WOW Hall Annual Membership Meeting

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 2:45pm
Event Time: 
August 9, 2020 - 3:00pm
Free and open to the public

Click here for 2020 Report to the Membership

The WOW Hall Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Sunday, August 9, beginning at 3:00 pm on Zoom

Topic: CCPA/WOW Hall Annual Meeting

Time: Aug 9, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 816 5798 9672

Passcode: 017477

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,81657989672# US (Tacoma)

+13462487799,,81657989672# US (Houston)


Dial by your location

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

Meeting ID: 816 5798 9672

Find your local number:

Click here for 2020 Report to the Membership

CCPA Membership Meeting Agenda Sunday, August 9, 2020

I. Call to Order 3:00 p.m.

II. Welcome and Introductions (10 minutes)

a. Board

b. Staff

III. Ground Rules

IV. Committee, Staff, and Financial Reports (30 minutes) a. Committee Reports (10 minutes) b. Staff Reports (5 minutes) c. FinancialReports(15minutes)

V. Membership Input (30 minutes)

VI. Vote on General Policy Statement (5 minutes) VII. Vote on Proposed Budget (15 minutes)

VIII. Nominations for Board of Directors* (45 minutes) a. Board Member Nomination and Acceptance b. Nominee statement & questions (5 minutes each)

IX. Break/Caucus – ballot formation (20 minutes)

X. Ballot Distribution – Vote (15 minutes)

XI. Break/Votes Tallied (15 minutes) XII. Introduction of New Board (2 minutes)

XIII. Adjourn

*A person must have been a CCPA member for 30 days to run for the>


  1. Call to Order
  2. Welcome and Introductions (10 minutes)

a. Board

b. Staff

III.            Ground Rules

IV. Committee, Staff and Financial Reports (30 minutes)

a. Committee Reports (10 minutes)

b. Staff Reports (5 minutes)

c. Financial Report (15 minutes)

V. Membership Input (20 minutes)

VI. Vote on General Policy Statement (5 minutes)

VII. Vote on the Proposed Budget (15 minutes)

VIII. Nominations for Board of Directors* (45 minutes)

  1. Board Member Nomination and Acceptance
  2. b. Nominee statement & questions (5 minutes each)

IX. BREAK/Caucus (Ballot Formation) (20 minutes)

X. Ballot Distribution - Vote (15 minutes)

XI. BREAK/Votes Tallied (15 minutes)

XII. Introduction of new Board (2 minutes)

XIII. Adjourn

It’s not too late to run for the board.  Nominations are made and seconded at the Annual Membership Meeting, to be held Sunday, Aug. 9, beginning at 3:00 pm via Zoom..  Login instructions are in the event page below.  We have 11 announced candidates for 8 open positions:

Camas Banks

Charles Peters

Chico Schwall

David Zupan

Jaci McKamey Guerena

Janelle Krinsky

Karen Stingle

Mayo Finch

Melissa Swan

Steven Berkson

Tricia Driscoll*

*Member les than 30 days


Please answer the questions below in no more than three pages.

1. How did the grant support the strategic goals and development of your organization or its programming in the past year? How would funding for 2020-21 support your strategic goals and development this next year?

In 2019-20, the Community Arts Program Grant provided vital support for the CCPA's performance education activities - primarily our summer programming for area youth. The summer of 2019 saw a continuation of three programs that have grown in popularity over the years: Music's Edge Summer Rock Camp (two one-week sessions), Girl Circus (one week) and Bass Camp (one week). Thanks in part to support from a Community Arts grant, Music's Edge offered 126 scholarships to low income families. Bass Camp, which was created at the WOW Hall, is now part of the City of Eugene's summer recreational programming.

The COVID-19 public health crisis completely shut WOW Hall down.

Fortunately, our many member-volunteers are eager to come to WOW Hall and help: - install better online streaming capacities, - take on ongoing historic restoration tasks, - implement performance education opportunities. CCPA/WOW Hall anticipates that these activities may be able to occur before the COVID-19 gathering restrictions are 100% lifted. Everyone is creatively exploring strategies to make that happen, but CCPA/WOW Hall must have the funds to move from the current “deep hibernation” state to a revived post-COVID-19 community arts center.

The revival effort will strengthen our historic mission, which is, in part, to foster a training ground for new generations of artists and background support for the arts and nonprofit organizations. And, we will redouble our efforts to create a community arts center that is affordable, a safe and friendly meeting place for the community, and a place for appreciation of the arts for all ages and income levels.

Funding for 2020-21 would support this effort.

2. Please describe your organization's major highlights and successes of the past year.

In 2019-2020, WOW Hall had 77 performances before the cancellations in March. Some of the diverse range of musical styles and audiences included:

 On July 17 the CCPA hosted a sold out concert by Cuco. Never heard of him? That’s because you are not a 13-year-old Latinx girl. This concert brought more people of Mexican heritage to the WOW Hall than any previous event. Most were of middle school age and for many it was not only their first concert at the WOW Hall, it was their first concert ever.

