Suzi Schoensee and B.J. Jordan, of Sierra County Arts Council, recently visited Sacramento to rally with arts advocates from across the Golden State in support of the Arts. The Sierra County Arts Council has been advocating for the arts for many years and because of our united efforts we have seen an increase in State funding for the arts. We are especially grateful to Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates who engage with our legislature to ensure that rural Californians may experience art opportunities. Rural counties, like Sierra County, do not enjoy the same funding streams available in urban communities. Sierra County is dependent State funding through the State-Local Partnership program from the California Arts Council to keep our doors open and provide for arts education, events and programs. The California Arts Council also provides Arts Education and Operating Support to Musica Sierra of Loyalton.
Suzi and B.J. carried sign, hand-made by Rudy Jackson, that displayed the simple message “Art for All”. We were well-received by our legislators, Senator Brian Dahle and Assemblywoman Megan Dahle. Megan loved the sign and kept it as a gift. We made quite a splash at the Capitol Park rally with our hand made signs that were featured upfront in photos and videos taken at the event. We were grateful for the opportunity to make our voices heard. The Dahles, who hail from Lassen County, were especially receptive to Sierra County and our rural message.
Arts Advocacy has increased funding to Sierra County arts programming in recent years. We are particularly pleased to announce that the passage of Proposition 128, which we hope will add a full-time music teacher in Loyalton and part-time music instruction in Downieville. Thank you to everyone who contributes to the arts in Sierra County, and we hope you will join us in advocating for the arts in your community by joining Californians for the Arts. Sierra County Arts Council is State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council.