Community Cultural Center Tonasket

Community Cultural Center Tonasket Our History at a Glance

What is now known as the Community Cultural Center, was originally a Studebaker dealership in the early 1950's. As our small town evolved, so did the CCC. From a car dealership, to a mechanic shop, an appliance store, a packing shed, a tire and radiator repair shop, this building has been a steady part of the Tonasket development for nearly 70 years! But it wasn't until 1992, when a small group of alternative-minded folks got together to purchase the building, kickstarting the journey towards the CCC as we know it today. Their vision was to create a safe and comfortable place for families to gather and enrich lives. The original group, all volunteers, spent countless hours making the building comfortable, but were limited by a lack of funds to really bring it up to snuff. In 1996 the CCC became a legal non-profit, which made the possibility of applying for grants feasible. Some small grants were awarded, mainly for arts programs, enabling the CCC to offer classes for local children and entertainment for the community. Still, the facility was in dire need of renovations. With more research and participation, the group began to explore larger possibilities for funding. Collaborations, grant-writing instruction and determination ensued, and in the end the CCC received several substantial grants that totaled over $500,000! The building renovations began and over time the community received a beautiful, new, state-of-the-art Community Center!

The CCC, as it is fondly called today, is a community hub serving the people of north Okanogan County in a myriad of ways. A public facility to rent, offering cultural events, a gathering place and a location for social services. Thousands of local dollars have been donated towards this goal, and twice as many hours of volunteer time have been donated, as well. What started as a small grassroots effort, the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket has become the pride of North Okanogan County!

See you at the CCC!

Original Author: River Jones (former Executive Director 2004 - 2013
Co-Editor: Ashley Range Current Executive Director since Aug. 2018