 October saw the return of two highly regarded international acts: Songhoy Blues (from Mali, Africa) and Kikagaku Moyo (from Japan). Nationally touring stars Kishi Bashi, Devendra Banhart and Common Kings also performed.

 In December, with Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA, we produced a sold out show with YOB. Based out of Eugene, YOB is an internationally recognized innovator in the field of doom metal.

 Brother Ali performed to a packed house in February. Ali is a Muslim from Minnesota known for his thought-provoking raps and unique perspective on social issues.

2 And on March 10, we hosted British blues-rock band Wishbone Ash, celebrating 50 years of touring and recording. It was our last successful show before the gathering ban.

Sadly, here’s some of what we missed: a sold out in advance show with R&B singer Brent Faiyaz, The Experience Music & Art Fair expanded to two days, EP Release Party for Eugene duo Sweater For An Astronaut, comedians Steve Hofstetter and Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Hawaiian artist Kolohe Kai and much, much more (Including Lane Arts Council’s Design Arts Apprenticeship Showcase).

CCPA’s historic building was constructed to be dancehall and features a beautiful, hard rock maple “floating” dance floor. Our sound system and lighting are second to none in terms of professional services and quality of sound. In 2019, these features drew some 300 participants a week to our “movement” classes and opportunities:

 Mud City Old-Time Society – square dancing  Coalessence – community ecstatic dance  Dance Empowered – group performance workout

CCPA continues to host – at reduced rates – a wide variety of community-focused activities. In 2019 these events included:

 Free People Community Dinner  Elder Gathering of the Oregon Country Fair

And, we were on the EUG Parade route for the first time! CCPA partnered with the City of Eugene and GRRRLZ Rock to host a stage and the judge’s stand at the corner of 8th and Lincoln. We also hosted a two-day rummage sale fundraiser that weekend. Because the day turned out cold and wet, some of the GRRRLZ Rock performances were moved inside the Hall – bringing in the neighborhood for music and shopping.

3. What challenges did your organization face in the past year?

In March, the State of Oregon’s gathering ban of unknown duration stopped events that provide over 80% of the Community Center for the Performing Arts/ WOW Hall’s funding. Attendance is seasonal and the months of March-April-May are usually the best attended of the year. For example, a much anticipated, sold-out performance scheduled for March 18th was cancelled due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

All staff, except for one 1⁄2 time position, were laid-off. The building remains closed to the public.

In the current state of the live performance industry, promoters and artists increasingly expect venues to make their profit via alcohol sales. For an all-ages performance space with limited concessions, this trend has made revenue from productions less reliable than in the past. CCPA has been falling short of expected income projections.

4. What were the organization’s efforts to increase accessibility and engage new and more diverse audiences?

CCPA not only gives young people a place to enjoy live performances, it actively involves youth in planning, promoting and performing. In 2019-20, student intern Richard Lathrop, who performs as Ghostnaps organized two events: Eugene House Party 1 and Eugene House Party 2, that combined Hip-Hop and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) with live Latin and rock bands. Richard was also instrumental in recognizing that Cuco would bring in a more diverse audience.

Monthly Volunteer orientations continue to engage a wide range of people who are new to WOW Hall and are interested in supporting events with their time.

Plus, CCPA continues to engage with our local community partners with almost every performance on our stage. Of note: The Hult Center for the Performing Arts helped bring Latin Grammy Award winners Mariachi Flor De Toloache to the WOW Hall on September 4. Opening the show was the Springfield High mariachi band Mariachi Del Sol.

Finally, CCPA continues Eugene LIVE! Launched in 2019, this series of concerts supports local artists and makes the WOW Hall accessible to budding performers of all genres. The series resumed for 2020 with new sponsorships from Sprout City Recording Studio, Liquid Mastering, KWVA of the University of Oregon, and Worthy Beer.

 Jan. 31 bluegrass music: The Muddy Souls, Sugar Pine String Band, The Gossamer Strings

 Feb 13 local rock bands: The Macks, Candy Picnic, Under the Clothesline, Dead Chemist

 Feb 28 local rock bands, part 2: Novacane, Fashion Jackson, Laundry, Spiller

 Mar 12 (with social distancing) singer/songwriters: Ron Selfridge, Elroy Jordan, Jacob Camara, Caeli Barnhart, Elizabeth Cable

Overall, 16 local artists/groups had the opportunity to perform before series had to be cancelled with many more concerts in the works. Many of these performers returned to WOW Hall to donate their time to a May online streaming fundraiser: WOW! What A Stream!

5. Describe how you evaluated your programs, services and operations. What did you learn and how do you plan to incorporate what you learned next year?

CCPA staff and public board meetings provide the forum for evaluations (board meetings always include time for public comment). We know that the CCPA is too dependent on earned income and that in a time of no productions that can be disastrous. We also learned that the WOW Hall is so beloved by the community that its members were willing to donate thousands of dollars during these very difficult times. We have received many first-time donations.


Recordings of Tuesday's Candidate Forum can be found here:







Last Sunday's informational Special Membership Meeting was recorded.  

Staff/Board Financial Presentation


FOWH Budget Deviation Presentation

Entire meeting: 2h 40min; 2.5gb


Here is also a link to the meeting audio: