On behalf of the ArtsEast Board of Directors, I’d like to share some exciting news! The ArtsEast Board of Directors recently signed a letter of intent to begin formal preparations to pursue a merger with the Union County Arts and Culture Center (DBA Art Center at the Old Library) in La Grande.
We recently reached another milestone in the merger process. On October 2, 2014, the La Grande City Council formally voted to approve the transfer of the Lease Agreement of the Carnegie Library held between the Art Center and the City to ArtsEast. We are one step closer!
Our Board of Directors recognize that combining our two organizations will allow us to provide the best arts programming not only for our members, but also for the communities we serve. Together, our nonprofit organizations share 44 years of history and commitment to providing quality arts programming in our local and regional communities. Our goal is to combine resources and integrate programs and services to better meet the needs of our growing communities. Through this merger, we look forward to leveraging strengths and expertise we each bring to more effectively serve our communities. Merging with the Art Center will not significantly change the operation of ArtsEast programs—we will maintain both locations, current programs (Union County Children’s Choir, EOU Community Symphonic Band, and others), and annual events.
If you are not familiar with the Art Center at the Old Library, they were established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2005. Their mission is “…to provide Union County with enriching arts experiences through classes, exhibits, and cultural activities.” Their programming focuses on arts education through classes offered at their facility for children and adults, supporting local and regional artists by hosting bi-monthly art exhibits in their gallery space, and hosting various cultural activities (music, dance, theater, and film events). Annually, they service over 7,500 patrons through their various programs.
Please know that we truly value your membership and support of our programs here at ArtsEast. We expect that this merger will only strengthen and further our vision of providing quality arts learning opportunities for our communities in our local and regional service areas.
As always, you are welcome to stop by the ArtsEast office, send an e-mail, or give me a call with your feedback.
All the best,
ArtsEast Executive Director