Did you use county or state money?
No. We used our "savings" of funds from earned income, private donations and
member support to make an investment in the building.
Do you still need county and state money?
Yes, we certainly do.
If we were equate this to a family buying a house, would you ask if the family
breadwinner should quit their job? Like that family, we saved for many years
with the dream of owning our own home. Plumas Arts still needs to work and earn
an income. We still do, and do well, the programs and services that government
funding has had the vision to provide support for: the arts, local economic
development, tourism, quality of life and the building of a vibrant cultural
community. As the turbulent current economy allows we do need, deserve and
provide an excellent form of investment for state and county funds.
But, we have also learned how treacherous it is to depend on public funds. In
2001 when the California Arts Council was virtually defunded. We lost 30% of
our income. To navigate through that loss, we cut operating expenses and
staffing, greatly increased our fundraising efforts and sought out and obtained
new earned income sources. That is also the time period when we took on the
failing Town Hall Theatre business that we have since regenerated, restored and
kept viable performing arts productions and as the county?s last movie
This year we face another series of county, corporate and foundation grant
losses totaling 25% of our annual budget. Once again we cut staffing and
operations (already at bare bones) and are seeking out other forms of income.
Plumas Arts also restructured our organizational assets by transferring a
25-year accumulated cash "savings" into the purchase of a historic Plumas
County structure that we will bring back to the community.
The symmetry is interesting. Again it is also a bit frightening, but once again
we are determined to bring the resources of our visionary, can-do organization
to this project and enlist the support of many citizens, members and friends
who are ready to rally together for something positive in these troubled times.
It is not too hard to envision another victory for us all.
How can others help with this community investment?
It will be a challenging time ahead for Plumas Arts. We have drained the bulk of
our cash reserve with this investment. We will have moving expenses and there
will be renovations to be made to meet the potential of the facility, but this
will be joyous work.
Enthusiastic supporters have come to our office, or called, THRILLED with this
news and asking how they can help. We tell them "go to more movies, come to
our events, shop in our gallery. We may need volunteer help and well, money
helps." Upon saying this we have been handed several checks to help with
moving expenses and to build this dream. If you are not already a member of
Plumas Arts this might give you another reason to join.
Call Plumas Arts at (530) 283-3402, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Plumas Arts is a fully tax-deductible 501c3 organization. Please consider making
a capital investment in the new Capitol Arts Center.