Columbia Theatre Association for the Performing Arts

A nonprofit organization

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$20,000 Goal

Give more 24 is now GiveBIG!

We are incredibly grateful for all the support we have received year after year during Give More 24 (SW Washington online day of giving). Together, we have made a positive impact in the communities we serve! As we make this transition from Give More 24 to GiveBig, we hope that you will join us in continuing the tradition of giving and making a difference!

 The biggest changes as we transition from Give More 24 to GiveBig are:

  1. Instead of Give More 24’s 1 day (24 hours) in September, GiveBig will be 2 days (48 hours) in May.
  2. Give More 24 was SW Washington’s Online Day of Giving, but GiveBig will be STATEWIDE! More worthwhile causes mean more opportunities to be inspired!

We never know what single event will spark the imagination, or what great works will arise from that exposure, but we do know that the possibilities are limitless

Performing arts offer young people a unique opportunity to understand themselves and the world they live in. The importance of the arts and its role in education cannot be overemphasized, however it is often overlooked. Arts programs inspire youth to engage, to develop social-emotional and interpersonal skills, be creative, understand different cultural perspectives, think critically, improve focus, and bolster academic achievement.

About the Eloise Pepper Arts Education Program…

The Eloise Pepper Arts Education Fund is named after a well-loved teacher and dear friend of the community. Eloise strongly believed in the benefits of the performing arts in a child's life and how important it is for the development of children and young people. This fund allows the Columbia to bring fun, educational programming to young people in our community.


Some of the programs the Eloise Pepper Arts Education Fund makes possible:

  • Summer Theatre Camps - immerses a child in all aspects of creating a live performance.
  • STEAM programming - programs exposing children to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
  • Theatre classes to elementary schools in our community. 
  • Scholarships - so every child has the opportunity to participate.
  • Rainy Months Series - a fun, educational series that emphasizes a shared experience of both child and the adults in their lives. With these funds, the theatre can offer free and reduced tickets.
  • Free Theatre Workshops - children are introduced to elements of theatre production including sets, lights, costumes, make-up, improv, movement and acting.  Up to 60 children attend classes taught by directors from Missoula Children's Theatre. Workshops are free and take place at the Columbia theatre, Kelso, and Longview Public Libraries.
  • Annual Southwest Washington Symphony Children's Concert

A generous matching fund from

the Donald & Margaret Fuesler Foundation Fund

Of the Community Foundation for SW Washington!

The Columbia Theatre's goal this year is to raise $20,000 for the Eloise Pepper Arts Education Fund. Thanks to the Donald & Margaret Fuesler Foundation, all contributions will be MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR up to $10,000!


"My son at 9 years old had never found an activity that “stuck” with him. As a mom I was heartbroken to see him struggle in everything he attempted. When he brought home the flyer I was hesitant but we decided to give it a chance and I am so thankful we did. He came out of the experience with a confidence and drive that I have NEVER seen. And most importantly he made some friends that we will stay in touch with long after the end of the program. I loved seeing the staff interact with my child. They took personality traits that other adults have encouraged him to hide and showed him how to use those personality traits in a positive way. They were so encouraging and supportive and he bloomed under their watch."

"So many new skills to list!! Projecting on stage, improv, musical theatre…different vocal and dance technique styles, working as part of a group to put on a show, how a show comes together with costumes, make up, sets, sound. Becoming aware of her own talents and ability and having a place for her to express and showcase this is amazing. Memories to last a lifetime! I really like how they get training in all three acting, voice and dance. I love how being in show is part of it. I like how the groups are in age categories for learning but the show is all ages."

Find out more about the Eloise Pepper Arts Education program HERE!


April 18: Early giving begins! Don’t want to wait until May 2? You don’t have to! Click on DONATE button above.

May 2 & 3 (48 hours!): GiveBIG! Washington’s statewide fundraising campaign where individuals and organizations come together to invest in our communities.

May 2 (11am to 2pm): GiveBIG Cowlitz Celebration. Local participating nonprofits kick off GiveBIG at the Merk on Commerce! Stop by each booth to find out how these organizations make a difference every day and get your passport stamped for a chance to win prizes! Music provided by jazz guitarist, Matt Olason.

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Columbia Theatre Association for the Performing Arts

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PO BOX 1026



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