The Grand Foundation has worked to support arts programming at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts with annual underwriting contributions since its opening in 2007. Foundation underwriting has supported concerts, exhibitions, classes, workshops and special events. Additionally, the Foundation underwrites the costs for some art supplies, art making and technical equipment, and hospitality services. The Grand Foundation works collaboratively with the City of Tracy to make classes more affordable for the residents of our community.
The Grand Foundation is a community-based, non-profit organization, formerly known as the Arts Leadership Alliance (ALA). The original ALA was founded in 1998 to promote the cultural development of the community.
While the particular classes underwritten by the Grand Foundation change each semester, the following classes are examples of the kinds of programming that are offered at reduced cost by the generous support of the Grand Foundation and its supporters:
Special Needs Drama Class!
The Road to Broadway for Special Needs
Salsa Dance Class
Introduction to Cuban Salsa and Rueda
Yoga for Kids
Children learn the ancient art of yoga
Tap Dancing for Seniors
A slow, gentle introduction to tap dancing. Students can stand, sit, or use the barre to learn standards such as the soft shore and shim sham
The Road to Broadway
An original musical theatre script written by Michelle Tostado
The Art and Craft of Acting
This class is designed to increase artistic perception by opening young actors up to hidden resources within themselves. It will enable creative expression, explore new ways to achieve acting excellence on stage, and assist students in making informed aesthetic judgments by providing an expanded menu of vocabulary and concepts. This is a series of lessons designed for experienced actors of all age levels.
African D’jembe Drumming
Come and feel the beat! Learn African drumming and folkloric songs.
Music Technology with Piano
Group piano class is based on computer technology using E-Media Piano Basic/Advanced software.