WOW Hall

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About

The Community Center for the Performing Arts is the non-profit that runs the W.O.W. Hall.

ORIGIN OF THE CCPA
In 1975 it was learned that the Woodmen of the World Hall at the corner of 8th and Lincoln would soon be sold and possibly demolished. To keep the Hall available to the community, a group of concerned users, performers, neighbors and historical preservation enthusiasts organized the Community Center for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit (501c3) corporation.

On December 2, 1975, the leaseholder gave notice that he intended to exercise his option to sell the Hall. He informed 130 people who attended a basement meeting that he would give the community first option to buy the Hall at $75,000 but would need a $10,000 down payment within 13 days. To raise the money supporters organized a WOWATHON: five days and nights of continuous entertainment! The WOWATHON began on Dec. 10 and, with support from the Oregon Country Fair, KLCC, KZEL and many others, the money was raised!

Throughout its early years the CCPA faced one crisis after another. Time and again, community support would save the W.O.W. Hall. Volunteerism, a few grants, increasing attendance and severe austerity enabled the CCPA to pay off the Hall’s mortgage in 1983, completing the dream of making the facility, "community-owned and democratically operated."

In 1996 the W.O.W. Hall was officially designated a historic landmark by the National Register of Historic Places. "No building has stronger connections to Eugene’s yeasty culture," noted the Register-Guard.

TODAY
The CCPA is dedicated to providing a safe and friendly meeting place for the community, a place for appreciation of the arts for all ages and income levels, and a training ground for new generations. Local, regional, national and international acts frequently grace the stage, and the Hall prides itself on the diversity. Many artists have released works recorded at the W.O.W. Hall.

The Hall is also used for classes, workshops, lectures, meetings, rehearsals and recording sessions. The Lobby Art Gallery displays the work of a different regional artist each month.

The CCPA runs on volunteer energy and volunteer training is provided monthly. Volunteers develop job skills while demonstrating dependability, punctuality and the ability to work as part of a team. The CCPA has involved thousands of volunteers, more than half of them area teenagers.

A volunteer Board of Directors meets monthly and oversees the overall operation of the Hall.

The CCPA is committed to providing arts for all ages. In a community that lacks recreational opportunities for youths, the CCPA not only provides a space for kids and teenagers to enjoy live concerts, it actively involves youths in planning, promoting, performing at and staffing shows.

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