▶️ Effort afoot for Bend’s first full-fledged performing arts center


In the 30 years since Trish Sewell first got involved in Central Oregon’s theater community, she’s seen the landscape grow and change dramatically.

Today, Sewell and several other board members are working to expand the performing arts scene, creating a plan for the Central Oregon Center for the Arts.

“In a perfect world we would have three theaters, an education wing, place to store instruments, place for dancers,” said Sewell, who is secretary for the Central Oregon Center for the Arts board, “it’s a big complex that we would love to be able to build!”

Fellow board member Michael Gesme says the time for a larger performing arts facility has been a long time coming.

“We have spent years and years and years doing great work in what is available, and I think where we all are now is that it’s time to do great work in a great space,” said Gesme.

The building could cost upwards of  $100 million, which would be paid for through fundraising and working with the community.

But the first step for the board is conducting a feasibility study that will determine the size, scope, and cost of the future facility.

The earliest completion date in an ideal world wouldn’t be until 2025, but the board says, it will be worth the wait.

You can find more information on the proposed facility and how to donate on the center website, centraloregoncenterforthearts.org.


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