Tristan McMichael, Lana Murray, and Marty Walters have visited every Plumas County community and met with local school sites to best determine how to support performing arts education in Plumas County. Ideas ranged from bringing in outside performing artists to puppet shows to funding professional development in primary grades or the purchase of musical instruments. They also presented their ideas to the Plumas Unified School Board.
In addition to partnering with and supporting existing performing arts opportunities for Plumas County, PPA has plans to create new events and programs. In 2019, PPA helped coordinate and sponsor the Summer Band, conducted by Eliza Hardee, which practiced all summer and performed in the Plumas-Sierra County Fair Parade and during the Fair.
In 2020, PPA helped coordinate a Reno Pops performance at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, created and hosted 5 virtual performing arts competitions for local junior high and high school students, created a mini grant program to help local performing artists with arts related expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic and purchased ukuleles for student use via distance learning for the local public school district.
In 2021, PPA helped fund awards for an elementary and high school music competition which were awarded in the Spring at an all county band day. 2021 also marked the first senior scholarship award of $1,000 to a graduating Plumas County high school senior.
2022 proved to be a challenge for in-person events still, but Plumas Performing Arts continued the college scholarship, hosted an instrument drive, and helped local high school music programs fundraise to cover honor band expenses.
For 2023, we altered our mini grant program to encourage local artists of all ages to take performing arts classes and are developing a county-wide summer music program for K-12th grades through adult musicians.