Top X Lists

In recognition of the 10th Anniversary 2016-17 Season, Top X Lists were presented across the year
featuring significant, interesting and fun facts about Center and acknowledge our Collaborators and Patrons.

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• 10 Popular Classes, Camps & Workshops in the Arts Education Program 
The Arts Education Program at the Grand has offered over 13,000 Classes, Camps & Workshops to over 23,000 students!
The programming below represents a survey of the most popular.

1.  Road to Broadway for Special Need Camp
For 8 years, the Academy of Performing Arts and Deborah Skinner have provided our Special Needs Children a place especially for them
and their Parents to shine.  A place all their own.  Each Summer children write and develop a script, integrating various musical theatre librettos,
songs and dances culminating in a performance. 
2.  Introduction to Oil and Acrylic Painting
Taught by Vince Walsh, Introduction to Oil and Acrylic Painting has given many people a thorough grounding in color theory, composition,
and the challenges and strengths of this style of medium.
3.  Fused Glass Lab
Fused glass lab, taught by Abhilasha Natajaran, has given local artists a chance to explore the wide range of unique possibilities fused glass work offers.
By offering the use of a communal kiln, the opportunity to buy glass in house, and the expertise and guidance offered by the instructor,
this class is a favorite for many students.
4.  Elementary Drawing
Through our collaboration with Young Rembrandts we have been able to provide regular drawing classes for young children, pre-school to young teens. Elementary Drawing is a popular introduction to drawing with various media in a structured yet creative environment.
5.  Muppet-Style Puppet Making Workshop
This recurring week-long workshop, run by Intermission Productions, not only teaches participants how to design their own Muppet-like friend,
but also shows how to properly move and use them. The end-of-class revue for friends and family never fails to bring a smile! 
6.  Art for the Special Needs Child & Family
This class gave an opportunity for the entire family of a special needs child to participate in hands-on art with them, encouraging fun and play.
Working together strengthened bonds and allowed expression beyond words.
7.  Music Together
The joy of young children set free among noisemaking instruments cannot be overstated. The joy of their parents, knowing that the rhythms,
songs, and dances learned in the Music Together program helps in the development of their children, is just as great.
8.  Private Piano Lessons 
The piano can be a foreboding instrument to learn, despite its near-universal use in music.
Sunny Kim’s classes, geared towards students of all ages, gave participants a chance to learn and love the piano and the wonderful music it can make.  
9.  Private Voice Lessons
Wendy Goulart offers private voice lessons to students of all ages who learn how to sing in tune freely and easily.
Students receive guidance in finding the true beauty and power behind their natural singing voice.
10.  Polynesian Dance
Jennifer Taloa’s main focus is to bring the Polynesian culture to the community through dance art expression.
Students in her classes learn to tell stories through movement and dance using footwork and hip motion.

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  10 Unique Exhibitions in the Grand Galleries   •

The Exhibitions Program at the Grand has presented nearly 60 feature exhibits!
These ten shows represent some of the unique programming not often seen at other art museums or galleries in the region.

1.  Salute to Surrealism:  featuring Julia d'Arcy, Dr. Ed Gafford, Nils Krueger & Asa Mathat
with masterworks by Salvador Dali, Joan Miro & Pablo Picasso
curated by James Cloer / Patrons of Art – September 6th – October 18th, 2008

2.  Revival:  Grand Theatre Center for the Arts Construction Photographs
featuring Jeff Haws, Barry Hand, John Nagle (1943 – 2010) & Peter Lippman
November 15th – December 20th, 2008

