IMPERIAL – The Imperial County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a $12,000 donation to the North County Coalition for the Arts (NoCCA) Tuesday evening during the off-site regular board meeting that took place in Imperial.
NoCCA recently received a grant from the California Arts Council of just over $21,000 to support the recently created Imperial County Arts Council; however, the grant required a mandatory $12,000 match from a public or private source in order for the group to receive the full award.
According to Rosemary Wood, executive director of NoCCA, it took several years and numerous attempts before receiving the grant from the California Arts Council, who had previously turned down their request due to the lack of an official Arts Council in Imperial County.
On June 1, 2015 the Board of Supervisors appointed three Imperial County Arts Commissioners: Hildy Carrillo, chairman of the City of Calexico Arts Commission, Charla Teeters-Stewart, program manager of the Imperial County Film Commission, and Rosemarie Wood, executive director of NoCCA.
“We have amazing talent in the Valley,” said Wood. “The California Arts Council is extremely impressed with the numerous videos I have sent to them in addition to the numerous art walks taking place in the County.”
The Imperial County Arts Council was developed to promote awareness of the arts as a vital part of Imperial County’s culture by expanding the opportunity and accessibility of experiencing art in public places, to create a more visually pleasant environment and to apply for grants to support the arts.
“I am extremely proud of the young artists who are collaborating together and creating the art walks,” said Wood. “Art has no boundaries.”
NoCCA is a corporation based in Brawley that provides opportunities for members of the community to produce and participate in performing and visual arts programs in order to encourage and stimulate awareness, educate, enlighten, and inspire youth throughout Imperial County.
“It is an impressive achievement that NoCCA was successful in their grant application,” stated Ryan Kelly, Imperial County District 4 supervisor. “The Board created the Imperial County Arts Council so that the Valley would have an opportunity to tap into resources that would assist the promotion of additional arts programs in Imperial Valley. It is important to enhance the artistic culture of Imperial Valley and support it through efforts such as this donation.”
NoCCA is assisting the County with the flag competition that is currently taking place.
“This is what I call the Valley working together,” said John Renison, county supervisor of District 1.