The KVMR Community Radio and Nevada Theatre building project:
Where the Theater of the Stage meets the Theater of the Mind.
KVMR Community Radio and the historic Nevada Theatre have joined forces in a truly unique collaboration to build a new 8,000 square foot home for KVMR that also adds 1,600 square feet of new backstage space to the 148 year old theater. As far as our research indicates, no other collaboration of this type exists within the country.
The History of KVMR Community Radio
KVMR was started by citizens who dreamed of creating a nonprofit community radio station for Nevada County. It went on the air for the first time on July 14, 1978. In 1981, KVMR found a more permanent home at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City and increased its power to begin broadcasting 24 hours per day. KVMR moved to its present broadcasting location on Spring Street in downtown Nevada City in 1994. An upgrade to the station’s broadcast facility in 1999 dramatically improved KVMR’s regional signal quality and range. KVMR serves listeners throughout the Northern California Sierra foothills and the greater Sacramento Valley at 89.5 FM, in the Truckee/Tahoe region on 105.1 FM, in the Woodland/Davis area at 104.7 FM and in the Camino/Placerville area at 88.3 FM. KVMR serves as the official Emergency Broadcast station for Nevada County, and is the immediate information conduit for this region 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. KVMR is also available worldwide at www.kvmr.org.
The History of the Nevada Theatre
The Nevada Theatre is California’s oldest theater. The building, California Historic Landmark No. 863, has held thousands of presentations over its 148 year history including performances from Mark Twain and Emma Nevada to Motley Crue and The Second City comedy troupe. Today, it is a vital part of the community and is used for a range of literary and performing arts, movies, and special events. The Nevada Theatre was built on the site of the old Bailey House, which was consumed in the great fire of 1863 that destroyed most of Nevada City. That year, a corporation was formed by Nevada City residents to build a first-class theater to bring dramatic acts to the people of this bustling gold rush town. From 1871, the theater was owned by various commercial interests, until 1964 when several citizens in the community first met to acquire, refurbish and restore the old building. It was purchased in 1967 and is administered by the Nevada Theatre Commission.
Why the Partnership?
Both KVMR and the Nevada Theatre Commission (NTC) bring people together to celebrate performing and visual arts and give voice to the community through discourse and action. This unique building project keeps two of Nevada County’s most stable non-profits in downtown Nevada City. The partnership strengthens the mission of each organization, rescues an abandoned building site and adds to the vibrancy of the Bridge Street cultural corridor.
The Needs of KVMR
KVMR has outgrown its current rented building and requires twice as much space to realize its goals. This project will allow KVMR to:
• Create a secure future by having its own building, thereby reducing operational expenses.
• Expand the diversity and reach of its programming with additional studios and new equipment.
• Build a state-of-the-art performance studio/community room where local, regional and national groups and organizations can present live music
• Improve the sound quality of KVMR by building acoustically designed broadcast studios and production suites with state-of-the–art equipment.
• Create a second digital “channel”, KVMRtoo, for additional programming
• Syndicate more programs nationally
• Offer a special local news and events channel for the blind or reading impaired.
• Improve news coverage during weather and other emergencies to enhance KVMR’s responsibility as the county’s official emergency broadcast station. KVMR is the only local media staffed 24 hours a day
• Collaborate with the Nevada Theatre to add a control booth and equipment to showcase and broadcast entertainment and programs “live” from the Nevada Theatre.
• Construct a “green” building to increase energy efficiency and use local materials and labor.
• Make the building accessible to people with disabilities.
The Needs of the Nevada Theatre
As the premier regional facility for live theater, this project allows for expansion of the theater without altering the historic main building. The backstage area will be linked through doors in the back wall of the existing Nevada Theatre and make the main stage accessible by elevator for the first time.
The Nevada Theatre will gain:
• The infrastructure to broadcast live programming.
• Stage-level backstage space that its users may occupy as needed for their events in the theatre including restrooms for artists and technicians.
• An area where theater companies may store props and costumes or prepare for load-in and load-out during the run of their productions.
• More available area in the rear of the existing stage.
• Access to the adjacent meeting facilities in the KVMR Community Room.
Naming Rights Opportunities:
Naming rights opportunities exist for rooms, equipment, and other unique features of the two buildings. Naming rights opportunities begin at the $5,000 donation level and go upwards from there. Please contact Rick Sharkey, KVMR’s Development Director at 530-265-9073 x 201 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding naming rights availability and pricing.
The Bridge Street Project:
Our collaborative building effort with the Nevada Theatre is known as the “Bridge Street Project: Linking Arts, Media and History”. The new address of KVMR will be 120 Bridge Street in downtown Nevada City. The physical location of the Nevada Theatre, KVMR and the Miners Foundry across the street from KVMR, will create a new hub for performing arts in Nevada City. In short, a new performing arts district, emphasizing the diversity of theater, dance, music and visual expressions offered to our community through the Nevada Theatre, KVMR and the Miners Foundry. Our current projected occupancy date is Fall 2014.
A video of our project can be viewed online at www.vimeo.com/63303996. The short video highlights the needs of both KVMR and the Nevada Theatre and the positive impact the new buildings will have on the community and region.
How You Can Participate and Contribute To Our Project:
You can invest in your community’s future and the cultural richness of the arts. Please consider making a donation to support this project. For more information about contributing to this project, please contact Rick Sharkey, KVMR’s Development Director at 530-265-9073 x 201 or email@example.com