Local arts orgs hold Giving Tuesday fundraisers

Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone, Small Business Saturday is underway, but there’s another day coming next week to help people get into the holiday spirit: Giving Tuesday.

“We’ve got a day just for shopping and discounts, that’s Black Friday. We’ve also got a day where people buy gifts online, that’s Cyber Monday. So, Giving Tuesday is about taking a break from buying, a day to remember that generosity and selflessness are what the season is truly about,” said Niki Price, director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and the Lincoln City Cultural Center are both holding fundraisers to support local causes and organizations. OCCA is asking for direct donations to support critical infrastructure which allows OCCA to provide local and regional arts services, high-caliber arts programming such as the annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party, and above all, arts education for children and adults.

“OCCA programming and support benefits over 85,000 individuals, including over 7,523 youth, 2,777 participating artists and thousands of adults. Your donation to OCCA helps us to serve them. We all thank you,” said OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone.

Donations can be made to OCCA online at coastarts.org/donate or on the OCCA Facebook page, by phone at 541-574-2655 or in person at the OCCA office, which is housed inside the Newport Performing Arts Center: 777 W Olive St.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center will play host to representatives and booths from many Lincoln City organizations during their Generosity Bazaar & Volunteer Fair.

“If you plan to donate to a local charity before the end of the year, we salute you — because you are what makes this community so wonderful. Our Giving Tuesday event will make it even easier to find the joy in service and support,” said Price.

In addition, to providing a one-stop-shop to learn about volunteering or donating to local causes, the cultural center will also be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for the North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District drive, nonperishable food for the Lincoln City Food Pantry and warm clothing for the Lincoln City Warming Shelter. The bazaar and fair is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Lincoln City Cultural Center auditorium: 540 NE Highway 101. To learn more, contact Donna Morris at 503-703-8224.