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Community Input Welcomed for Central Oregon Center for the Arts

A group of Central Oregon residents continues to explore the idea of building a Central Oregon Center for the Arts (COCA). Jon Thompson, COCA Communications Chair, says the idea has been on the burner for several years but plans were interrupted by the Covid-19 crisis. Thomson says the group has since forged ahead with their vision, forming a “discovery study” to determine the feasibility of a Center for the Arts. Last fall, a firm was hired to oversee the study and get the community’s response to the idea and narrow down logistics like location, building size, goals, and how best to serve the community. The COCA board will hold a series of community town halls to establish answers to these questions. The community and members of the business and arts communities are invited to attend the meetings on May 3rd, 4th and 5th at COCC’s COATS Campus Center from 4 - 5:30 p.m. The meetings will be moderated by the Arts Consulting Group, the company hired to perform the discovery studyThe Arts Consulting Group has developed an online community engagement survey to gather feedback and ideas.  Click here to participate in the survey. The survey deadline is May 8. Attendance is free, but registration is required. To register for the event, please visit: www.cocarts.org. For additional information, contact Jon Thompson, COCA communications chair, at info@cocarts.org. or at (818)207-1026




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