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Partnership For The
Performing Arts

"Students first, community second, and visiting performers third."

Our future is only as bright as the educational opportunities we provide for our youth and our community is only as strong as the resources available to every resident equally.

About Us

Partnership for the Performing Arts (PPA) began through the vision of a group of Crescent City High School alumni and teachers, who recognize the need to strengthen the future vitality of their community by investing in educational opportunities, building shared community resources, celebrating the region’s unique cultural heritage and environmental splendor, and establishing a regional hub for civic and educational gatherings.


We recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of the Wild Rivers region. At the same time, we’re working to offset the geographic challenges that can make it harder to come together in this beautiful and remote region. 


As we’ve shared our vision, we’ve learned that there are countless ways we can strengthen our community. We’ve already developed a close alliance between the Del Norte and Curry County School Districts to maximize the impact of our education programs with great efficiency. We’re supporting the region’s vibrant nonprofit community by cross-promoting and serving as a hub for activities. And, we’re reaching out to the area’s business owners to find out how we can best partner with them.

Our Values

  • We lead with opportunity for our youth.

  • We believe in equal access to the arts.

  • We listen, and our door is always open.

Our Vision

Transformation of an underserved community through improved access to the arts, creativity, education, safety, and excellence.

  • The Center will provide students with an invaluable educational experience and give them equal access to resources most others take for granted.

  • Local and regional businesses will benefit from the increased economic activity that comes with attendance at performances, community gatherings, conferences, and special events.

  • An incredibly diverse local and regional community will have a venue in which to showcase its talents and celebrate its cultural richness.

  • Area residents will experience an ongoing range of professional performing artists they currently must travel hundreds of miles to see.

  • A community regularly exposed to the threat of tsunamis will have a much-needed emergency evacuation center inside the city limits, outside the tsunami zone, and located on the high school campus, which includes a cafeteria.

  • A community that has struggled for decades in the face of economic decline and loss of identity will rise with new pride as a hub for the arts, creativity, education, safety, and excellence.

Building the Del Norte Center for the Performing Arts

PPA is undertaking what will be a transformative project for the whole of Del Norte County: the development of a 1,000-seat multi-purpose performing arts venue on the campus of Del Norte High School.

The desire for Crescent City and Del Norte County to have a large, high-quality performance venue and gathering space, especially one to support the school district, has existed for several generations. In discussions with DNHS alumni and friends, it is frequently heard that this is a project that should have been done many years ago.

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This performance begins with you!

The Campaign to build the Del Norte Center for the Performing Arts is a grand and transformative project. It is going to take everyone who cares deeply about the arts, arts education, and equal opportunities for rural communities to join hands. 


This is a whole-of-community project that will take a whole-of-community effort. Whether you’re a former Del Norte High School student who remembers performing in the gymnasium, a parent or friend who believes our students should have the same resources as every high school, or a passionate performing arts fan who wishes to see more local offerings, we ask you to join us. 


The Center will offer wonderful opportunities to honor teachers, mentors, loved ones and colleagues through gifts of support. You can make a gift right now by clicking the “Donate” button, or contacting us to discuss other options. If you are a Del Norte alum, please consider reaching out to your classmates and encouraging them to participate in the campaign too.


If each person who cares does their part, a new venue will rise just like a great performance. The applause will last for generations.

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