Regional Arts

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) serves as the Regional Arts Council for the 363 miles of the Oregon Coast from Astoria in the north to Brookings Harbor in the south, encompassing Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Coos and Curry counties and the coastal towns in Lane and Douglas counties.

Through advocacy, the regional arts council helps build support for a strong arts and culture community. OCCA also provides other services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, capacity building, and a variety of printed and electronic resources.

OCCA is the region's leading nonprofit organization for promoting and developing community arts. With 35 years of service experience, OCCA is dedicated to serving the region's arts, heritage and humanities organizations, as well as artists and attractions. OCCA receives funds, in part from the Oregon Arts Commission, to accomplish these services.

Learn more about OCCA's role, find resources for arts organizations, and explore the OCCA's arts partner profiles in this area of the website.


The "Learn by Doing" series was created by OCCA to emphasize experiential learning and to remove the ideas that grant writing is "too complicated," or that beginning grant writers don't have the skills needed to be successful.

The series is offered to arts, heritage and humanities nonprofit organizations along the coast, hosted by OCCA with generous financial support from the Ford Family Foundation as a way of building the capacity for grant writing for arts and culture groups.

Learn by Doing

The series helps participants plan, write and successfully attain grant funding from local and regional funding sources. They will actively work on different elements of grant proposals. 

Participants meet with funders and hear about available grant programs. There are also opportunities for review of grant work that is completed by participants during the course of the series.

Arts, heritage and humanities organizations are encouraged to bring more than one board member, staff or volunteer from each organization. Participants bring proposals that their organization is currently working on and ideas for proposals that they'd like to start. 

Sessions include: Positioning Your Organization to be Grant Smart, Project Planning Tools and Practice, Grant Guidelines, Budgeting and Project Evaluation, Grant Review and Organizational Site Visits.

The workshop sessions are facilitated by Meredith Howell, a grant writer and nonprofit consultant.

The actual outcomes for the project and the success measurement of those outcomes are:

  • Increase capacity of coastal nonprofits to secure local, regional and statewide grants for their charitable work.  
  • Increase grant-writing skills of participants.
  • Show a direct increase in the amount of funding secured by participating organizations.


From time to time the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts provides educational and practical tools to assist arts, heritage and humanitites organizations, artists.

Grant-Writing Success

Download the PDF files below.

Oregon Coast Cultural Alliance

The Oregon Coast Cultural Alliance is a seven-county cooperative arts and culture advocacy network promoting the arts, heritage, humanities and all the professional people, organizations and venues working in these arena. 

The Alliance is facilitated by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and has been active since 2000. It exists to bring the arts and culture into the lives of all citizens and visitors of the Oregon coast.  

Our goals are:

  • to promote arts and culture as positive and necessary components of life,
  • to support and assist cultural professionals and organizations,
  • to be a clearing house for marketing our arts and culture to the world.

The Alliance holds Quarterly Gatherings in different towns along the coast. These gatherings are open to all and are of particular interest to cultural groups, arts specialists and professionals, cultural coalition members, and nonprofit boards of directors.

Topics are typically around grants, fundraising, foundation programs, advocacy and other organizational development issues. Legal and management specialists often address our attendees as well as representatives from state agencies. 

Oregon Coast Cultural Alliance Newsletters

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Advocacy for the arts comes in many forms. It can be as official as going to your state capital and meeting with your legislators or speaking up and supporting the arts in your community. The important thing is that we all be advocates in whatever way we choose. 

Advocacy helps funding sources appear and increase. Volunteer effort rises. Decision makers are educated and better informed to make a positive impact. The ripple effect of advocacy is huge. It is an expression of the values of a society and in turn affects that society. 

OCCA as your regional arts council advocates for arts and coastal arts on a regular basis in the following manner:

Cultural Partners 

Astor Street Opry Company

ASOC's mission is to strengthen their community through cultural enrichment while supporting regional economic growth. Read more...

Bay Area Artists Association

The Bay Area Artists' Association strives to support member artists by providing opportunities to interact with other artists, exhibit work and through educational programs. Read more...

Cannon Beach Arts Association

Cannon Beach Arts Association (CBAA) supports, funds and enhances the arts and artists in the Cannon Beach community through education, events and exhibits. Read more...

Coos Art Museum

Oregon's third oldest art museum is housed in the historic art deco former US Post Office in downtown Coos Bay. Read more...

Ellensburg Theater Co.

Based in Gold Beach, ETC is committed to bring Oregon's south coast alive with classic and experimental comedy and drama. Read more...

Florence Events Center

The Florence Events Center is a 21,000 square foot facility that annually hosts events ranging from ballet to blues and everything in between. Read more...

Friends of South Slough Preserve

South Slough is the first of the 27 National Estuarine Research Reserves created under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. Read more...

Latimer Quilt & Textile Center

Located in Tillamook, the center offers exhibits, demonstrations, and instruction, a research library, textile repository, and gift shop. Read more...

Lincoln City Cultural Center

Since 1929, historic DeLake School has been a center for education for the children of Lincoln City. LCCC continues this tradition for ALL ages, offering classes in art, dance, music, literature, and theater. Read more...

Nestucca Valley Artisans

A collective of artists and artisans including painters, weavers, wood carvers, printmakers, potters, and glass workers, NVA hosts an annual festival to exhibit work and raise funds for community art activities. Read more...

Oregon Coast Children's Theatre

OCCT trains students in the study of the fine and performing arts, theatre, film, music, media arts, design, circus, dance, writing, traditional and folk arts like puppetry. Read more...

Oregon Coast Music Association

OCMA is one of OCCA's oldest longstanding coastal members, with a mission to involve, enrich and inspire the community by providing quality classical music and creative musical experiences. Read more...

Port Orford Arts Council

The Port Orford Arts Council seeks to encourage the arts in our community by providing artists with showcase venues and professional workshops.

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

Founded in 1970, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology fosters creative inquiry and education. Read more...

Theatre West

First formed in Lincoln City in 1975, the non-profit theater group became incorporated in 1979 and acquired its permanent space in 1989. Read more...

Tillamook County Arts Network

The TCAN Directory serves the "creative" community of Tillamook County and those wishing to know more who creates here and how to experience it all. Read more...

Trail's End Art Association

TEAA of Gearhart is the longest active art association on the north Oregon coast, and provides an active array of classes and workshops, gallery member shows and special events. Read more...

Yaquina Art Association

The Yaquina Art Association (YAA) is a community based non-profit art organization whose primary purpose is to provide art education and promote appreciation of the arts. Read more...

Yaquina River Museum of Art

YRMA's mission is to preserve and promote an appreciation of the expressions of artists who have drawn their inspiration from the land and people of the Yaquina River watershed, and to honor their patrons. Read more...