Arts Education Program News & Events

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!

Voice-Overs…Now is Your Time!

Breaking into the voice-over industry is much more achievable today than it was in years past, thanks in large part to the accessibility of having a home studio and the industry being so virtual now. You don’t need to be in a major market to be a successful voice-over talent. To set up a studio in your home, it’s about $350 for the recording equipment once you have a computer, add in a marketable voice, and strong reading comprehension skills, and you have a great foundation to get started. However, even with all of these tools, to really succeed in voice-over, you need to have proper coaching. There’s a lot more to voice-overs than just having a nice sound and reading a script. You have know how to interpret the scripts and bring them to life, this is where acting comes in. Lisa says, “you have to be able to lead your listeners emotionally where you want them to go, conveying the message in a way that powerfully impacts the audience.” The Such A Voice course, “Voice-Overs…Now is Your Time!” will give interested persons the introduction of techniques and tools to do this.

Lisa will be teaching “Voice-Overs…Now Is Your Time” on 2/16/17 at Grand Theatre Center for the Arts from 6:30-8:30 pm. The cost to attend the introductory voice-over class is $40R / $44NR. Sign up today! Activity code: 10036.

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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