Art • Advocacy • Opportunity

Welcome to Neighborhood Center of the Arts

At Neighborhood Center of the Arts we make art, great art that’s easy on your wallet. But more than that, we change lives.

Everyone needs a job, a place to find purpose and meaning in their life. For many Developmentally Disabled or Intellectually Challenged adults living in Nevada County, CA, that place is the Neighborhood Center of the Arts. Located in Grass Valley, we provide studio space and art materials as well as two in-house art galleries for exhibition opportunities. On any given weekday as many as 60 artists come to our studios to make art, learn living skills and hang out with their friends. Their disabilities include, but are not limited to, Down Syndrome, Autism, Spina Bifida, Traumatic Brain Injury, Schizophrenia, Bi-polar Disorder.

We offer classes in fiber arts, visual arts, clay, woodworking, jewelry, computers, performing arts, cooking and community outings. Our clients weave, paint, sculpt, build furniture, cook meals, sing, dance and volunteer at the library.

At NCA we take out the ‘dis’ out of ‘disability’ and focus on what people can do. We focus on their abilities.

We’re proud of the work our artists create. We have three scheduled shows in our in-house galleries every year. Sometimes more. And just to make things exciting we have featured artist pop-ups from time to time. Nearly every month we’re exhibiting our work in the local community. And sometimes not so local, like New York. Or Seattle. We get around. Or at least our art does.

Not all NCA artists sell their work but those who do receive 50% from the sale. The remaining 50% helps us to continue doing the work that we do.