Peruse our frequently asked questions, then contact us at 541-624-2800 or email@example.com if you don’t see your question on the list.
How do I find out about happenings at ACE?
We have a lot going on! Stay in touch with us via our weekly e-newsletter, pick up a printed class schedule to have on hand (class schedules are available at ACE and around town; they list three months worth of classes and events, and are printed quarterly), follow us on Facebook or Instagram (@artcentereast), bookmark the calendar page of our website, visit our booth at the La Grande Farmers Market, stop by ACE for a visit (or check out our door for upcoming event posters if we’re closed), and look for our pinecone logo on posters around town to know it’s an ACE event!
What free opportunities do you provide?
Our gallery exhibits are always free and open to the public during our business hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Fri & 12-4pm Sat. Gallery receptions for the opening night of a new exhibit are free to all. In addition, we offer a variety of community events, music ensemble and cultural performances, art activities, and more throughout the year, without a fee to participate. Check out our Free page to see what’s coming up.
Are you ADA accessible?
Sort of. Our downstairs entrance (located on the 5th Street side of the building) is ADA accessible, which allows access to the studio spaces where most of our classes take place. The upstairs portion of the building is a half-story above ground level and was built at a time when wheelchair accessibility was not a consideration. Although many of you may remember that the former library had an elevator, by the time Art Center East took over custody of the building it was no longer in working condition, it is not possible with our limited budget to replace it at this time. We do not currently have ADA accessibility to our main floor, which houses our exhibit and gift galleries. If you would like to take a survey about ADA accessibility at ACE in order to help us assess community interest and appeal for City funding to make the building more accessible, please go here.
How can I support ACE?
Art Center East is a community art center. Community engagement is what makes us who we are and brings meaning to our work. Support us by visiting: come see what’s in the gallery or attend an opening reception, take a class, join a music ensemble, attend a free community event, and remember the Gift Gallery and ACE gift certificates when you’re shopping for the perfect gift.
Already a fan? Tell your friends about us, write a review online (Facebook, Google Business, & Yelp), or invite someone new to an upcoming event. We love our community and enjoy seeing new faces at ACE.
If you’d like to do more, consider becoming a member, making a one-time donation, teaching a class, or becoming a volunteer. Sharing ACE volunteer opportunities with your family, friends, local service group or church also helps us to engage with new people and reach a wider audience.
How do you use my membership fees?
Membership fees go toward operational costs, including: gallery maintenance, building and grounds maintenance, programming (classes, events, music ensembles), and supplies. Strong membership numbers also make our grant applications more competitive because it shows community support for our programs. This secondary benefit amplifies the monetary contribution you make when you become an ACE member and keep your membership current.
Why do you charge for classes?
Art Center East is an independent non-profit organization. We do not receive regular funding from an outside source and, as a rule, grant funding does not usually cover operating costs. We rely on revenue generated from our programming to keep our building functioning and pay staff. This includes class fees, gallery sales, and memberships. Part of our class fees also go to pay the teaching artist, which amplifies the arts as an economic driver in the community.
Why are your classes so expensive?
Class prices reflect the overhead costs of offering classes, including: wages for our teaching artists, building and equipment costs, marketing, staff time, and, unless otherwise noted, the cost of supplies you will be using in class. In order to keep our pricing as consistent and fair as possible, we use a standard formula to arrive at the price for each class. We insist on paying our teaching artists because it represents the power of the arts as an economic driver in the community. To support the access of young people to the arts, we provide youth scholarships.
Do you offer scholarships?
We currently offer a scholarship for youth age 18-years or younger for 50% off the price of a class. Find out more about how to apply. We also have a sibling discount: after the initial class registration, each additional sibling registration receives 10% off the cost of the class.
How is ACE funded?
We receive funding from a variety of sources, including: memberships, grants, private donations, and revenue from gallery sales & classes. In addition to monetary contributions, we accomplish so much with so little because of generous volunteer help, in-kind contributions of materials and services, supply donations, and community service workers.
Who maintains the building?
The historic Carnegie Library building that Art Center East calls home is owned by the City of La Grande. However, Art Center East is responsible for funding and managing all building and grounds maintenance.
Why do you have limited hours?
Our galleries are open to the public from 10am-4pm Mon-Fri & 12-4pm Sat. Our Exhibit and Gift Galleries are open for extended hours during all exhibit opening receptions and public events held in the ACE building. These hours are what we can maintain with the staff our budget allows.
Can I host my event/party/reunion at ACE?
Yes, Art Center East has a facilities rental program. Find out more.
Will ACE make a donation to my organization/club/team/etc?
We allocate a portion of our budget each year to supporting local community organizations. Find out more about how to request a donation.
How do I teach at ACE?
We are always looking for new teachers to add their skills and enthusiasm to the class lineup. Find out more about teaching at ACE.
How do I exhibit at ACE?
We have two exhibit galleries, the Main Gallery and the Co-op Gallery. Main Gallery exhibitions are juried (applications are reviewed and selected by a committee), while the Co-op Gallery is non-juried, open to applicants 15-years + on a first come basis. Both galleries require that you submit an application to be considered for an exhibition.
