Phase 6: Lobby Expansion

Lobby EastThanks to the efforts of the capital campaign donors, OCCA board, staff and volunteers, capital campaign committee, and a grant from The Ford Family Foundation, Phase 6 was completed in January of 2017.

The Lobby now features:

  • 612-square-foot expansion to the north
  • Sound and multi-media systems
  • Expanded and upgraded lighting
  • New hard flooring
  • New carpet and paint
  • Increased seating

The OCCA and Capital Campaign Committee thanks The Ford Family Foundation, the Autzen Foundation, the Siletz Tribal Community Fund and individual donors for their support of Phase 6.

Numerous concerts and special performances helped raise the funds for this phase; see details at right.

The expanded lobby has made it possible this year for the Newport Symphony Orchestra to host receptions after each of our concerts. People have remarked on how beautiful the updated lobby is and how much they enjoy the opportunity to visit with our conductor, musicians, and other patrons in this new expanded space. – John Lavrakas, Newport Symphony Orchestra.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 3, 2017 celebrated the completion of the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) lobby and women’s restroom expansion. Ramona Martin provided music as more than 80 guests assembled.

Speakers included OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Board Chair Sandi Williams, Capital Campaign Chair Mark McConnell, architect Dietmar Goebel, Craig Hoffman from Quade Construction, Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel, major donor Bill Barton, and Rep. David Gomberg.

Ribbon Cutting GroupSupporters gathered to celebrate the completion of two more phases in the “Entertain the Future!” capital campaign: the expanded lobby and restroom at the Newport Performing Arts Center. From left are OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone, Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel, OCCA Board Chair Sandi Williams, architect Dietmar Goebel, Capital Campaign Chair Mark McConnell, State Rep. David Gomberg, major donor Bill Barton, and Craig Hoffman of Quade Construction. (Photos by Chris Graamans)

Ribbon Cutting GombergRep. Gomberg spoke about the importance of the PAC not only to Newport and the county but also on the central Oregon coast.  

Major donor Bill Barton engaged the audience with his commentary on culture. Barton recalled Mark, the mailman, delivering a letter addressed to “Culture” and wanting to know where “Culture” lived. Barton suggested delivering it to 777 W. Olive Street, the home of the Newport Performing Arts Center. “If culture were a person, a sentient being, then the Performing Arts Center is culture’s home,” said Barton.

Mark asked if Bill had actually seen or met “Culture.” “Not personally,” said Barton, “but every time I see a performance at the PAC I know culture’s in the audience, living in the hearts of all those in attendance.”

Ribbon Cutting Barton“So why should you donate to improve culture’s home?” asked Barton. “Why not your church or favorite charity? What makes the PAC different? Because it’s a unique cultural oasis where everyone within our community, no matter their age, faith, ethnicity or political persuasion can come to be nourished, edified and replenished. It’s the home where the best of each of us resides.”

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