Since 1981, The Modoc County Arts Council has supported the development of artists and programs that inspire and bring the gift of art to every person in Modoc County.  Through the arts we can connect with each other and find common ground; our children can learn to solve problems and think creatively; new people and cultures can be appreciated; we can share our culture with others.  Please join us in supporting the arts in Modoc County!

See below for some of the programs we are funding with the help of local supporters and the California Arts Council.


Out Loud

The Modoc County Arts Council has created a program called the Modoc Community Concert Series to bring quality music performances to the area. Some of the concerts are free to patrons and others are low cost.  We have produced two concerts at the Fort Bidwell Town Hall over the summer of 2022 -- Cruz Contreras (formally of the Black Lillies) and Huckelberry Road.  Our next concert is at the Niles Theater in Alturas, California, and will feature Uptown Brass, the brass section of the Susanville Symphony, doing their program "Bach to Rock". The performance will be held on Thursday November 17th, 2022 at 6:00 PM at the Niles Theater. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at the time of the show -- $7 for adults; $5 for under 16 / over 55.  This is not to be missed! Take the whole family!

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present the Poetry Out Loud (POL): National Recitation Contest, in partnership with The California Arts Council and The Modoc County Arts Council.

Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. 

Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful program for teachers and students and is very valuable for confidence, poise, and appreciation of the arts. To read more about the program check out their website 

 -- students start picking out poems from the online anthology and memorizing two or three of them in the fall of the school year. Please tell your teachers that you would like POL to be part of the class curriculum!

--High School Teachers:  For information on Poetry Out Loud, and for preparing for the 2022-2023 season,  please see the POL website and email Michelle Ray, MCAC Executive Director. or call 530-233-2870.

​We pay coaches, and award $ to winners!

Go here! POL website: 


Missoula Children's Theatre

Big News! The Modoc County Arts Council has taken over the running of KILN LP 99.1 FM  from the Art Center. Expect big changes and more community content in the coming months. This is Modoc's local community radio station and recording studio! Supported through donations and funding from a grant administered by the Modoc County Arts Council. 

Check out The KILN

Individuals can donate here and also businesses, but please include a memo stating MCCS program

The Modoc County Arts Council

Call Us: +1.5302332870

The Modoc County Arts Council...

2022 Poetry Out Loud Winners!

KILN LP 99.1 FM  Community Radio


With the cooperation of local businesses, the Modoc County Arts Council has funded the creation and maintenance of beautiful murals in Alturas and several other towns in Modoc County.

Missoula Children's Theatre!

Here is what it's all about...

Murals Project

​​Modoc County Arts Council in Alturas, CA

Your tax-deductible donation will be used by the Modoc County Arts Council to fund programs that bring the arts to every person in Modoc County.  Simply click on the yellow Donate button below.

Art  Classes and Teaching Opportunities

Winner of 2022 Modoc High School Poetry Out Loud Contest and 2nd place winner of the Modoc County 2022 Poetry Out Loud Contest:  Priscilla Perez !

2023!    Auditions for the 2023 Missoula Children's Theater will be held Monday, February 13th, 3:30PM at the Niles Theater in Alturas. The  performances  will be held Saturday February 18th, at 1:00 PM and at 4:00 PM at the Niles Theater in Alturas, California. Please check back  in the late fall  for the audition letter -- practice times and more information.

Tickets will be sold in the box office at the time of the show.  

Involvement in the arts... 

grows your soul.

 The Modoc County Arts Council is working to expand your art experiences in Modoc County. 
In partnership with the Alturas Art Center, The Modoc County Arts Council is providing funding to compensate Art Instructors who teach a minimum of eight sessions of an art class to a minimum of five students . Classes are typically 8 weeks long. For more information, if you want to teach a class or be a student, please go to The Art Center -- Alturas Facebook Page (Link below) or call 530-233-2574, or email 
The Modoc County Arts Council is proud to announce Poetry Out Loud ! 

Winner of 2022 Modoc County Poetry Out Loud Contest:  Gracie Cockrell of Surprise Valley High School! 

Modoc Community Concert Series

Do you have an idea, suggestion, opinion??? We would love to hear from you! 

The Missoula Children's Theatre is a yearly tradition in Modoc County made possible by funding from the California Arts Council and local sponsorship as well as donations. It is an event Modocers look forward to every year,  and for years to come.

High School Finalists from the Surprise Valley HIgh School Contest:

From left to right: Gracie Cockrell 1st, Brennan Martinez 3rd, Allexis Hill 2nd, Heather Borewell Teacher, Evaya Fernandez 4th.

2022 Update!
​We are partnering with the USFS Modoc National Forest to paint a wild horse mural on a building in Alturas.

Our existing murals are due for maintenance as well.

Businesses who would like to sponsor shows will be mentioned in all advertising and programs, press releases.  The suggested sponsor donation is $250 or higher.  Funds are used to pay the bands and sound engineers, and for an equipment fund for future concerts. (Tax Deductible too!)

Send check to:

Modoc County Arts Council

P.O. Box 820

Alturas, CA  96101

Write MCCS Donation and the concert name in the memo section of the check please.