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Arts and culture study gets funds

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

By autumn North Tahoe and Truckee should have a roadmap that identifies existing arts and culture centers and shows opportunities for a multi-purpose performing arts center.

The map, which will come in the form of a feasibility study, received over half of its funding through a decision of the Placer County Board of Supervisors on Monday, according to North Lake Tahoe Resort Association’s Ron Treabess, director of community partnerships.

The resort association will use $60,000 from a bed tax levied on hotel visitors to fund the study.

The feasibility study will inventory the current art and cultural offerings in Incline Village, North Tahoe and Truckee, Treabess said. It would also evaluate, through public surveys and other means, the demand for arts and culture. The plan would then establish what sort of buildings, venues or programs would be needed to support the needs identified. Locations for a new venue could then be identified.

An arts and cultural center could be a single, centrally located building, several satellite centers or a combination, Treabess said.

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival has showcased its act at Sand Harbor on the North Shore since 1976, said Executive Director Catherine Atack. The festival has recently embarked on a restructuring of sorts in which they have established increased artistic independence, and will begin to showcase a more diverse offering of show and plays, Atack said. The repositioning of the organization would soon involve an indoor venue, she said.

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The festival’s current home at Sand Harbor doesn’t accommodate year-round performances.

“It is outdoors and is at 6,200 feet, so we ain’t gonna be there in March,” she said.

They will be looking for an indoor playhouse in two to three years, she said.

The festival brings in $17 million over six weeks for Washoe County, she said.

The study is anticipated to cost $110,000, Treabess said.

The funding not covered by Place County will be paid by the resort association’s partners including the Town of Truckee, Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, The Lake Tahoe Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau, Sierra College and the East West Foundation.

A diverse list of contributors was the goal of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Treabess said.

“That allows us to look at the whole region,” he said.