The Oregon Coast Children's Theatre and Center for the Arts in Toledo is currently in its 29th year and has already begun state-wide touring of its educational art programs for this year.
In Lincoln County, its home base of operations, the educational art organization has several upcoming events planned. On March 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a family volunteer workday is planned to benefit the Olalla Center and Flowerree Community Center with tile workshops redoing the ceramic design in the bathrooms at the center building. This facility also houses the youth art center run by OCCT/OCCCA.
The public is invited to come and help and learn about mosaic and tile design in the free family workshop. Wear work clothes and bring work gloves, if you can — no experience is needed. The Olalla Center is located at 321 SE Third St. in Toledo.
On April, 3, OCCT/OCCCA will do a painting party at the children's library in Toledo, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., working on a mural for the library — contact the library for information, as space is limited mainly for children and some parents.
On April 5, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., OCCT/OCCCA will hold an orientation meeting at the Flowerree Community Center for a new workshop, "The Toy Theatre Project." This is a pilot program for what will become a state-wide touring program. Toy Theatre is a Victorian art form using paper animation, scenic design, theater techniques, movement to music, character development and general theater production work. The workshops will be divided into two age groups — 5th to 8th grade and 9th to 12th grade. At the end of the workshops, students will also videotape their work for their own portfolios, so they train in both theater, animation and video production.
Space is limited in this first series of workshops. For more information come to the orientation on April 5 at the Flowerree Community Center located across the hall from the Youth Art Center at Olalla Center in Toledo, or email Lawrence Adrian, artistic director at [email protected].