News and Press Releases
Remembering Our Friend Leona Willis (1929 – 2017)
For many of us, Leona was the true champion of the revival of the historic Grand Theatre into the contemporary arts center it is today. Her neverending energy to make the Grand rise again was powerful and influential to the hundreds of collaborators, and thousands of community members, who worked on the project for years.
When challenges emerged, Leona always had the right words of encouragement and sweetest twinkle in her eyes. As a Grand Girl working the theatre and as a life-long arts patron, the support and wisdom she genererously shared was inspirational and priceless. Our Staff at the Grand and community-at-large will deeply miss her.
Tracy Press Obituary
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.
Grand Theatre Center for the Arts Featured in Select Traveler
The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is featured in the March/April 2015 edition of Select Traveler magazine.
See our lovely theatre and article here.
10th Anniversary Season – Thank You!
The 2016-17 10th Anniversary Season was incredible! Thank you for celebrating this important milestone in our history with us, across the past year.
We're taking a little break in August. and then the 2017-18 Season opens the weekend of September 8th with Dav Koz with Larry Graham Jr. live in the concert, new exhibitions in the Galleries and the start of fall semester in Arts Ed.
We sincerely 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.