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Coronavirus Update from the Columbia Center for the Arts

COVID Update from Columbia Center for the Arts    6.25.2020

Reopening – Caution mixed with Optimistism

Here we are entering our 5th month of a new world of Phase 2 of masks and social distancing and staying home instead of gathering and embracing. In a short time CCA has chosen to pivot to sustain. Our goal is to create arts experiences that reach and support our Gorge community.  We chose to see this challenging time as an opportunity to grow, including taking a stand on the issues we all face from the pandemic to racial inequality.

Much of our work is new, such as transforming live performance content, art classes and arts sales normally shared in our venue to online experiences. We are producing videos that tell our shared stories with our patrons and arts community. We are all in this together. Visiting the center is different now. Due to the latest Covid-19 public spaces restrictions CCA monitors visitor capacity; provides sanitation at the door; upholds 6’ social distancing; we ask all visitors to wear masks and, we are not be serving food or drinks in the space. Our theatre is dark except for random performances by solo artists to be seen as part of our “Spotlight Series” on our YouTube channel. (All accessible from this website.)

None of this would be possible without the generous support of the following foundations that have either provided crisis relief funding or have allowed us to repurpose our funds to stay afloat despite severely curtailed income.

Special thanks to:

Autzen Family Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Hood River Cultural Trust, Kinsman Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program, and US Bank.

Saving the big play for last…July marks our first-ever online fundraising drive, REIMAGINVE CCA – PLAY YOUR PART. For the next 3 weeks we hope to raise $100,000 from individual supporters to ensure CCA’s plans to reopen and thrive. No donation is too small. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Please join us by clicking on the donate button on the homepage.

Have a joyous and safe summer.


Leith Gaines
Executive Director

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 )
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm

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



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