Kids create for ‘Change for the Arts’

Kids from around Hood River, Mosier and across the river in Washington have been busy the past few weeks making containers for donations to the Columbia Center for the Arts, the facility at 3rd and Cascade streets that will one day house the Columbia Art Gallery and CAST Theater.

Students from many of the area’s elementary schools have gotten into the act, turning old plastic bottles into colorful containers to be used in the “Change for the Arts” fundraiser. Middle school and high school students also will work on the project.

Change for the Arts is one of a series of fundraisers for the arts center, whose board is seeking to raise about $900,000 to purchase the former American Legion building and renovate it.

The Change for the Arts containers have been distributed to retailers in Hood River and the Upper Valley, as well as White Salmon. Customers who want to help contribute to the arts center can deposit spare change in the containers.

“We’d really like to have total community involvement,” said project organizer Leslie Cogswell. By making the containers readily available where people shop, community members can easily contribute to the project.

The Change for the Arts containers will be out in the community for six months. The goal is to raise $50,000 — all in spare change.

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