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Culture & Arts

Carnegie Arts Center
Since 1916, the beautiful Carnegie Library has proudly stood on North Broadway, serving first as one of 1,600 libraries built by Andrew Carnegie nationwide and later as a community arts center. A devastating fire forced its closure in November 2005, however, supporters rallied to rebuild the Carnegie, guided by a new vision of serving as a regional center for the visual arts.

Built by the City of Turlock, the state-of-the-art Carnegie Arts Center opened at four times its original size on September 10, 2011. A climate-controlled gallery makes it possible to present museum-quality exhibitions such as the inaugural exhibition, Ansel Adams CALIFORNIA, a first-ever look at the California works of the internationally known photographer. The exhibit was highly praised and well attended, drawing visitors from throughout California.

As a community arts center, the Carnegie is also grounded in the local community where works by area artists are exhibited continuously. Regional artists in the later stages of their careers are honored with a retrospective exhibition, offering the community a chance to honor a life’s work. Local and state-wide juried exhibitions provide a glimpse at new works being created, while art by school children is frequently seen.

In addition to the gallery, the Carnegie boasts a fully equipped, spacious loft for theatre, performing arts and multi-media presentations as well as classrooms and a variety of lecture and event spaces. As a result, it is able to offer a wide variety of programs and art classes-- including dance, theater, painting, drawing and photography—with more than 25% of its offerings designed for children. 250 North Broadway Street in Downtown Turlock; call (209) 632-5761 for more information.

California State University Stanislaus
Bernell and Flora Snider Music Recital Hall features a number of renowned theatre productions, recitals and art exhibits. Student and faculty performances as well as gallery viewings are regularly scheduled at the beautiful CSUS campus. Check the “Calendar of Events” section for current and upcoming events. The art gallery is open Noon-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and entrance is free.

First Street Gallery
226 North First Street in Turlock offers a wide array of originals and prints. Call (209) 667-7332.

Regal Turlock Stadium 14
First-run motion pictures are shown on 14 separate screens, located at 2323 West Main Street just west of the intersection with Highway 99. Call (209) 664-3620.

Turlock Community Theatre
Top-name entertainers regularly perform in this beautifully refurbished high school auditorium located at 1574 E. Canal Drive. Every seat in the house is like being in the front row. Call (209) 668-1169 for more information.

Turlock Film Commission
In 2011 the Turlock Film Commission was launched to aide film makers and help optimize the amount of production required to produce a film in Turlock and the surrounding areas. Contact (209) 632-2221 for more information.

Gallo Center for the Arts
The mission of the Gallo Center for the Arts is to enrich the quality of life in the Central Valley by providing an inspirational civic gathering place where regional, national and international cultural activities illuminate, educate and entertain. The Gallo Center for the Arts will celebrate the diversity of the Central Valley by offering an array of affordable cultural opportunities designed to appeal, and be accessible, to all. Located in the Little Opera Hall, 611 H Street in nearby Modesto, the Townsend Opera Players offer an ongoing list of performances. Call (209) 523-6426 for more information.


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