The Scott Valley Theatre Company Board of Directors is proud to announce the Avery Theatre is a recipient of a $25,000 grant, awarded this month by the California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grants Program. This program, funded by the State of California and administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), was created to provide grants to eligible nonprofit performing arts organizations to encourage workforce development.
Patricia Lord, Executive Director of the Siskiyou County Arts Council in Mount Shasta, provided the initial information and encouraged county performing arts organizations to apply. Dee Jones, Scott Valley Theatre Company Treasurer, took on the task.
“We are thrilled to have received this grant. The application process was a learning curve, but now that we have applied and were successfully awarded significant monies, we have a template and an understanding for future grant opportunities,”said Jones.
The SVTC Board underwent a massive restructuring in May of 2022 when six new board members were added. Robert Borba, current and past President, is the only previous member. The new members are Vice President Crystal Curry, a small business owner in Fort Jones, Secretary Charnna Gilmore, Executive Director of the Scott River Watershed Council, and Dee Jones serves as SVRC Treasurer. Other board members include community members Jen Bray, Christopher Browne and Mike Cress. Each board member contributes special skills and interests which are key to the revitalization of the SVTC.
The Scott Valley Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Benefit Corporation. We have been entrusted to perpetuate this venue for the public’s benefit. We cannot be complacent or this nearly seventy-year-old infrastructure will literally crumble down around our ears. The $25,000 state grant will enable us to do the initial groundwork to apply for much larger main-street grants to upgrade the Avery so it will continue to be a vibrant asset in Etna and Scott Valley,” explained Treasurer Jones. The board is researching architectural and engineering firms to draw plans and implement large scale improvements as part of a long-range plan.
The Avery Theatre is currently the largest functioning performing arts venue in Siskiyou County. In the last year the theatre has been utilized by the Siskiyou County Film Commission’s annual Flixx Fest, dance troupes, a pet circus, a melodrama production, several Red Scarf Society performances, as well as other civic, educational and environmental organizations. Our area public schools have also used the theatre for their annual high school play, Improv Night and student movie days. The Summer String Summit will take place at the Avery on July 9th. For up-to-date information, go to their website at: etnaaverytheatre.org.
“Our plans for the Avery are massive, will take years to accomplish, but I am confident with this dynamic board of directors, we will achieve our goals.” added Jones.
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