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A Brief History of the Sutter Performing Arts Association

FEIN: 20-4106861, Ca State Corp. #2712372  501(c) (3) non-profit effective date 12/28/04

The Sutter Performing Arts Association (SPAA) is a public effort that began with two local businesspersons stepping up to save a central downtown Yuba City historical building “The Sutter Theater”. Entrepreneurs Russ Clark and John Tuscano had a vision -- to turn the structure into a community asset: A performing arts and community center.

The two men invited the community to participate in an open meeting in order to share their vision and were surprised to find more than 100 citizens showed up and embraced the idea.

An active list of volunteers came out of that meeting. A corporation and planning for the renovation of the building began.

The plan will provide a state of the art building that provides a setting for a rich array of culturally diverse performing arts programming for the region. This is an investment in eclectic Plumas Street, as it will bring event participators to the downtown area for shopping and eating.

And better yet, the performing arts community center has developed alliances with all local performing arts schools and theater companies in the area. They will be able to use the theater for teaching and performances that do not fit their venues.

A grant from the City of Yuba City provided funding for our initial studies which included: feasibility, engineering, theatrical, ADA, seismographic and more and show that our goal is viable. Fundraising efforts have sustained the Corporation for the past five years while our infrastructure has been established, our “road map” toward our goal was drawn and community alliances have been cultivated to make this project a reality.

The initial phase of getting the organizational structure functioning, acquiring our 501c3 non-profit status, and providing fund raising to cover loan costs has been successful.

SPAA is ready to begin the second phase of the strategic plan, which will allow for the exterior renovations and essential interior repairs to open a small retail/office space. These renovations will allow SPAA to advertise and promote events utilizing the marquee, establish a vehicle for community awareness and detail progress.


Want to help?

Please visit our donation page! Every little bit helps, and we accept donations in any amount.


Spring Fling Concert  -

The Yuba Sutter Symphony will present their Spring Pops Concert on Saturday, April 26 at 4:00pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.  All proceeds will benefit the Sutter Performing Arts Assn.! Visit our Events page for more info.


In the Theater Gallery -

Our April exhibit will feature the paintings of Dorothy Champion and the fused glass art of Jan Frink. Jon us for the Artists' Reception on April 3rd from 6-8pm.  Visit our Theater Gallery page for more info.

We need volunteers to staff the Gallery. If you can help a few hours a month email us at  


Excuse our dust! -

We are making exciting progress on our Black Box Theater. Check back for an update later this month!


Thank you to for hosting our site since its inception!