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Press Release

Grand Theatre Welcomes New Arts Education Coordinator

Posted: Jul 25, 2012

The City of Tracy – Cultural Arts Division is pleased announce the addition of Elizabeth Sayre serving as the Arts Education (Arts Ed) Coordinator at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. Ms. Sayre is responsible for the operational management and program development of the Center’s diverse Arts Education Program in the disciplines of dance, drama, music and visual arts serving children, teens and adults in Tracy. Ms. Sayre will also facilitate collaborations with the program’s numerous private and non-profit contributors, and will be a staff liaison to the Grand Foundation.

Cultural Arts Manager William Wilson states, "The core of most everything offered to the community at the Center is educative in nature. The position of Arts Ed Coordinator is critical to the overall success of the Grand’s mission and our responsibilities to the community we serve. Currently, the programming is evolving to emulate the state of California’s Visual and Performing Arts Standards to complement our local school district and home school organizations.  Additionally, there is a higher demand for advanced-level classes and professional development workshops. Elizabeth stood out among a national pool of candidates for this key position. The Arts Education Program is poised to grow significantly with Elizabeth’s guidance and expertise."

Ms. Sayre comes to California with an impressive educational and non-profit background, from Philadelphia, PA, where she most recently served as Program Specialist in world music for the Philadelphia Music Project, Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage. Elizabeth is a professional musician and writer, multilingual, and has expertise in ethnomusicology. She pursued post-graduate coursework in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and holds an M.A. from Duke University in North Carolina, and two B.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
About the Arts Education Program and the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is a unique interdisciplinary arts center offering professional and community-based fine arts programming through arts education, exhibitions, and performances of all kinds. The Center, owned and operated by the City of Tracy, has averaged over 44,000 visitors per year since opening in the 2007.  The Grand Foundation is a private 501.C3 fundraising and community partner of the facility.
The Arts Education Program is a unique and complex component of the Center. This dynamic program fosters life-long learning by offering tiered classes in dance, drama, music, and visual arts. Students of all ages are able to participate in year-round courses taught by accomplished instructors in our specialized facility.
The Center features dedicated and high-quality studio classrooms in visual arts, a college-level ceramics lab, a beautiful dance studio, a multi-purpose children’s studio, and four music rooms, including one for group instruction with a resident baby grand piano, a percussion lab, and two for private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, bass, etc. Across five years, the Arts Education Program has provided instruction to over 10,000 students. Regionally, there is no other facility, like the Grand that offers a valuable, unique set of resources in a community-based fine arts environment.
Free parking is available on nearby streets and public lots at 6th Street and Central Avenue. Patron drop-off and pick-up is conveniently available at the loading zone on Central Avenue. Tours are available. The Center is accessible to persons with disabilities. All patrons are asked to call ahead to address special requests and needs at (209) 831-6TKT (6858).
To arrange a facility tour, visit online at www.atthegrand.org, or call Patron Services at the Leona Darr Willis Box Office at 209.831.6TKT (6858).
Media Contact:
William F. Wilson II, Cultural Arts Manager – Visual Arts
Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
715 Central Avenue Tracy, CA 94376
(209) 831-6299 
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