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Dear Columbia Arts Friends and Supporters,

We are in an exceptionally busy and interesting time at Columbia Center for the Arts, (CCA). As we anticipate a return to almost-normal operations, we are grateful to note that the pandemic did not stop us from finding new ways to reach out to artists, performers and the community-at-large in this past year. And honestly, the unknowns have been nerve-racking.

With safety protocols in place the CCA art gallery has remained open except for two months when the art center was forced to close due to COVID guidelines. There have been monthly exhibitions of beautiful art in the gallery and the newly reinstated tradition of First Friday openings, with limited numbers of people and proper safety protocols.

On the theatre side of things, the TheatreWorks Committee is putting the finishing touches on its upcoming season. The shows will be a blend of some from the past and several new productions to be filmed and then screened online. Our hope to open our doors to live performances is still under consideration. We hope it will be soon. Fortunately, our community has expressed that they are ready for theatre to begin again, even if screened online.

This winter we were able to offer several art classes online and because everyone’s creative juices were overflowing, the sign-ups went fast, and the classes were successful. We are currently planning our summer camps and adult art workshops to be released later this spring. As a non-profit arts center dedicated to empowering lives through the arts, even (or, especially) during a pandemic, we have found our community in need of the arts.

And, the last year has been a significant challenge. We lost two valued employees and, while positions have been filled with talented, exceptional people, the transition has put additional pressure on our staff to maintain these important programs.

At the beginning of March, we celebrated CCA’s 18th year and as we look back at all of the challenges and triumphs over those years, we have you to thank for being there and continuing to support what CCA brings to this community. We are deeply grateful for your support, and we hope you value what we bring to our community and have brought for 18 years.

We are asking you to continue to help us thrive moving forward by making a new contribution today online or with the attached donation envelope or, set up a convenient monthly automatic donation. It’s easy to do online at

Everyone at Columbia Center for the Arts wish to thank you for your trust in us and for your contribution.  We can’t do it without you.  We really can’t.  Thank you so much.


Respectfully yours,




Leith Gaines, Executive Director


And the Board of Directors

Tim Mayer, Dena Gadomski, Anna Cavaleri, Judie Hanel, Ron Cohen, Joe Garoutte, Amirra Malak, Genevieve Scholl Erdman and Ashley Huckaby May

Your donation to CCA benefits arts throughout the Columbia River Gorge and helps our community thrive! You can make a donation from your business, in your own name or the name of someone you love, or explore other ways to support.

If you live in Oregon, you can double your contribution at no cost to you through the Oregon Cultural Trust. (See below for details).

Or mail your check to:

Columbia Center for the Arts
215 Cascade Street
PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031

Special Tax Incentive to Donate to Oregon Arts

oregon-cultural-trust-donate-to-ccaOregon Cultural Trust gives your whole match back
Make a year-end donation to the Columbia Center for the Arts, then make a matching donation to Oregon Cultural Trust, and you get the whole match back.  Click to learn more about Oregon Cultural Trust’s tax incentive for donating to the arts.

Thanks to Everyone Who Has Contributed
Thanks to everyone who has helped, and who continues to help us, create an arts-rich community in the Columbia River Gorge. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Special Thanks to Our Charter Members
Thousands of people have helped Columbia Center for the Arts meet its goal of becoming a destination for the arts. There are too many names to list here. Some supporters however, due to the size of their contribution, deserve special recognition.  Click to see the list of these special donors and join us in thanking them for their outstanding commitment to the arts.

For More Information
If you would like more information about how to make a donation to Columbia Center for the Arts, please contact or call 541-387-8877  x3.

Thank you!

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 12pm-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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