About Friends of the Arts


Friends of the Arts promotes communication, education, economic development, arts, culture and collaboration in Butte County. Events are hosted throughout the year where community members have the chance to enjoy silent films, make sculptural horses, attend a jazz festival and more! Large community events and campaigns include Artoberfest, Chico Palio, the Oroville Salmon Festival, the Silent Film Festival and the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival.



Contact Friends of the Arts

Debra Lucero
Upstate Community Enhancement Foundation - Friends of the Arts
500 Main St., Ste 150
Chico, CA  95928



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Big Star Veterans Flag Project

With support from the California Arts Council, Friends of the Arts Big Star Veterans Flag Project will collaborate with Chico Veterans Resource Center to identify 12 veterans to paint silk flags, symbolizing their service experience (both female and male from diverse service branches and eras - Korean, Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan) culminating in a public display of the flags. Send this link to the Big Star Veterans Flag Project to a veteran you know!

Cost is FREE to veterans. Call the Chico Veterans Resource Center to sign up at (530) 809-2831 or (530) 228-2860 or fill out the form below.

Local artists Tanya Mead-Mullins and Christine MacShane will lead a weekend workshop in January or February - dates TBA. Fill in the form below if you're interested. There is no cost to veterans and/or their family members. Art is good for the soul. 

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