Arts council turns to fund-raisers |

Arts council turns to fund-raisers

Penelope Curtis, the Nevada County Arts Council executive director, said two-thirds of her organization?s annual budget this past year came from state funds.

?Those funds can?t last much longer. That?s why we?re in the process of developing other activities to maintain a cash flow,? said Curtis, who emphasized that her board of directors is trying hard not to cut any services.

?Every organization needs to develop a cash flow,? Curtis added.

So the local arts council doesn?t have to rely on state funds, its board is planning new fund-raising activities such as art-related workshops, classes and conferences to begin, hopefully, by the end of September.

Curtis met with a Grass Valley Park and Recreation District representative Friday to discuss using Sierra Foothills High School as a venue for the classes.

?Any organization, whether service or cultural, needs to use state or federal funding as icing on the cake. The real income needs to come from the community. There?s so many nonprofits in our county, over the course of the next few months and years to come a lot of funding sources such as foundations will have in their guidelines for nonprofits to merge or collaborate.?

The current state budget situation hasn?t made much of an impact on two other local nonprofits.

Barry Bonifas, executive director of Music in the Mountains, said, ?We get less than 1 percent from the state. Most of our support is from local individuals and businesses and foundations. We get very little governmental support.?

State Parks Superintendent Ray Patton also isn?t too worried about the financial woes. His department has worked before without a passed state budget.

?To this point, our staff is still working and the parks are still open,? Patton said. ?We?re paying staff.?

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