Del Norte Supes signs joint letter of support for Performing Arts Center; The city council should follow suit | Wild Rivers Outpost


Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Friday, August 26 at 12:10 p.m.

Del Norte Supes signs joint letter of support for Performing Arts Center; The city council should follow suit


Concept art of the proposed performing arts center at Del Norte High School. | Image courtesy of Nick Rail

Nick and Lisa Rail and the Partnership for the Performing Arts received a boost from the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in the form of a joint letter of support.

Councilors in Crescent are expected to officially sign the letter next month, according to District 3 Supervisor Chris Howard.

“What it does is direct energy and staff time to the Performing Arts Center,” Howard told The Rails. “We hope to work with you in the future with this letter which will help direct some synergies that may come into effect as we work on this very important project for our young people.”

The letter from the board is the official backing Howard sought when Nick Rail, who founded a chain of Southern California music stores, pitched the project to supervisors in June.

The facility will accommodate 1,000 people and will be located between the Del Norte High School Music Room and Washington Boulevard. Its price is estimated at 42 million dollars. The doors will open in January 2028, according to Rail, who along with his wife has pledged $1 million for the project.

The Rails have formed the Partnership for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit organization, which will seek state and federal grants and contributions from foundations and private donors. The Performing Arts Partnership entered into a memorandum of understanding last year with the Del Norte Unified School District, which is providing the land for the project.

In the letter, the Board of Supervisors praises the Rails’ passion and generosity to the community, which includes donating new instruments, helping to renovate the Crescent Elk Auditorium, and establishing a program. repairing musical instruments in high school.

“The Del Norte Center for the Performing Arts will be transformative for the arts in education and will also allow Del Norte County to showcase local talent within our own community,” the letter reads. “Also, it could be a travel destination for artists and performing groups from outside the county. Crescent City is a community rich in culture and the arts and is beginning to see those qualities as economic opportunities.”


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