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OCCA & Newport PAC awarded $150,000 grant to begin theatrical and outside lighting improvements

Newport Performing Arts Center

Newport Performing Arts Center
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Murdock Charitable Trust Lights Up the Alice Silverman Theatre!

Entertain the Future! A Capital Campaign to Enhance and Expand the Newport Performing Arts Center. The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, on behalf of the PAC, has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust. The grant will enable two phases of improvements at the PAC; electronic outdoor signage and modernization of the lighting system inside the Alice Silverman Theatre.

Campaign Chair Mark McConnell stated, “This puts us right on schedule to complete the next two phases of our multi-year project! The lighting system in the Alice is well past its expected life span yet it has served the theatre well for 26 years. Now is the time to transition from obsolete equipment that can no longer be repaired, to modern digital controls and energy saving lighting instruments.”

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Items on the list of equipment to be purchased and installed vary in price from $25.00 for a patch cord, to $1,000 for a spotlight, to $1,400 for an LED full spectrum fixture for the back wall of the stage. In addition to the long list of fixtures, the proposal includes the replacement and modernization of the control and dimming equipment, which will allow for future upgrades.

The Murdock grant will provide $75,000 immediately, with a 1:1 match for the remaining $75,000, equaling $150,000 – to be raised through fundraising and grants. The Capital Campaign Committee has set a local fundraising goal of $26,000.00 to be met over the next three months toward this match. This will primarily be accomplished by asking local patrons of the PAC to “purchase” each new lighting instrument that is needed for the upgrade. In turn, a generous donation from Bill and JoAnne Barton will match each “purchase” dollar for dollar. The doubled donations will then be matched by the Murdock grant, so the value of each donation or “purchase” will be tripled!!

Lighting equipment purchases can be dedicated to a loved one, or in memory of someone special—or your name can be assigned to the list! Donate on line at http://www.coastarts.org (or just click here) or call 541-574-2655, and ask for Polly.

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Entertain the Future! : A Capital Campaign to Enhance and Expand the Newport Performing Arts Center, is a $4.3 million project consisting of a series of sequential initiatives, including: 1) enhancing the Alice Silverman Theatre to improve performance experience; 2) expanding the Studio Theatre to allow for an increased range of performance activities, 3) enhancing audience amenities to allow for simultaneous staging of performances, and 4) expanding storage, practice space, and green rooms to accommodate increased scale and scope of performances.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization, promotes and provides high-caliber arts experiences on the Oregon coast. Located in Newport it manages the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center.

For more information call 541-265-ARTS (2787), visit www.coastarts.org or email OCCA Executive Director, Catherine Rickbone at CRickbone@CoastArts.org.

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