BRAWLEY â€“ The North County Coalition for the Arts (NoCCA) is the arts commission for the City of Brawley, and although based in Brawley, it benefits the whole Imperial Valley.
The purpose of NoCCA is to bring performing/visual arts and artists together with the diverse communities of Imperial Valley and to educate, enlighten, and inspire.
For over 17 years, NoCCA has brought in outside arts programs to the delight of school children throughout the Valley. Some of the shows sponsored include modern dance, music, and ballet as well as productions starring local talent.
Imperial County is also home to incredible artists, art events, and programs throughout the Valley that bring culture to our children and the entire community.Â Their summer Arts Sparks program has introduced cello, violin, guitar, and percussion lessons to hundreds of children, and then given them a chance to perform for the community.
Besides providing opportunities to produce and partake in artistic programs, NoCCA was the major force in the renovation of the former Palmer Auditorium, now called the Palmer Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Patricia Lang was the driving force and originator of NoCCA.Â In 2013, Lang stepped down as executive director and handed the reins to Rosemarie Wood. Wood was resident director, producer and stage manager of Palmer with Lang, and the two later became partners in the organization.
As the new NoCCA Executive Director, Wood said she is very excited about the future of the organization.
This year,Â NoCCA has submitted a request to became a member of the California Arts Council.
Early last year, Wood suggested that the dilapidated downtown area of the city wouldÂ benefit from renovations and a re-designation as an arts district. In JuneÂ 2014, downtown was renamedÂ Brawley Downtown Arts District, with NoCCA as the advisory agency.
Another one of Wood’s efforts was to acquire a portable stage through the generosity of the Brawley Rotary Club.
In an attempt to recognize and celebrate local artistic talent, NoCCA, along with The Desert Review, is co-sponsoring the Artist of the Month wherein Valley artists are nominated by members of the community and featured in articles in The Desert Review. Later, an Artist of the Year will be chosen from the pool of local Artists of the Month.
NoCCA is not funded by any entity but subsists entirely from the generous donations of community members and businesses throughout the Valley.
To donate to this great organization and help them continue to promote local arts, mail your tax-deductible contributions to:
North County Coalition for the Arts
P.O. box 1253
Brawley, CA 92227