Since our fall 2004 beginning, we have worked toward improving our beautiful thirty five year old theater.
Our projects have included:
- Restoration of the Yreka Community Theater Baldwin Concert Grand Piano
- Establishing a modern functioning sound system assisted by a grant for the Norris Foundation and the help of Steve Leal for the installation
- Annual cleanup days at the theater, involving volunteers and successful in tackling the exterior and soliciting a variety of donation (supplies, bark, etc.)
- Reception provided after each performance so the audience can meet the artists and socialize. Members donate cookies, crackers and cheese
- Boulder Project – With two generous grants for the Shasta Regional Community Foundation initially involving their “art in the community” campaign, RSSPA launched a county-wide haiku competition for students and adults writing about the ten cultural/historical voices of Siskiyou County: Artists, Chinese, Explorers/Trappers, Gold Miners, Native Americans, Pioneers, Providers (farmers, ranchers, and cowboys), Railroaders, Timber Workers and Women. Nine hundred and forty poems were submitted. Ten selected, all poems received recognition and preservation in a Voice of the Siskiyou Haiku book and physically etched into large boulders that now line the walkway to the Yreka Community Theater for theater patrons to read and enjoy.
- Baldwin Grand Piano – The purchase of a 1950 Baldwin grand piano was a highlight for 2011. With a generous fifty percent donation in memory of Harry Edson Bryan, Red Scarf provided one-quarter of the total cost and other private donors completed the balance which included a donation from our Norris Foundation outreach education grant. The piano provides us with a wonderful instrument at St. Marks Preservation Square (the former Yreka Episcopal Church) that will showcase the abilities and talents of the performers who will use it. Those folks and groups who rent St. Mark’s venue have use of the piano.
- Yreka Community Theater – Red Scarf for the Performing Arts, RSSPA, was the lead agency of the campaign for replacement of the deteriorated exterior siding of the thirty eight year old Yreka Community Theater. RSSPA collected $104,400.00 from grants and donors toward the project. The community also supported the project with in-kind donations for the project initial assessment, trash bins and transportation of waste materials, material pricing discount, and sign installation. A local contractor won the bid. The City of Yreka owns the building and authorized funds to take the project to bid and complete the project. The City’s participation was approximately one-third the cost of the project. The job was completed in January 2015 and the outside of the theater looks brilliant with its new covering.