Central Oregon Center for the Arts FAQ

The Task:


Q: Why are we doing this? What will COCA’s success look like?

A: We are doing this because a large, modern facility, with stellar acoustics and access to comfortable facilities for all does not exist in Central Oregon. The COCA board believes that it is high time to build such a facility. The success of the Central Oregon Center for the Arts will be illustrated by the opening of a modern, state-of-the-art performing arts facility designed to serve the diverse cultural needs of Central Oregon through presentation of stage plays, music, dance, the visual arts, education and more. The COCA board is looking for a grand opening in 2029.

Q: How do we know that Central Oregon needs this facility?

A: A study recently conducted by the COCA board of directors and the Arts Consulting Group revealed strong support for the project.

Q: Is COCA a non-profit organization? 

A: Yes! The Central Oregon Center for the Arts was formed as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit in 2019. Contributions are tax-deductible. Tax ID 83-4523995

Q: What sort of programming will it present?

A: Programming will run the gamut from ballet slippers to cowboy boots, with shows and presentations that will be of interest to, and accessible to, all segments of the community.

Q: Will community organizations be able to use COCA’s facilities?

A: One of the primary purposes of COCA is to be available to local arts organizations and to the Central Oregon community in general.

The Facility 


Q: Where will COCA be located?

A: A location has not yet been determined. The COCA board is engaged in discussions with several organizations about partnerships. The results of those discussions could solidify the future location for the center. 

Q: How large will COCA be and what will it contain?

A: According to the results of a recent study, COCA will best serve Central Oregon if it contains, at a minimum, a main auditorium; a “black box” facility; rehearsal and instrument-storage space; and educational/teaching space.

Q: Who will design the COCA facility??

A: Architects and designers have not been selected for the project, but the COCA board is working with a team of architectural and construction specialists to perform preliminary studies. 

Q: What will the center look like?

A: COCA will be knitted into the cultural landscape of Bend and woven into the natural environment unique to Central Oregon, just as the COCA logo reflects the colors common to Central Oregon. COCA’s design will look “at home” in its location. 

Q: How much will it cost?

A: The cost of COCA has not yet been determined.

Q: Who will operate COCA?

A: Plans call for a professional staff that reports to the COCA board of directors to operate the facility.

Q: How will COCA be financed?

A: The construction of COCA will be financed by a combination of grants and fundraising initiatives, plus help from institutional partners. 

How can I get involved?

A: You can get involved by signing up for the COCA newsletter, by following COCA on social media and by considering a donation to help bring COCA to reality.


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