Plumas County locals enjoying a Plumas Arts event.
PLUMAS ARTS RANKS WITH THE BEST IN THE STATE
Plumas Arts has been designated by the County Board of Supervisors to serve as our county’s representative in the California Arts Council’s State Local partnership program since 1981.
Each year the organization makes an application to the program for operating funds through a competitive grant application process. Grants are ranked based on the criteria of Local Arts Networking, Community Engagement and Fiscal Management and Leadership.
In the organization’s most recent application Plumas Arts was ranked at the highest possible level with the likes of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Diego and Sonoma counties.
“We were one of only several rural North State arts councils and the least populated of any applicant to be in the top ranks,” comments Executive Director Roxanne Valladao. “Grants are reviewed by a panel of arts professionals representing diverse areas and expertise throughout the state. “It is particularly meaningful to be held in such high esteem by our peers.”
The review panel was impressed with “how much the agency achieves with such a small population”… “good range of revenue streams”… “the commendable support of a dedicated membership” and “how well (Plumas Arts) works within a variety of community sectors.”
The State-Local Partnership program fosters cultural development on the local level through a partnership between the CAC and local arts agencies throughout the State. Partners are tasked to enable the creation, presentation, and preservation of the arts of all cultures to enrich the quality of life for all Californians.
Roof Crew (left to right) Ron Logan, Zach Russell, Will Lombardi, Jim Schaber, Dale Ready, Bob Mackel, John Wooller, Jeff Glover, Michael Rodriguez and Wayne Cartwright. Not pictured Wes Mead.
FRIENDS & FUNDING HELP THE TOWN HALL THEATRE
The Town Hall Theatre has enjoyed a busy few months of community support making possible some much needed facility repairs and welcome steps forward that are adding character to the downtown Quincy landscape.
On a sunny Fall day, eleven volunteers spent a couple of morning hours removing the old failing roof to make way for the new one. The project was a year in the waiting for the much needed repair.
“The theatre and rental offices have suffered many years of leaks and patch jobs, so this was a very happy project to see completed,” explains Plumas Arts Director Roxanne Valladao.
“Just to remind us of the need for the new roof we suffered an unexpected evening rainfall that blew the tarps off the roof and raining into the offices and theatre bathrooms.” Thankfully, Skyline Home Improvements was right on target getting the new roof on in short order.
The back wall also suffered from leaks that were repaired earlier this summer when the wall was resurfaced in preparation for the mural that has is being brought to life by muralist Rafael Blanco to a resounding chorus of rave reviews. A National Endowment for the Arts grant is providing funds for his artist fee.
The facility repairs have been funded with a generous donation from Wells C. (Captain Carl) Clark who loved the theatre, one of very few small town theatres still thriving thanks to the devotion of Plumas Arts. Carl’s Legacy provides Plumas Arts with a dedicated fund for facilities and an endowment that will help to keep the community arts agency solvent so that they can continue to maintain the two historic building that have been placed under their care.
Other Town Hall Theatre projects planned for completion before the snow flies this year are new awning for the front rental offices and the completion of the mural on the back wall of the theatre.