The non-profit Oregon Coast Council for the Arts deeply appreciates members for operational support of its mission to develop, promote and celebrate community arts. View membership benefits in our brochure, or join OCCA now!

“We belong to OCCA because it gives steady support for the arts in Lincoln County. We love to visit the Visual Arts Center and its rotating exhibits on a regular basis, attend the numerous plays, and attend the Newport Symphony Orchestra. We also appreciate the diversity of programs that OCCA supports and also brings in, like the Met Opera and the Oregon Coast Jazz Party.– John and Melody Lavrakas

We’d like to thank our renewing members in March:

Principal Patron of the Arts: City of Newport

Roger Chickering & Alison Baker • Jay & Nancy Cox • Donald Davis • Jim & Eleta Kennison • Judith McNeil • Red Octopus Theatre Co.

Peter & Patty Benjamin • Eunice Forinash • Brian Gardner & Gretchen Havner • Jim & Terri Harrington • Lincoln City Cultural Center • Mark & Sheri Miranda • James & Marilyn Murdock • Robert & Jerryann Olson • Larry & Mary Parker • Jeff & Jill Pridgeon • Don Riddell • Louis & Denise Ross • Neal & Sandee Staufenbeil • Bob, Aimee & Barbara Sulek • Charles & Joan Thurston • Ron & Val Townsend • Ron & Sandi Williams

Sara Bell & Marshall Pickett • Jim & Sue Douglas • Stormi Dykes & Scott Steenkolk • Michael & Janyce Eastman • Dennis & Rosemary Halsey • David Hesse & Gretchen Nelson • Michael Meagher & Sharon Heisel • George & Sheila Meyer • Melissa Shuping • Pam Simpson & Jim Harshfield • Nancy Steinberg & Thomas Hurst • Jon & Eileen Summers • Mark & Dian Svendsen • Joseph & Christina Swafford • Denise Tarvin • Steve Travis & Jeff Ingram

Corlu Collier • Christine Davidson • Denise Johnson • Michele Redmond • Rose Shaw • Thompson’s Sanitary Service

Michael Gibbons

5 Reasons to Become an OCCA Member

Celebrate The Arts – OCCA presents high-quality arts experiences on the Oregon coast – the Metropolitan Opera and National Theatre London HD seasons, annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party, Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival, and 20+ exhibitions – all at two venues, the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center.

Provide Arts Learning

OCCA offers classes and workshops for students of all ages, including youth summer Theater and Shakespeare camps, Little PAC Players and After School theatre during he school year, visual art classes and Art Fridays, jazz clinics, Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival, opportunities for school performances, rehearsal space, complimentary or reduced tickets and exhibition tours. Instructors are local visual and performing artists, as well as regional and national artists.

Develop the Arts

OCCA manages the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC), both of which are hubs of a vibrant arts community. The PAC is “home” to 10 resident artist teams, including theater and dance companies, choral groups and a symphony, while the VAC is the arts heart of three galleries and Coastal Arts Guild. OCCA leads the PAC capital campaign and the VAC Steering Committee.

Promote The Arts

OCCA is the “go-to source” for arts information on the 363 miles of the Oregon with its new website. E-newsletters, Arts Talk radio show, Facebook, Twitter, illustrate OCCA’s role as a local and regional arts council that provides marketing support for arts organizations, such as Nestucca Valley Artisans, Coos Art Museum, Lincoln City Cultural Center, and more.

Strengthen The Arts

OCCA strengthens the capacity of the arts from Astoria to Brookings through grant-writing assistance, non-profit board training, public art initiatives, technical assistance to Florence Regional Arts Alliance, fiscal sponsorship of the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition, which distributes Oregon Cultural Trust monies to local arts, heritage and humanities projects, to name a few.

Your membership is vital to our mission to develop, promote and celebrate community arts. Won’t you join us? If you have questions about membership, please contact Catherine Rickbone at or 541-574-2652.  Thank you for your support.