3.  Waiting for the Light – A Photographic Retrospective by Dave Olmstead (1929 – 2012)
May 22nd – July 24th, 2010

4.  Graves Country – The Folk Art Collection of ol' Roff
September 10th – October 29th, 2011

5.  Animals in Clay:  featuring Bill Abright, Evan Hobart, Maile Iwanaga, Monica Van den Dool & Wesley T. Wright
curated by Evan Hobart  –  February 2nd – March 9th, 2013
6.  Always Write – Jim Lewis Retrospective
September 7th – October 26th, 2013
7.  Angela Johal – Beyond Consumerism:  The Body Speaks
February 1st – March 8th, 2014
8.  Mickey McGuire – Peace Corps Images from Bolivia 1967-69
January 24th – March 7th, 2015
9.  The Convict and a Boy – A Graphic Novel by Kenney Mencher / Summer 2016 Artist-in-Residence
May 28th – July 16th, 2016
10.  Veterans Spotlight Exhibition:  Special 10th Anniversary Exhibition in honor of our Nation's Veterans and their Historic Service
November 5th – 23rd, 2016

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Accolades & Honors of the Grand 
1.  California State Legislature Recognition 2007 – Assembly Member Cathleen Galgiani 
U.S. Congressional Recognition 2007 – Congressman Jerry McNerney

2.  The California Heritage Council 2008 Recognition in appreciation of restoration and preservation.

3.  California Preservation Foundation 2008 Preservation Design Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation.

4.  University of Chicago 2010 Arts Redevelopment Recognition as one of the unique and important cultural redevelopment projects in America.

5.  Tracy Press 2010 Best of Tracy – Entertainment, Community Event/Activity & Family Activity
6.  Tracy Press 2011 Best of Tracy – Dance Instruction & Entertainment
7.  Tracy Press 2012 Best of Tracy – Entertainment
8.  Theatre Historical Society of America – California Conclave Tour 2012
9.  San Joaquin Magazine Best of San Joaquin 2013 – Local Talent Hot Spot
10.  Tracy Press 2016 Best of Tracy – Community Organization

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 Artists, Curators & Lenders of the Exhibitions Program 

The Exhibitions Program at the Grand has worked with hundreds of extraordinary collaborators to create visual arts programming in the Galleries.
Here are ten important efforts that strongly engaged our Patrons and helped define our contributions to regional creative community.

1.  The Making of an Artist , featuring Lisa Cooperman, Adele Fox, Miguel Guerrero & Arturo Vera, 2007
2.  Dualis: Ceramics Invitational, featuring 23 national & international ceramic artists spanning the genres of functional, sculptural & spatial arts, 2008
3.  Ansel Adams: Deepest Sense, in collaboration with the Stockton Symphony & the University fo the Pacific, 2009
4.  Centennial Celebration Historical Exhibition, featuring the collections of the Tracy Press, West Side Pioneers - Tracy Historical Museum,
Tracy Fire Department,Tracy Police Department & the Bank of Stockton Archives, 2010
5.  Kunstlerleben – From Budapest to the Valley Stephen Gyermek Retrospective, curated by Miguel Guerrero & William Wilson, 2011
6.  Beauty… it's not pretty – National Juried Exhibition, featuring 26 Artists exploring Beauty, in and by unconventional means, in America
Guest Juror & Awards Judge, Kris Kuksi, 2012
7.  Inhabit Your City : Voices of Tracy, Anné M. Klint, Artist-In-Residence
A community-based media project, Creative Work Fund / ArtPlace Media Grant Award, 2013
8.  Transforming the Written Word, featuring Ray Beldner, Thomas Ingmire, Shannon Kaye, Francesca Pastine & Susan Richardson
curated by Susan Richardson, 2014
9.  Father Clay – Bruce Duke Retrospective, curated by Cathy Anderson, 2015
10. Local Presence –  Paintings by Carolyn Lord, 2016
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Favorite Instructors of the Arts Education Program

These long-time members of our faculty have provided thousands of hours of instruction in Dance, Drama, Music & Visual Arts.
They are Patron-favorites in Tracy and we are thankful to be able to collaborate with them in service to our community.

