Columbia Center for the Arts is a non-profit community arts center that offers both art and entertainment — theatrical performances, visual arts, dance, concerts, lectures, film, and more.
Our mission is to cultivate the arts in the Columbia Gorge by providing experiences that touch the heart, challenge the intellect and spark conversation.
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Career Opportunity: We currently have several career opportunities, learn More.
Creativity meets discipline in the studio! We showcase the creative output of six Gallery Artists asked to meet the "Daily Challenge."
Learn more: Art a Day
One of our most prolific artists, Elizabeth See is known for her distinctive brushwork and the personality she gives her subjects, whether flora or fauna.
Learn more: Artists' Nook - Elizabeth See
It’s all things avian in the Gallery, where the upcoming Fine Feathered Friends exhibition during the month of March will feature art and events all related to birds.
Learn more: Fine Feathered Friends
Inspired by the ancient art of Ebru, or "cloud art," this workshop is unique approach to jump-starting one’s imagination, taking participants on their own journeys of creativity, where the product is creative expression—and 8–10 pieces of marbled paper.
Learn More: Ebru "Cloud Art"
All kinds of artists are needed for a great performance, from writers and musicians to visual artists and dancers--and of course, the actors and crew. This camp will give students the opportunity to engage with all forms of art as they bring a favorite book to the stage.
Tuesdays this spring, join Kristina Hinchliff to learn and practice handwork techniques. Whether you're an artist who has never picked up needle and thread, an embroiderer who's never been into an art center, or are simply looking for a creative outlet, this is the workshop for you!
Learn More: Exploring Embroidery
Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas.
Learn More: Qiang Huang
Please join us in the studio Friday mornings, 9-noon, to draw, paint, or sculpt from a live model. We’ll provide the model, easels and tables; you bring your art supplies and enjoy honing your skills. All skill levels are welcome.
Learn More: Life & Portrait Drawing Labs
This oil painting class is designed for novices and experts alike. Cathleen's techniques are meant to meet every artist wherever you are in your painting journey.
CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts are pulling out all the stops this February when they bring The Full Monty to the stage. The Full Monty is a story of a broke and out of work steelworker who finds inspiration after bumping into a male stripper. He and his equally desperate friends decide to give it their all – or rather show it all – to get rich quick.
Columbia Center for the Arts proudly presents an evening of two classic one-acts: Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and James McLure's Laundry & Bourbon.
Columbia High School Drama Club Presents Much Ado Out West. This Western romp is inspired from Shakespeare's hilarious battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
CAST Theater announces auditions for the upcoming summer musical Next to Normal on April 1-2, at 7pm, in the HRVHS Music Room, with director Mark Steighner. Six roles will be cast.
Blackbeard the Pirate is part of Missoula Children's Theatre's unique international touring project and is presented locally by CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts. MCT is a fun and focused, week-long theatre experience. Productions are complete with costumes, scenery and makeup.
Join us on Columbia Art’s 8th annual trip departing on Thursday, July 9th and returning on Sunday, July 12th by coach.
Columbia Center for the Arts proudly presents a very special evening with famous actor, writer, singer, songwriter Ronny Cox.
Gorge Owned (GO!) invites you to learn about the roots of Oregon’s conservation movement from one of its earliest activists.
Presented by Hood River Soroptimist and CCA, this season’s program of eight selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community.
Columbia Center for the Arts presents the Hapa Hilbillies Play Chaplin: four early silent films with live music composed and performed by the Hapa Hillbillies with special guests.
"I Carried A Watermelon": A Dirty Dancing Story, by Portland dance company TriptheDark, is equal parts homage and irreverence: everything you always loved about Dirty Dancing, and everything you didn't know it was missing.
Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue and Columbia Center for the Arts proudly present the Internet Cat Video Festival from the Walker ARt Museum. Doors open at 6pm for activities including a raffle, face painting, cat photo contest, local cat videos, silent auction, and more.
CCA and the Wolf Education and Research Center honor Earth day with a screening of Sawtooth Legacy Films' The Great Wolf Divide, followed by a discussion about wolves in Oregon..
Download the anthology of the 2014 Plein Air Writing Exhibition and become inspired for this August!
Learn more: Plein Air Writing Anthology