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Coronavirus Update from the Columbia Center for the Arts

Spring 2021 Update

With the new era of vaccines, and hopefully herd immunity, we are asking ourselves how will we gather to celebrate the arts in this next year? In the past year 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 programming to reach our patrons at home.

So, when do we bring invite real live humans back into the space to enjoy a live performance in the theatre and take an art class in our studio? Soon, we hope. Summer camps in smaller numbers is the first step, outdoor when possible. Reinstating First Friday receptions has proven doable. Controlled number of visitors seem happy to commune around art safely. It’s a start. We continue to be challenged by the discomfort that comes with unsolicited change. As we have seen throughout the last year the arts have stepped up and provided inspiration, comfort, hope and beauty for all of us isolating in place. We still 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. Our focus remains the same:

– 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:

– curating gallery gift shop and the monthly art exhibits,

– producing compelling video content,

– Our volunteer Theatre Works Committee is planning a new theatre season online and hopefully live later in the year,

– Populating our website with artists performances, interviews, free art classes,

– 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 more BIPOC and LGBTQ inclusion in our ongoing art exhibitions, and more…

Big shout out to CCA’s talented and hard-working staff committed to delivering relevant arts experiences that engage and connect our Gorge-wide community. We are here to stay with resilience and passion for our community arts center. Hope to see you in person soon!


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-Saturday, 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
(Closed during installations
each month the Sunday-Tuesday
before First Friday.)

We are committed to proper
COVID precautions. We require
everyone visiting the gallery to
wear a mask and observe
social distancing procedures.
We look forward to seeing you.

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