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The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

(NCSCC, or known to locals as simply “The Schoolhouse”) is a non-profit organization. Memberships, donations and sponsorships constitute a good portion of the income necessary to keep the Schoolhouse open and available to the community. The NCSCC welcomes new members and encourages the continued support of its current members and business sponsors. We thank all of you for so generously giving of your time, materials and money in helping further the growth of the Cultural Center.

The Schoolhouse has been recognized as a model rural arts organization and presenter of folk, traditional and contemporary art through grants from the California Arts Council, Cal Humanities, Poets & Writers, the Nevada County Arts Council, the L.J. and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, the S.H. Cowell Foundation, the Rose Leo Memorial Philanthropic Fund, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Innovative programming at the Schoolhouse has drawn attention from audiences and artists far beyond the San Juan Ridge.

With one part-time employee, the Schoolhouse depends on volunteer labor. We welcome help with events, mailings, baking, maintenance and workdays, office tasks, and many other jobs.


If you want to volunteer in trade for tickets for the Sierra Storytelling Festival, it’s easy. You can call Cathy Balan, our fabulous volunteer coordinator, and she will give you a 1-4 hour task in trade for one free admission to a session (i.e. if you work Friday Night selling drinks you can come for free for Saturday Day) .  Cathy’s cell is (530) 434-3309, or email the Schoolhouse at [email protected]

Volunteering is a great opportunity to get involved in the community and meet new friends and neighbors. It’s really a lot of fun!