How do I sell my art in the Gift Gallery?
Are you an artist or a maker of something giftable? Consider applying to sell your goods in the Art Center East Gift Gallery. There is no fee to apply and artists keep all proceeds minus a standard commission (30% for ACE Artist Members, 35% for Non-Members). It’s a great way to get your art in front of the community and into a retail space without the hassle of doing it yourself. Find out more about selling in the ACE Gift Gallery.
Can I use your studio?
Studio rentals are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the artist’s needs and ACE studio availability. If you are interested in studio space (our general studio as well as ceramics studio), we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with information about what kind of space you are looking for and how often you would like access to it.
What is Art Center East’s relationship with Eastern Oregon University?
Art Center East has had a long relationship with EOU through our former incarnation as the Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, which was based in the same EOU campus building that ACE now occupies. EOU provides this space - used for an ACE administrative office as well as the ACE community music program and private lessons - rent-free, as well as the use of the McKenzie Theater and rehearsal space for ACE music ensemble performances. Besides the in-kind donation of space, EOU does not make financial contributions to Art Center East.
What is Art Center East’s relationship with the City of La Grande?
Art Center East is an independent nonprofit arts organization with a Board of Directors, staff, budget and revenue stream completely separate from the City of La Grande. The historic Carnegie Library building that we call home is owned by the City of La Grande, from whom we lease the building. As part of that lease, ACE is responsible for all building repair, restoration, and maintenance costs, as well as grounds maintenance.
Who are Art Center East’s community partners?
We make a point to engage with as many community organizations and individuals as possible, hosting community conversations, talks, events, classes, and exhibits, as well as attending other organizations’ events and festivals with outreach materials and free art activities.
We have formalized partnerships with the following community organizations:
- Union County Juvenile Department
- Shelter from the Storm
- La Grande Farmers Market
- Traditional Live!
- Impact 100
Why is an art center important?
Art Center East employs staff to organize and coordinate a full schedule of art exhibits, classes, music ensembles, and cultural experiences that enrich the quality of life in our rural region. Through our AiRS program, we also provide resident artists to teach art to school-age children in ten counties of eastern Oregon. In addition to acting as a catalyst for connecting our community with art & cultural experiences, Art Center East plays an important role in the local economy. As an advocate of working artists, we pay all of our teaching artists and provide an income source for artists that exhibit in our galleries or sell their pieces in our retail Gift Gallery.
A 2017 economic impact study of northeast Oregon conducted by Americans for the Arts found that based on data collected in 2015, the non-profit arts sector (individual artists and for-profit arts businesses were excluded from the study) of Baker, Wallowa, and Union counties supports 39 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $657,000 in household income to local residents, and delivers $72,000 in local and state government revenue. These non-profit arts organizations (of which ACE is one) generate $1.2 million in economic spending within the northeast Oregon region.
Art Center East provides a home for creative expression and exploration, cultural connections, advocacy and income generation for working artists, while helping to bring art back into schools. ACE also serves as a driver for the local economy and a contributor to the development of a vibrant and creative business community.
Do you take supply donations?
We appreciate when community think of us when preparing for a garage sale, move, or just doing a deep cleaning. The best way to make a donation is to call us first (541-624-2800). Because we have limited storage space, we can only take items that we are able to use right away. Please do not leave items outside the building when it is closed, or drop off mixed loads of materials without calling ahead first.
Wondering what materials we are looking for? We almost always accept office supplies (especially printing paper) and basic art supplies (new or like-new condition: markers, paper, acrylic paint, brushes, glue, specialty supplies, etc). We may be interested in miscellaneous art supplies, collage materials, art pieces, or art books, depending on space availability at the time of donation. We are rarely interested in well-used supplies or equipment, repurposed materials (unless we are requesting something specific for a specific project), frames (with or without art), etc. Please call us to determine if your donation is a good fit for our current needs and to schedule a drop-off time.
Another type of donation we always accept is food items for our gallery opening receptions. The contribution can be homemade or store bought, savory or sweet, and just needs to be something easy to eat without utensils. Contact email@example.com if you would like to contribute something for an upcoming reception.
What kind of music opportunities do you have?
Art Center East coordinates four music ensembles: Union County Children’s Choir, Grande Ronde Community Choir, Community Symphonic Band, and an African Drumming group. All opportunities are community focused and low cost ways to join a community of fellow musicians. Art Center East also offers private music lessons at our office located on the Eastern Oregon University campus. Find out more about music opportunities through ACE.
How to I register for a music ensemble?
Do you have dance, exercise, or wellness classes?
Yes! A number of partnering organizations and instructors work with us to provide health and wellness classes at Art Center East, including Liv Fit, TraditionalLive!, the Grande Ronde Yoga Collective, and Teahouse.
Where’s the library?
The Cook Memorial Library is located just down the street from Art Center East at 2006 Fourth Street in La Grande.