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Updates from Leith Gaines

We Are Asking for Help

Our community is heavily impacted by the COVID-19 virus. We could use your help. We would appreciate if you could make a donation to help us continue to support the artistic community in the Gorge. You can text the code “CCAHR” to the number 44-321 or click below. Thank you for anything you can give.

Click Here to Make a Donation

3/25/20

In this uncertain time I find it difficult to navigate through each day. It’s challenging to stay focused on the task at hand when unprecedented information flood my thoughts. Each morning I wake in a new world wondering what will happen next. Thankfully, CCA has taken recommended precautions by following protocol put in place by our city, state and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), (links below). My staff and I are working safely from home committed to finding solutions for how we can serve our community during this global pandemic. Our long term solution is to continue planning futures art exhibits, events and educational programs. You can rely on us to be ready to go as soon as our doors reopen. I am hopeful our venue will be thriving with arts camps this summer. Until then we will bring you enriching arts experiences on our website.  Today we launch new content on our homepage with pages designed by our staff linking you to online experiences in fine art, music, theatre and performing arts. We will continue to search for and update content that supports our mission tocultivate the arts in the Columbia River Gorge by providing experiences that touch the heart, challenge the intellect, and spark conversation.

Below are links to responses and protocol from our government agencies.

Also, please visit the links to the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts to learn how the arts are being supported on a national level.

Stay healthy and tuned in.

Leith Gaines
Executive Director
Columbia Center for the Arts

3/24/20 – 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 April 10th or 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

Important information for you:

National Details from the CDC

World Health Organization

Oregon Department of Human Services

Hood River Chamber of Commerce has a COVID-19 Resources page here. 

Hood River County EOC (Emergency Operations Center) partnership website for local Hood River residents has a shared public information about COVID response here.

Hood River County Emergency Management
COVID PUBLIC INFO CALL IN LINE (updated daily or as conditions change):
ENGLISH                              541-399-8022
SPANISH                              541-399-8023

SMALL BUSINESS HELP
Hood River is made up of many small businesses that can be particularly hard hit by the COVID restrictions and closures. SBA loans are now available from federal government for local small businesses – EIDL (Economic Injury disaster loans.) The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.

To apply for SBA loans:
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

For business and unemployment resources please visit:
https://www.mcedd.org/ready/

Health restrictions – social distancing
Please see the latest Hood River Public Health Public Service Announcements for the latest health restrictions in the COVID emergency:
https://www.getreadygorge.com/copy-of-medical

Please remember, all of these measures are intended to stem the growth of the virus. We are lucky to be in a remote area with limited access to larger populations.
Our County is following state and federal guidelines for social distancing and urge you to do the same – to help prevent the spread of the virus to our community.

Americans for the Arts Action Fund

National Endowment for the Arts

We Are Asking for Help

Our community is heavily impacted by the COVID-19 virus. We could use your help. We would appreciate if you could make a donation to help us continue to support the artistic community in the Gorge. You can text the code “CCAHR” to the number 44-321 or click below. Thank you for anything you can give.

Click Here to Make a Donation

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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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