Cultural Arts Division Issues Marketing & Printing Services Request for Proposals

Cultural Arts Division Issues Marketing & Printing Services Request for Proposals

The Cultural Arts Division – Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is now accepting proposals to support the design, production management, printing, and mailing of the annual Season Brochure and Arts Education Program Class Catalogs.

Download the Marketing Services Project RFP here.

Download the Printing Services Project RFP here.

Deadline for both Request for Proposals is 5:00 PM PST on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Tracy Arts Commission – Arts Month Events

As part of Tracy Arts Month 2022, the Tracy Arts Commission presents two FREE, public events!

Join celebrated poets Miniya Joy Brisbane and Darius Waiters on Saturday April 9th for a Poetry Workshop.  This event features a variety of interactive activities that are family-friendly, and will inspire your creativity.  Drop-ins are welcome throughout the session in the Children’s Studio between 10 am and 12 noon.  Supplies are provided.

On Thursday, April 21st the Studio Theatre will be transformed into an Open Mic Night lounge.  Hosted by Emcee Aaron Branscum, with Special Guest singer/songwriter Matt Jaffe, you are invited to share your talents for an eclectic evening of fun.  The event is all ages, and concessions will be open to provide hospitality.

 

Tree of Life Heart on Display in City Hall

The Grand Foundation is presenting a series of community events and public art interactions in support of their upcoming Heart Exhibit – Grand Auction at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts on Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The fundraising event will feature a group of sculptural hearts painted by local-area artists.

The Grand Foundation has selected Tree of Life by Kimberlee Powell to be featured in the Main Lobby of City Hall.  The work will be on public display from Thursday, October 14 through Thursday, October 28.  Eights hearts will move throughout the community and convene at the Grand for the November event.

Grand Galleries Online & Webstore

We are excited to announce the launch of a new way to view and purchase art this holiday season at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts!

Beginning Friday, November 27th at 9 am, the Grand Galleries Online & Webstore will provide a selection of original works of art, artist-designed products, and promotional merchandise, all for immediate purchase!  Both shipping and pick-up options will be available for most items.

The Artist Spotlight celebrates local artists from the region, beginning with Bruce Duke (1922 – 2016) who was a highly influential ceramic artist and arts educator.

The Exhibitions Program will add new items in the coming weeks, and present a selection of works from feature exhibits in 2021.

Please note, if you are gift shopping, we recommend making purchases by Friday, December 11th for shipped items.  Items can be picked-up through Thursday, December 17th.  Please note the Grand will be closed for holiday break between December 18th and January 3rd.  Orders placed during break will be processed in the new year.

Thank you for your continued interest and support of our programming at the Grand!

Window Shades Project Public Viewing

The City of Tracy, Cultural Arts Division (CAD) announces the completion of a new collaborative Civic Art Project in downtown Tracy. CAD Staff and the Tracy Arts Commission, with the Grand Foundation (Kaylin Dell’Aringa, Former Chair) and Tracy City Center Association (Dino Margaros, Executive Director) and Kim Cose (Community Member at Large) worked collaboratively to select the area artists that will be featured.

A compelling set of images by artists Alyn Brereton (Modesto), Delbert Park (Tracy), Angela Johal (Livermore) and Mark Roberts (Antioch) are printed on 14 custom-fabricated shades across the windows of the art galleries. Five large-format works in painting and photography become murals on the streetscape, adding beauty, energy and interest to the area.

The public is invited to celebrate the project with a sidewalk viewing on Wednesday, October 28 at 10:00 am, at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, located at 715 Central Avenue. Social distancing and the use of masks are encouraged.

The project was co-funded with generous support from the Grand Foundation, the fundraising partner of the Center. The shades were manufactured and installed by OrangePiel of the Bay Area, a full-service design and technology company specializing in window shades and acoustical wall murals.

Remembering Our Friend Leona Darr Willis (1929 – 2017)

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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 never ending 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 at the theatre and as a life-long arts patron, the support and wisdom she generously 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)

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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.