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)

  • From the Heart: Author Drawings by Rick Bartow

    August 3rd, 2018 to October 27th, 2018

    Working in collaboration with the Newport Public Library and the City of Newport, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to premier the exhibition, From the Heart: Author Drawings by Rick Bartow, from August 3 to September 29 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. A First Friday opening reception will be held on August 3, 5-8pm, with Newport Library, City Council and Bartow estate representatives speaking at 6:15pm.

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  • ISEA 27th Annual Juried Exhibition

    September 7th, 2018 to October 28th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to host the International Society of Experimental Artists’ (ISEA) 27th Annual Juried Exhibition from Sept. 7 to Oct. 28 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Exhibition receptions will be held on Friday, September 7, 5-7pm (with exhibition juror Ruth Armitage speaking at 6pm), Saturday, September 22, 4-6:30pm (including an awards presentation and juror talk), and Friday, October 5, 5-7pm.

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  • Visual Effects

    October 5th, 2018 to November 24th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Newport artist Frances Van Wert and her exhibit, “Visual Effects,” running Oct. 4 to Nov. 24 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Van Wert represents Lincoln County and will feature recent collage, assemblage and encaustics works in the COVAS Showcase, which rotates artists from throughout Oregon’s seven coastal counties. A First Friday opening reception will be held on Friday, October 5, 5-7pm, with an artist talk at 6:15pm.

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  • Art Fridays Fall 2018 Session

    October 5th, 2018 to November 30th, 2018

    Eight-week session to focus on “Creating for the Stage;” classes run Oct. 5-Nov. 30 The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to announce that Art Fridays, the popular youth-arts learning program at the Newport Visual Arts Center, returns for another eight-week fall session (October 5-November 30). The Arts Friday program offers hands-on visual arts learning geared toward middle-school students (ages 10-14). Each class is held on a Friday afternoon (3:45-5:45pm) in the VAC’s main classroom. Registration fees are $12 per class or $84 for the eight-week series (scholarships available).

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  • Met Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    October 27th, 2018 to October 27th, 2018

    Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

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  • Dancing with the Coastal Stars 2018

    November 2nd, 2018 to November 2nd, 2018

    Local talent will be on display when “Dancing with the Coastal Stars” brings a diverse mix of dance styles to the PAC stage on Friday, November 2, 2018. Seven local couples have been rehearsing for months to put on a one-night-only show that is sure to entertain. Event ticket includes a pre-show reception with light hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer/wine. Each ticket also comes with one vote to be tabulated as part of the final awards at the end of the competition. Come cheer on these amateur dancers as they put their dancing feet to work for a good cause. All proceeds benefit Samaritan House Family Shelter in Newport.

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  • National Theatre King Lear

    November 9th, 2018 to November 9th, 2018

    Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s "extraordinarily moving portrayal" (Independent) of "King Lear" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production, which received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

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  • Met Opera: Marnie

    November 10th, 2018 to November 10th, 2018

    Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1959, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities.

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  • Met Opera: La Traviata

    December 15th, 2018 to December 15th, 2018

    In his first Live in HD appearance as the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover.

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  • National Theatre The Madness of George III

    December 28th, 2018 to December 28th, 2018

    Multi-award-winning drama "The Madness of George III" will be broadcast live in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

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  • Phillip Kopczynski

    February 15th, 2019 to February 15th, 2019

    Phillip Kopczynski's animated stand up comedy has been seen from Vancouver BC to Orlando Florida. He has been seen in commercials for Goodwill along with the very popular Barats and Beretta YouTube Channel (120M views).

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  • Met Opera: Adriana Lecouvreur

    February 16th, 2019 to February 16th, 2019

    For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great 18th-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio, sung by tenor Piotr Beczała. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea’s tragedy, in a new staging by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater.

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  • Met Opera: Carmen

    February 23rd, 2019 to February 23rd, 2019

    Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine is opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna, who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010.

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  • Met Opera: La Fille du Régiment

    March 2nd, 2019 to March 2nd, 2019

    Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the Met stage. Baritone Maurizio Muraro is Sergeant Sulplice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

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  • Met Opera: Die Walküre

    March 30th, 2019 to March 30th, 2019

    In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, the willful title warrior maiden, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance.

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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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