Reviving An Old Indigenous Structure For the Arts

Want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money to benefit Yampa Sculpture Path & Studio. We want to restore a historic building in Modoc County, Fort Bidwell, California into an art center. Any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us here.


Putting art at the heart of a community strengthens people’s lives. The impact is about moving beyond what was believed to be impossible. The renovation, of what is referred to on old plot-maps as “the old Indian building”, and would say that our community has taken the first big step to come to terms with our past, establishing a bridge where we can begin to imagine a more vibrant, optimistic future.  This old building is an invitation into a significant history of transition from long ago and as a reminder of that time has brought us together.


The building desperately needs a new roof and floor this year to save it. Much of the detailing is included too in the cost. We got bids for the work and now just need the money for the job.


The Arts facilitate interaction among people nearly forgotten in many rural areas. It plays a fundamental role in the rebuilding process. Most towns in this region of the northwest are underserved communities. There is a great need for community involvement, and I believe, that the renovation of this old building and its support of the arts qualifies.


An art center will not only drive foot traffic, helping the local economy, but will generate new jobs as well. It engages youth, but also has a dual objective of bringing more adults into the picture. Professional artists as mentors and instructors help build confidence and teach skills, as well as practical experience to young people and to seniors. Research shows that people who participate in the arts are more likely to participate in activities beyond the arts, like volunteering and civic engagement. The arts benefit visitors and community members by increasing curiosity, empathy, and awareness resulting in the ability to make connections with people who aren’t like them.


This old building is not just a building. It tells a story. A story that helps us create new friendships. Right now in this increasingly broken world, this old building is an abandoned image of hope that craves to be restored. I believe structures like this one have immense powers to heal, lift our spirits, and restore our dignity facilitating the arts as a vital part for this unique region of the northwest.


Please, donate and help us restore the old building as a cornerstone for the Arts in the high desert region of Surprise Valley, California..


About Yampa Sculpture Path & Studio: Our mission is to combine sculpture with nature to create inviting, captivating and sacred places for people of all ages. YSPS artists will be providing art classes/workshops and art-talks to both children and adults.


Please, donate and see art thrive in our rural community. Thank you. EIN 84-2957751

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Sherburn LaBelle 
Fort Bidwell, CA
Yampa Sculpture Path & Studio 
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