Nancy KnowlesBoard Chair
Being on the Art Center East Board of Directors has been a great way to give back to the community by helping to plan for the organization's future and supporting staff in getting there. It is a privilege to work with artists, art teachers, and art lovers!
Laura HudsonBoard Secretary
My experience as a member of the ACE Board has been both challenging and inspiring. I enjoy being part of a creative and dedicated team of individuals who are determined to offer excellent cultural events and creative expression opportunities to our rural communities in Eastern Oregon. Whenever I attend an exhibit opening, take in a choir concert, or simply browse the gift gallery, I am in awe of the local and regional talent ACE works hard to showcase, and I'm grateful for the chance to lend my small efforts to this work.

Community Ensembles

Join us! You’re invited to become a board member of Art Center East.

Community Ensembles

Featured from left to right: Gallery Director Jennifer Durr and Board Chair Nancy Knowles at the Annual 5k Art Fun Run. Board Chair Nancy Knowles and Volunteer Jenni at Annual Handmade Makers Market. Artist Trevor Durr with Board Vice President Nate Prouty at solo exhibit opening of “Mugshots.”

Our Mission

Inspire, enrich, and interlace Eastern Oregon communities through creative expression.

Our Vision

We believe that creative expression is an indispensable part of a thriving community, a sustainable economy, and a well-lived life.

Our Goals

1. Maintain and develop high-quality arts programming, including classes, exhibits, and events;
2. Enhance accessibility for diverse and underserved populations;
3. Maintain and develop sustainable levels of resources, including finances, personnel, and facilities;
4. Maintain and develop regional and state partnerships.

Our Current Reality

After several months of closure, ACE is embracing the challenge of operating safely and sustainably during the pandemic while staying true to our mission, values, and goals. Current innovations include:
● Online exhibits and art sales
● Online and socially distanced art classes
● Redesigned popular fall events Dia de los Muertos and Handmade Holidays

Our Schedule

In this context, the board tends to be a working board, meeting for an hour once a week (currently Thursdays at 3 PM, but this time can be adapted to suit member schedules). Board members have ample opportunities to use their expertise in volunteering for other commitments as needed, some contributing approximately 10 hours per month.

Our Invitation

If you believe in the power of the arts to build community, we need you! As a working board member, you will shape the future of this vital resource. Board members:
● supervise the Executive Director,
● oversee finances, and
● collaborate with staff on planning, policies, finances, fundraising, and public relations.

The organization can benefit from everyone’s participation – no previous experience or affiliation with the arts is required – and we are particularly in need of those who can bring fundraising, event planning, diversity/inclusion, financial management, or legal expertise.

Community Ensembles

From left to right: Board members hanging art for the ACE Benefit Show. Executive Director Darcy Dolge and three of the five current board members hard at work via Zoom.