I’ve got a heartwarming, Annual Campaign story to tell you. Last week, I took a longtime donor on a tour of the Lincoln City Cultural Center. She had not been to the center in several years, so she found a pleasant surprise around every corner.

The tour

In the Elizabethan Room, she saw the new cabinets and makeup mirrors, and she said “Wow!” The renovations, paint and a new handicapped lift in the Info Center? “Oooh,” she gushed. “This is nice!” Then we walked into the commercial kitchen downstairs, still sparkling and sanitary, with the aroma of pie in the air. “How wonderful!” she said.

“Just this year, we’ve had the world premiere of an original opera, an artist studio tour and the launch of a Celtic music series,” I said. Then I told her about our new lease with the City of Lincoln City, which extends to 50 years and offers help with our biggest facility challenges. She looked incredulous.

“Really!” I assured her. “We signed that great new lease in August.” She said it again. “Wow.”

The wow factor

How did we get to “wow”? Our donors. All our supporters who use and love and believe in the Lincoln City Cultural Center. You sent your checks, and together we brought this place to where it is today. It’s as simple as that. I have just one request: Please don’t stop now.

Don’t think that the job is done, that we’re finished making Lincoln City a more creative and fulfilling place to live. We’ve only just begun, but we won’t make any more progress without you.

It’s time for the Cultural Center’s Annual Campaign, and Lincoln City - I’m asking for your help. To make our budget for programs and maintenance in 2019, our nonprofit organization needs to raise $40,000 by December 31.

Through the early donations of the Cultivators Club, we’ve already raised $14,500 (35 percent of that goal). These local leaders are helping to fund great programs like:

• A March visit from Milagro Theatre Company and the new bilingual play “¡Corre! Corre!” which will be seen by every fourth, fifth and sixth grader in Lincoln City

• Source 2,” an exhibit of works about water health by Sandy Roumagoux and Liisa Rakohnen, in the Chessman Gallery in August. The two artists will also host guest speakers on related topics in the auditorium.

• Co-productions with other nonprofit arts organizations, like Theatre West, Central Coast Chorale, Lincoln Pops Orchestra, Westwind Stewardship Group, Siletz Bay Music Festival and St. James Santiago School.

In 2019, we’re planning some fascinating, free Conversation Project events with Oregon Humanities. You’ll be able to see Oscar-nominated short films, presented by the award-winning Bijou Theatre. The list goes on – all thanks to Annual Campaign donors like you.

The rest of the story

But, one-time events are just part of our story Thanks to the infrastructure and equipment investments made by our donors, the Cultural Center has become a place where the community comes to create, every day of the year. We’ve got dedicated spaces for ceramics, textiles, yoga and dance, plus studios currently rented by artists working in mosaic, watercolor and art therapy.

Did you know that the Cultural Center is home to at least 28 classes in art, craft and movement – every week? Wow, right?

Thanks to you, and all the folks who have contributed to the LCCC in the past 12 years, we have created a place where creativity can flourish And you’re not finished – not by a long shot.

The Board of Directors has created a new master plan for expansive renovations to the 2.5 acres around the Cultural Center. Armed with grants from the Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Cultural Trust, we are headed toward the design and engineering phase that we hope will be completed in 2019. Our vision is a Lincoln City Cultural Plaza that will make everyone who drives by say: “What’s that?” and … you guessed it … “wow”.

Thanks for reading to the end. There are so many good things happening at the Cultural Center, it’s hard to know when to stop. But you know that: you made it all possible.

Why stop now? Bring the wow -- give to the LCCC’s Annual Campaign.

Donations to the LCCC’s Annual Campaign can be made in person at the center, 540 NE Highway 101, or via the website, lincolncityculturalcenter.org.

For more information, or to receive a packet in the mail, call Niki at 541-994-9994.

Niki Price is the executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural center. She may be reached at 541-994-9994.

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