the Grand for our 10 Year Anniversary Party on August 26th, and to the all of the artists and instructors who celebrated together at the Art Awards Luncheon on August 27th!

Special honors to the sponors of this programming: the City of Tracy, Grand Foundation, Dr. Shailaja Singh, and Mike & Mariette McLellan!   Without your generous support these events would not be possible.  We would also like to acknowledge the amazing team of artists, contractors, staff and supporters who helped design, decorate, host, perform and provide hospitality across the weekend.  The Grand looked amazing, the food was delicious and entertainment was so much fun!

An on-going series of special events, presented by the Arts Education, Exhibitions & Presenting Programs, will be featured across the 2016-17 Season in honor of you, our Patrons!  We thank you for your continued interest and support of our programming!  Together we make the Grand truly unique in the State of California and a model collaborative arts project for other communities across the nation.

Remembering Our Friend Gretchen Talley (1933 - 2016)

Gretchen Talley was a long time, celebrated community leader and activist, and one of Tracy's quintessential arts and education supporters.  Her decades of remarkable community involvement included St. Bernard's Mothers Guild, Tracy Joint Union High School District, San Joaquin County Board of Education, THS Parent Advisory Committee and Band Boosters, Tracy Parks & Recreation Commission, Tracy Tennis Club, San Joaquin County Bike Task Force, Tracy Friends of the Stockton Symphony and numerous other organizations.

Ms. Talley was also a Board Member of the Arts Leadership Alliance (now Grand Foundation) who worked in collaboration with the City of Tracy in the development of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  For many years after the Grand opened, Gretchen would enthusiastically attend events and promote the Center, as well as consistently offer kind words of support to the Staff.  Her sincere efforts were always appreciated and she will be greatly missed.

Additional details about Gretchen's impressive life has been recently documented in the Tracy Press.

Remembering Our Friend Pat Sanchez (1942 – 2016)

Pat Sanchez (Tracy, CA) was a truly special and memorable member of our community. Ms. Sanchez served as a nurse for 20 years, including caring for terminally ill children. Since 2007, Pat worked as a gourd and pine needle weaving artist.  She began exhibiting professionally at the Grand in the fall of 2010, and quickly became a gallery favorite.  Pat also offered a series of workshops in the Arts Education Program, patiently teaching hobbyists and artists alike how to work with her preferred materials.
Pat was highly supportive of the Grand Theatre Center of the Arts and her extraordinary loyalty and contributions to our programs will be remembered and celebrated. Before her passing, Pat donated one of her signature gourds to the City of Tracy – Civic Art Collection.  It will remain on display in the Grand Galleries for the remainder of the 2015-16 Season in her honor.

Contact Us

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
715 Central Avenue
Tracy, CA 95376
Phone: 209-831-6TKT (6858)
Fax: 209-831-6271

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Facility Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
One hour prior to ticketed performances.

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