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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Whether the program you are involved with caters to hungry children, disabled adults or provides artistic outlets for youth and community members, the outcomes have measurable social results. The above book is a great resource about the passion of nonprofits and the vital role they play in society.


To quote the authors:



"The role of the social entrepreneur can be understood through these examples. Social entrepreneurs initiate and lead change processes that are self-correcting, growth-oriented, and impact-focused. They create new configurations of people and coordinate their efforts to attack problems more successfully than before. It's a complex role that involves a great deal of listening, recruiting, and persuading. It takes a curious combination of sensitivity and bullheadedness, humility and audacity, and restlessness and patience to lead a change process in the face of indifference, habit, fear, resource constraints, vested interest, and institutional defenses."


Despite the widespread presence of nonprofits, local residents often do not realize the significant role nonprofits play in their communities. They may recognize the local homeless shelter, nature center, or food shelf as a nonprofit organization, but may not be aware that nonprofits also operate theaters, community health care clinics, choirs for children, employment training programs, child care centers, nursing homes, after school programs, and many other services, programs and low-cost entertainment options. Local nonprofits have seen  reduced budgets, program cuts, and loss of employees. 

~ Before these precious gems disappear, we need to consider banding together - the loss of one nonprofit or community program is the chipping away at the core of this sector ...

Nonprofits rely on a variety of funding sources to sustain their activities, including individual donations, foundation, corporate support, fund-raising activities, membership dues and fees for their services.  Government grants and contracts can be a major source of financial support for many nonprofit organizations. 

The nonprofit sector, however, is now witnessing what appears to be government's retreat from its role in the partnership to provide programs and services throughout the city, county, state and nation due to general fund and structural deficit constraints.  Considering the significant financial role government has historically played, it is not possible for the other sources of revenue - such as individuals and foundations - to fill in the gap, particularly with the current economy.

Stay tuned here for more information.