Strengthening performing arts throughout Plumas County

Plumas Performing Arts supports excellence in performing arts awareness and education in and among young people, amateur performing arts in the community, and professional performing arts educators. We devote ourselves to providing positive and creative outlets for our communities that help enhance our performers’ abilities. Our goal is to create a life cycle of arts education and performance that embraces all levels and interests in Plumas County.

Background is a gray building that says Quincy School. Five people are standing on the lawn in front.

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.

Image of a yellow big rig with a crowd watching

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.

PUSD teacher Mrs. Brown receives ukuleles from QHS senior Tristan McMichael. Photo shows them holding instruments and wearing masks.

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.

A young boy smiling and playing a boomwhacker during the summer music program

For 2023, we altered our mini grant program to encourage local artists of all ages to take performing arts classes and organized a summer music program for students K-12 and community members that served over 100 people county-wide.

In 2024, we hope to continue our efforts by bringing back our summer music program and expanding upon our mini-grant program. 

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