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Coronavirus Update from the Columbia Center for the Arts

11.21.2020
Entering the Winter and the New Year 

Although people are still not able to gather in large numbers to celebrate the arts, CCA has been fortunate to continue operating our art gallery safely with monthly exhibits and regular business hours. Under the directives of the Oregon Health Authority our staff is diligent about keeping the center safe for all. Visitors are asked to follow safety measures including mask coverage and sanitation practices allowing CCA to remain a place for you to heal and connect through the arts. In addition CCA is generating more on-line sales opportunities and arts programming to reach our patrons at home. We hope to bring our theatre space out of the dark. Until then watch for engaging virtual performances on our website.

We are living in a challenging world. This is a time when the power of creative expression serves as a welcomed reminder that we all share beauty and hope. We don’t know how this is all going to turn out but we do know that CCA’s mission remains to support local artists and provide visual, performing and educational arts experiences for Gorge residents and visitors. Here’s our focus moving forward:

– our programming must strive for more diversity and inclusion,

– we are committed to generating high-quality relevant arts experiences, and

– in order to thrive we must build partnerships with other cultural organizations.

With all this in mind here’s what we are doing to stay connected to our community:

–           Building an on-line store to support our gallery gift shop and the monthly art exhibits,

–           Training staff to produce compelling video content,

–           Planning an on-line community performance project with our volunteer TheatreWorks Committee

–           Populating our website with artists performances, interviews, free art classes, and live feeds of monthly gallery openings,

–           Collaborating with other organizations including The Dalles Art Center, Arts in Education of the Gorge and Story Gorge to expand gorge-wide arts education programs,

–           Meeting with Hispanic influencers to build cultural connection,

–           Planning 2021/22 BIPOC art exhibitions including an exhibit of work by Lillian Pitt,

–           Developing a video series that examines the creative process in all walks of life.

We are carefully building, and CCA’s amazingly talented staff gives me confidence that we will continue to provide relevant arts experiences that engage and connect our Gorge-wide community.

 

Sincerely,

Leith Gaines
Executive Director

 

 

P.S. None of this would be possible without the generous support of the following foundations. Special thanks to:

 

 Autzen Family Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Hood River Cultural Trust, Kinsman Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program, Juan Young Trust, The Reser Family Foundation, Trust Management, Pacific Corp Foundation and US Bank.

Columbia Center for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue
PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 387-8877
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Center Hours

Tuesday-Sunday , 10am-5pm

Open Christmas eve (12/24) 10am- 2pm

 

 

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