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Coronavirus Update from the Columbia Center for the Arts

Urgent – Coronavirus update from the Columbia Center for the Arts

Together Apart

To all our generous audiences, patrons and artists – CCA is here to serve you during this time of disbelief, confusion and worry. After taking a long breath to accept what is going on around us, I arrive at the belief that we are in a time of opportunity for new awareness and creativity. CCA closed its doors last week out of respect to the general consensus that is it safer for the community not to gather in public spaces. To keep our audiences, artists and staff safe our doors will stay closed until further notice.

CCA is a venue-driven nonprofit organization that survives on ticketed events, art gallery sales, individual donations and grants. As we all know, closing our doors will cause a significant loss in revenue. Our new challenge is how to continue to serve our community. At times of crisis and social isolation the arts play a vital role in reminding all of us that we are an inherently creative species. What we create, whether with words, movement, music, film, paper, paint, metal, clay… all comes from inspiration and a need to express the moment. There is hope in beauty, and beauty surrounds us and is within us at all times. What I love about artists is their willingness to share what they see and feel with all of us. They provide opportunity for communal experience in whatever they create. We need that now more than ever as we worry about a secure future of our families and friends.

That is why CCA is dedicated to carrying out our mission and find ways to uplift and inspire you by providing arts experiences on our website and social media. We are working on content so keep your eyes open. We hope to engage the community by bringing experiences to you and also encouraging you to share with us any work that comes out of you during this time.

We are asking for donations to help us retain our talented staff who work diligently to provide our program content.

We remain together though we are apart. Art mirrors who we are and how we will creatively respond to the impact of the corona virus around the world. CCA will do our best to share with you what the mirror reflects.

May you stay safe and live in gratitude.

Best,

Leith Gaines
Executive Director

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On March 12, 2020, Gov. Kate Brown announced that all gatherings of more than 250 people in Oregon will be canceled for the next four weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 virus. The continued health and safety of our patrons, staff, volunteers, artists, and the general public remains a top priority for Columbia Center for the Arts.

We have made the difficult decision to close CCA effective Saturday, March 14th and suspend all of our public performances and events until further notice. We will be reevaluating dates to re-open in two weeks. This timeline may change, according to guidelines set at the state and national level and we will keep you informed of any updates.

If you have purchased tickets to any of our productions or events, you may exchange your tickets for a future performance or a gift certificate by emailing events@columbiaarts.org. Refunds are also available. Please consider donating you ticket to Columbia Center for the Arts during these trying times.

 

The cancellation of theater performances and events as well as closing the CCA Gallery has direct financial consequences for all theaters and artists, including ours. Making a charitable contribution of your ticket to CCA will support our programs and our mission of cultivating the arts in the Columbia River Gorge by providing experiences that touch the heart, challenge the intellect and spark conversation. While the current situation is challenging for everyone, it is especially important that we ensure we get back to a place of “normalcy” as soon as it is safe to do so, which includes participation in the arts. We cannot do this without your support.

Our leadership team will continue to actively monitor the recommendations from the CDC, and Oregon Health Authority, and will implement best-practices accordingly. We wish you and your loved ones good health and safety and we appreciate you being a part of the CCA community.

TICKETING POLICY

CCA offers 4 options are available to ticket holders of cancelled or postponed events:

1)    Donate price of ticket as charitable giving. Kindly email or leave your mailing address with us, so that we can acknowledge your generosity.

2)    Return tickets for a credit to a future show. We would be happy to exchange your physical tickets, and exchange them for credit towards a future performance at CCA.

3)    If the event is postponed, your ticket is valid for the rescheduled date. You will need to bring your existing ticket into CCA to exchange it as payment for a ticket for the rescheduled event.

4)    You can return tickets for a cash or credit card refund. Please bring proof of purchase (ticket, or payment receipt).”

Many people in the arts will feel impact during this challenging time. Please consider donating your purchased tickets for cancelled events to CCA and we encourage you to donate to your favorite non-profit as it will undoubtedly be financially impacted during this pandemic period. CCA’s Staff is eager to continue cultivating the arts in the Columbia River Gorge by providing experiences that touch the heart, challenge the intellect, and spark conversation.

Columbia Center for the Arts

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

(Labor Day - Memorial Day)
Tuesday-Saturday , 11am-5pm
(Memorial Day - Labor Day )
Monday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

Closed Holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

 

 

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