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Tuolumne County Arts Moves To Downtown Sonora

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The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance has moved to a new location. They are now inside of the Sonora Inn, at the corner of Washington and W Stockton Street.

Lisette Sweetland, Tuolumne County Arts Executive Director, was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

According to Sweetland, “The new owners of the space formerly known as ‘Bedazzled’, have generously offered two spaces for our offices and for our partners, Motherlode Makerlabs.”

Tuolumne County Arts endeavors to inform, educate, entertain, and provide enjoyment and enrichment for the residents and visitors of Tuolumne County.

The history of serving Tuolumne County first began as an idea from gatherings in 1970 that were hosted by renowned musician, conductor and supporter of the local arts community; Carl Anton Wirth. He welcomed like-minded friends to his Twain Harte cabin to share music and conversation with other artists. An idea emerged to create an arts organization that would unite the growing number of artists and musicians who were drawn to the beauty of the area.​

In 1976, California’s State Legislature created the California Arts Council. Recognizing that everyone’s life is enriched by the arts, CAC continues its mandate to support, encourage and nurture the arts in our state. Originally known as Central Sierra Arts Council, they became a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit membership organization in 1978.

The partnership with the California Arts Council is in the form of the SLPP (State and Local Partnership) grant from the California Arts Council. Because of that partnership, TCA is designated as Tuolumne County’s mandated Public Arts Agency. The goal of which is to provide a continuing Arts presence in order to strengthen our local economy through the arts.

Along with the new location, is a new website. Check out for information on upcoming events. You can also call 209-532-ARTS (2787).

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML.