Central Oregon Center for the Arts FAQ

Q: Where will it be located?

A: COCA’s location has not yet been determined. The COCA board is engaged in discussions with several organizations about partnerships that could answer this question. 

Q: How large will it 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, the following: A main auditorium with from 1,200 to 1,500 seats; a “black box” facility with room for up to 200 people; rehearsal and instrument-storage space; educational/teaching space.

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, it is. COCA was formed as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit in 2019. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Q: Who will design the COCA facility??

A: Architects and designers have not been selected.

Q:  What will it look like?

A: The intent is that COCA will reflect Central Oregon’s style and design ethic.

Q: How much will it cost?

A: Not yet determined

Q: What sort of programming will it present?

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

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. 

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

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

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