Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA)

Contact Info:

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts
P.O. Box 1315
Newport, OR 97365

541-265-ARTS (2787) 

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Ticket Information:

Tickets are available from the Newport Performing Arts Center box office, located at 777 W. Olive Street in Newport. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) and one hour prior to performance times. 

Presenter Description:

What is OCCA?

Celebrating 35 years, the non-profit Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is based in the thriving central Oregon coast town of Newport.

OCCA's Mission

  • OCCA is the hub of arts opportunities as the "go-to" source for information on Oregon coast arts and culture, connecting residents and visitors to all arts activities in an easy accessible manner.
  • OCCA offers exceptional variety by providing access to an immense range of artistic experiences - there really is "something for everyone."
  • OCCA provides world-class arts experiences by bringing to our local community performances, educational opportunities and cultural events, highlighting local treasures and providing access to world-renowned artists.
  • OCCA strengthens the arts by ensuring that the Oregon coast has a rich and vibrant arts community through the support and promotion of arts and cultural organizations and individual artists.
  • OCCA nurtures the artist in everyone by providing a range of educational opportunities for professional and amateur artists alike - so that they can cultivate their creative spirits.

OCCA's Role as Regional Arts Council

OCCA serves as regional arts council for coastal Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Coos and Curry counties, as well as the coastal towns of Lane and Douglas counties. What does this mean?

OCCA's Facility Management

OCCA manages the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center.


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Upcoming Events in Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA)

  • After-School Theatre Classes

    January 17th, 2019 to June 13rd, 2019

    Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, in partnership with Jennifer Hamilton, offers after school theatre classes for kids in grades 2 through 4. Classes are held 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Newport Performing Arts Center, and will culminate in a Share Day for friends and family. Spring session begins January 17; class size is limited.

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  • 2019 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival Instructors' Show

    March 22nd, 2019 to April 27th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival’s Instructors’ Show from March 22 to April 27 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The award-winning festival instructors’ will be exhibiting work in the mediums of book arts, collage, paper arts, mixed media, assemblage and box artists. Receptions for the Instructors’ Show will be held on Friday, April 5, 5-7pm, with local instructors talking about their work at 6pm, and on Friday, April 26, 5-7pm, with all instructors on hand to discuss their work.

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  • Meditations on Canvas: Oil Paintings by Dennis Hartley

    April 5th, 2019 to May 26th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Meditations on Canvas,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Washington-based artist Dennis Hartley, from April 5 to May 26 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibit will include painting from the artist’s current and ongoing series, “Fractures” and “Meditations.” A Frist Friday opening reception will be held on April 5, 5-7pm, with an artist talk at 6pm.

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  • Astoria Regatta: Found-Object Works by Wenda Vorce

    April 5th, 2019 to May 25th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Clatsop County artist Wenda Vorce for an exhibition of her found-object works, “Astoria Regatta,” from April 5 to May 25 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Vorce speak about her work during the April 5 opening reception at 6:30 p.m.

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  • Artist Talks: 2019 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival

    April 26th, 2019 to April 28th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents two artist talks as part of the 24th Annual Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). Both events are free and open to the public, and will be held in the VAC’s Runyan Gallery. Award-winning festival instructors Alicia Bailey and Margo Klass will discuss their current projects and artistic focus areas. Bailey will speak on April 25 at 6:30pm, and Klass will speak on April 27 at 5:30pm.

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  • Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche

    April 28th, 2019 to April 28th, 2019

    Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche, recounts the start of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890's for art, literature and music, in which new ideas are circulated, Freud discovers the drives of the psyche, and women begin to claim their independence. 

At the heart of Secession were artists Gustav Klimt and his protégé and dear friend Egon Schiele.

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  • Art Fridays: Spring 2019: Nye Beach Banners

    May 3rd, 2019 to May 17th, 2019

    In this three-part class, students create banners that become works of public art throughout the historic Nye Beach neighborhood (spring through fall). Students consider themes related to the ocean and Nye Beach, design a two-sided banner (incorporating text) and then execute the artwork on a canvas banner using acrylic paint, pencils and other markers. Students are required to take all three classes. Class presented in collaboration with the Nye Beach Banner Project and the Nye Beach Merchants Association.

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  • Met Opera: Dialogues des Carmélites

    May 11st, 2019 to May 11st, 2019

    The Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.

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  • Water Lilies of Monet

    June 16th, 2019 to June 16th, 2019

    Voyage through the masterpieces and obsessions of the genius and founder of Impressionism, Claude Monet, in "Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light" at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16. An art-world disruptor at the turn of the 20th century whose obsession with capturing light and water broke all convention, Monet revolutionized Modern Art with his timeless masterpieces.

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  • Little PAC Players Summer Theater Camp

    July 29th, 2019 to August 2nd, 2019

    Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, in partnership with instructor Jennifer Hamilton, offers The Little PAC Players theater classes for five- to seven-year-old students from 9:30 a.m. to noon July 29 through Aug. 2.

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