Tracy’s Cultural Arts Division is in search of arts instructors and volunteer ushers and docents to work at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, set to open in downtown Tracy this fall.
The center will include two theaters, a fine arts gallery and nine studio classrooms. Its arts education program is in need of about 150 instructors to teach private and group classes in dance, drama, music and the visual arts.
The theater’s nine studios are expected to be used all day, which arts education coordinator Vanessa Amezquita estimates will mean 121 classes each week.
Amezquita said she hopes to host mainstream as well as unconventional classes and workshops like hip-hop, belly dancing, improvisation and fashion design.
“We seek instructors who have arts backgrounds in teaching, working or studying professionally and who will offer classes that Tracy residents will enjoy and have fun taking,” she said. “We want to encourage participants to become lifelong learners in the arts.”
Between 75 and 100 volunteer ushers are also needed. Ushers will seat theatergoers, take tickets and issue programs at the 500-seat Grand Theatre, as well as at the 120-seat studio theater. Ushers must be able to volunteer about eight hours a month.
Volunteer docents, who will act as tour guides and gallery assistants, are also needed. Tour guides will be asked to commit to one daytime tour per month, and gallery assistants will work three- or four-hour shifts, mostly on weekends.
Both ushers and docents must be at least 16 years old. Training sessions will be in August and early September.