Salon Exhibition – Gallery Talk Artists Announced!

Salon Exhibition – Gallery Talk Artists Announced!

We’re excited to announce that featured artists Tiffanie Heben (Photography/Tracy), Rick Ingraham (Painting/Modesto), and Mira Woodworth (Reclaimed Glass/Herald) will be our special guests!  Each is an important member of our creative community and have contributed to collective success of the Exhibitions Program at the Grand.

Join us on Saturday, October 9th at 12 noon for an interactive discussion about the creative process, inside of the 15th Anniversary Salon Exhibition on display across the Grand Galleries.  This event is free and open to the public.  Masking is required.

Dia De Los Muertos Family Day!

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Join the Arts Education Program for Dia De Los Muertos Family Day on Saturday, October 30th from 10 am to 2 pm.

There will be hands-on activities, photo opportunities, vendors in our Mercado, and more! An altar will be on display in the Pombo Lobby, with a Community Art Show in the 2nd floor hallway from October 30th through November 5th.

In recognition of the Center’s 15th Anniversary Season, limited edition Dia de los Muertos t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event! These unique shirts feature original sugar skull artwork designed by local artist Paco Garcia. Pictured below.

This event is free and open to the public!

Be a part of our Community Altar!

The public is invited to contribute to a Community Altar, on display in the Pombo Lobby on the 2nd floor through Friday, November 5.  Participants may deliver or send images of loved ones to celebrate and honor.  Photos can be dropped off at the Arts Education Office at the Grand, or emailed to:

Be a part of our Community Art Show!
Submit your Artwork to be on display in the upstairs hallway!

– Artwork of any medium is welcome
– Dia de los Muertos themed art
– Family Friendly art
– All ages welcome to submit art
– Art must be framed or on a canvas and include hanging hardware
– Submissions due by 10/26 – drop them off at the Arts Education Program Office on the 2nd floor of the Grand.

Want to be a part of the Art Show? Register here!

California Arts, Culture, & Creativity Month – April 2021

Join our community throughout April and celebrate Tracy Arts Month and California Arts, Culture, & Creativity Month!

In 2019, Arts, Culture and Creativity Month was declared by the California Senate in a concurrent resolution to be every April in California to recognize and celebrate the significant impact the arts have in California. Activations occur throughout the state including city and county proclamations, op-eds, special events, performances, round tables and more. The goal of our month-long campaign is to elevate public awareness of the value of the arts and the collective impact the arts bring to our communities and state.

The month of April is our time to celebrate, recognize and advocate for the significant impact we make in California!


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.

Free Online Paint Night

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents a free Paint Night through Facebook live!  Join the Arts Education Program featuring visual arts instructor Amanda Trask for a 1-hour painting you can do from the comfort of your own home! Participants can follow along in the video below to create their one-of-a-kind painting!

This Paint Night is family friendly and appropriate for school-age students as well as adults.

You will want the following supplies to complete this painting:

  • canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper (we used a 14″ x 11″ canvas)
  • one small paint brush
  • one large paint brush
  • one paper plate for mixing colors
  • one plastic cup for water
  • paper towels used to make the leaf texturing on the painting
  • 6 colors of paint:
    • White
    • Black
    • Yellow
    • Red/Orange
    • Dark Green
    • Blue

Or you can opt to use any supplies you have available at home!

Please click on the video below to begin painting!