Newport Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Center

January 15, 2018
Category: Things to do in Newport, Oregon

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts or OCCA is a nonprofit organization based in Newport, Oregon. It serves as the hub of coastal arts catering to residents and tourists, helping everyone to explore the thriving arts and culture of the region. The OCCA brings together local and nonresident talents, facilitating community performances, cultural events, and educational programs. The OCCA serves as the regional arts council for Clatsop, Lincoln, Tillamook, Curry, Douglas and Lane counties. The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Performing Arts Center and the Visual Arts Center at Newport. You can explore the directory to get more information about coastal arts, regional arts & cultural activities and special events.

Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Center at Newport

Newport Performing Arts Center is located at 777 W Olive Street. The venue is open on weekdays with the exception of holidays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is permitted an hour before the scheduled performance. The Performing Arts Center is the finest venue on the coast of Oregon. Home to PACRAT or Performing Arts Center Resident Artist Team, which is a group formed by the resident companies, the center champions theatre, music, dance and more throughout the year. There are two performance spaces, Studio Theatre and Alice Silverman Theatre. The latter can seat three hundred twenty-eight people and has a proscenium and stage theatre equipped with all technical installations. Studio Theatre is a black box space that can seat as many as eighty guests.

Newport Visual Arts Center promotes amateur and professional artists, both local and beyond the coastal towns & counties. The Visual Arts Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive. The Visual Arts Center was built by the City of Newport, primarily to provide space for public art exhibitions and programs imparting art education. Since 1983, the Visual Arts Center has been the largest such facility for visual art. There are three galleries, a media room, and a classroom gallery. The Runyan Gallery is open from Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It closes an hour early during winter. Upstairs Gallery and Covas Gallery are open from Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m.

While you would be more than likely to attend an event at the Performing Arts Center, the Visual Arts Center is more about exploring the galleries. Have sufficient time at your disposal to explore the William Runyan Gallery spanning over a thousand square foot, the three hundred square foot Upstairs Gallery and the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists’ Showcase gallery. Exhibits at these galleries are open and free to the public. Learn more here:

Stay at Comfort Inn, Newport, Oregon

Comfort Inn is located less than half a mile south of Performing Arts Center. Walk two to three minutes north and you will be at the Visual Arts Center in no time. The Comfort Inn Newport provides budget accommodations in downtown Newport with free WiFi and complimentary breakfast. Reserve your accommodation at Comfort Inn Newport online to get the best rates at c