Starting in 2012, The Sierra Fund served as fiscal sponsor for the ART-OnSite/Tribute Trail project, a juried art exhibition of environmental art that premiered in the summer of 2013. The goal of this project was to celebrate the history, culture, and ecology of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City, CA.
ART-OnSite was a program of Nevada County Arts, the local nonprofit dedicated to promoting and sustaining the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County.
In 2012, ART-OnSite was named among 80 projects in the nation to receive a matching Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The project continued the unique collaborative work of Nevada City, Nevada County and several local community organizations whose work resulted in the building of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail that serves the region.
The project featured works from eight international artists and twenty-three installations along the nine-mile Deer Creek Tribute Trail, in Nevada City, CA. Each artist was selected based on proposals that best interpreted the culture, history and ecology of the Deer Creek watershed. The works ranged from hidden cameras capturing the flora and fauna on the trail to sculptures made with natural found materials to an interactive naturalist’s treasure hunt.
“The Sierra Fund was proud to work with Nevada County Arts and ART-OnSite to build the capacity to do creative environmental arts projects that enhance public appreciation of the Tribute Trail,” says Izzy Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund. The Sierra Fund has served as fiscal sponsor and project coordinator of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail project since 2010, including the most recent phase of trail development that was completed in late 2014 and built a suspension bridge over Deer Creek and other interpretive features that honored the indigenous peoples of this area.
Deer Creek Tribute Trail – Another project that TSF serves as fiscal sponsor