1.  Richard Beebe – Tracy Art League, Photography
2.  Wendy Goulart – Percussion & Voice
3.  Jody Harcourt – Music Together
4.  Sunny Kim – Piano
5.  Main St. Music – Private Lessons & Group Music
6.  Abhilasha Natarajan – Fused Glass
7.  Deborah Skinner – Academy of Performing Arts
8.  Jennifer Taloa – Siva Polynesia Dance
9.  Vince Walsh – Tracy Art League, Painting
10. Young Rembrandts – Visual Arts for Youth

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 Amazing Performances of the Presenting Program 

Among the hundreds of memorable performances in the theatres at the Grand, here are ten that we and our Patrons loved!
1.  Inaugural Gala Concert with the Incredible Award-Winning, Linda Ronstadt – 2007
2.  The Brilliant Ensemble, SFJAZZ Collective World Tour – 2008
3.  Broadway’s Celebrated Phantom of the Opera & Fan Favorite, Franc D’ambrosio – 2008/2009/2012/2013
4.  The Spectalur & Gravity-Defying Peking Acrobats from the People’s Republic of China – 2009
5.  South Africa’s Breathtaking Soweto Gospel Choir – 2010
6.  Winner of Last Comic Standing, the Hilarious John Heffron – 2010
7.  Rising Country Sensation, Kellie Pickler – 2011
8.  Two Unforgettable Nights with the Roadhouse Legend, Willie Nelson & Family Tour – 2012
9.  Stand-Up Comedian, Actor & Producer, Drew Carey – 2013
10.  Multi-Genre Percussionist, Pete Escovedo Orchestra with Special Guest Sheila E – 2015
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Historical Facts about the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 1900 to the present

1.  The oldest buildings in the Center are the Tracy Town Hall & Jail and Fire Department Carriage & Stable Building on 7th St. built in 1900 in the bungalow/craftsman style.  Contrary to local legend, there were no secret tunnels under either of these buildings.

2.  The Shamrock Hotel (1906) and the American Hotel (1909) were built by landowner and developer John C. Droge.  The Shamrock was originally a Southern Pacific Railroad Contract House where by guests and employees of the company would be catered to.  Droge also lived in both hotels across 20 years of owning and operating businesses in downtown Tracy.
3.  Droge’s entrepreneurship continued as the primary investor in the Bank of Tracy (1909), and with the opening of the Grand Theatre in August of 1923 as the area’s premiere Vaudeville half-house serving audiences of up to 1,000 (seating for 800 in addition to standing-room-only).
4.  The Grand was designed (by Albert W. Cornelius) as a classical theatre with numerous architectural elements including columns with Corinthian capitals, frieze with relief sculpture, decorative cornice, and egg-and-dart ornamentation.
5.  The superstructure of the Grand is built with heavy grout concrete up to 18" thick, hot cast rebar and variety of joints including the co-joining of wood, metal and masonry.  The original ironwork, plaster and lath, and redwood trusses remain in the facility today.  The preservation of this antique (and subsquently rare) style of construction brings architects, contractors and preservationists from across the region to the Grand for research.
6.  The Art Deco elements were added as part of a major 1941 remodel (by Alexander Cantin) while the Theatre was under the Allen family’s ownership. Prominent additions included tower marquee, neon, deco paint colors, ticket booth, decorative foyer and a futurist mural of Tracy by the nationally acclaimed Anthony (Antoon) Heinsbergen.
7. The storefronts across Central Avenue (now the Grand Galleries) housed a variety of eclectic businesses including a general store, tavern, café, cigar shop, clothing store, beauty parlor, and a drapery and waterbed store over the past 100 years.
8.  Notorious Tracy Madam Hazel Price and her cavalcade of well-dressed ladies were patrons of the Theatre, often sitting in the Grand’s box seats.  It’s also thought that Hazel utilized a bank of rooms in the old Shamrock Hotel in addition to her well-known brothel on E. Third St.
9.  The only original external architecture of the American Hotel building that is still visible can be viewed in Jackson Alley, just north of the Box Office between the murals.
10.  Through collaboration with local historians (Sam Matthews, Larry Gamino and the West Side Pioneer Association) and collections (Tracy Historical Museum, Tracy Press Archive and Bank of Stockton Historical Archive) we are still learning the about the history of the buildings that comprise the Grand.  In addition we are happy to discover new information through anecdotal accounts from those who used to operate businesses, lived in the neighborhood or patronized the buildings across the decades.  Thank you for taking the time to share your incredible knowledge and share your life's stories!

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