Tuolumne County Profile - Community Indicators Project 2008
Tuolumne County Profile Introduction Health and Safety Education and the Arts Natural Resources and Recreation Economy and Infrastructure Appendices Conclusion Acknowledgements

Performing Arts

Why is this important?

Tuolumne County’s performing arts scene enriches lives of residents, contributes jobs, and generates millions of dollars for the local economy. In a 2005 telephone survey of county residents, more than half gave the highest ranking of "extremely important" to the value of a good variety of performing arts in the community.

What is the measure?

Performing arts attendance, capacity and economic impact indicate the vitality of our performing arts scene.

How are we doing?

We have a total seating capacity of approximately 5,000 provided by the nine major venues. Most venues approach full-capacity for their performances.

Established in 1979, the Sierra Repertory Theatre, with two stages, presents theatrical programming from world classics to Broadway musicals, and is the only central California theatre company to have a year-round contract with Actors Equity, the union of professional actors. Stage 3 Theatre specializes in the best of contemporary cutting-edge theatre. Both Sierra Repertory and Stage 3 recently expanded their facilities.

The dance field is represented by fee-based studios with limited public performances.

The community offers an active and diverse music scene including historic, classical, jazz, contemporary, folk, symphonic, and brass ensembles. We have an active arts outreach to schools program (ARTS), strong support of music ensembles, and a performing arts charter school. However, we lack adequate public or private venues to present national tours and concerts.

Performing arts groups remain financially vulnerable. Local, state and federal governmental funding is almost non-existent. Nonprofit arts groups are heavily dependent on box office income, which limits programming choices.


*The total dollars estimated to be spent by nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences **These arts organizations also contribute over $309,700 to government revenues
Source(s): Agency Contact and www.AmericansForTheArts.org

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Tuolumne County - Central Sierra Mountains