News and Press Releases
Vivid Increments – the making of Stop Motion Animation
The 10th Anniversary 2016-17 Season closes with a blockbuster event! This exclusive exhibition features a unique display of art and objects that illustrate the 100+ year history, allure and creative process of stop motion animation. Vivid Increments - the making of Stop Motion Animation presents production art, posters, puppets, props, toys and video exploring the genre including King Kong (1933), The Black Scorpion (1957), Jack the Giant Killer (1962), Planet of Dinosaurs (1977), “Gumby” (1980-90’s), Mars Attacks (1996), James and the Giant Peach (1996), ParaNorman (2012) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).
In addition, a series of special educational events will feature movie screenings, presentations and workshops with appearances by experts from the field of stop motion animation. The project honors of those working in this incredible media, from the early pioneers such as Dawley, O'Brien, Pal & Harryhausen, to the contemporary animation studios of Aardman, Clokey & Laika.
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.
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.