Art Center East (ACE) greatly values our relationships and partnerships with local businesses. Whether you would like to join with an annual Business Membership or become a Business Sponsor of specific ACE event(s) or program(s), we invite you to support our long-running work in bringing arts opportunities and arts education to the entire Eastern Oregon region. 


Business Sponsorships help ACE offer free community events and free or reduced-cost registration fees for participants in our community programs. 


Sponsorships support a wide variety of ACE events and ACE programs. Your business mission and goals might align with ACE’s goals in offering these events and programs to community members of all ages. Read on to learn about current sponsorship opportunities and ACE’s goals.


If you would like to learn more about Business Memberships, click here. 


For questions regarding Business Memberships and/or Sponsorships, email [email protected].


Fall is here and we’re organizing our annual Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead K-12 student art exhibit and free community celebration. This year’s event runs October 28 - November 10, 2022.


Día de los Muertos is a Mexican national holiday that celebrates the joys of life and offers an opportunity to honor loved ones who have passed away. This celebration is cheerful and playful rather than mournful and sad, and its traditions highlight the importance of family.


ACE will host a free, family-friendly opening reception on Friday, October 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for the Día de los Muertos art exhibit. Artwork by Union County K-12 students will be on display. Students explore Día de los Muertos folk-art themes and learn about the history, meaning, and importance of the holiday from school curriculum packets prepared by ACE staff. 


A community ofrenda (altar) is also part of the exhibit. Community members of all ages are invited to add to the beautiful altar throughout the duration of the exhibit by bringing photographs and/or mementos that honor their departed loved ones. This year there will be quiet, candlelit reflection times to view the ofrenda in the evening hours as well as additional opportunities such as pop-up classes celebrating Latinx/Hispanic traditions, art, and culture. 


We invite you to help make this year’s event the best one yet by becoming a Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead business sponsor.

We are currently planning for The Big: Art Center East’s Annual Open Exhibit. This annual art exhibit serves multiple purposes: it invites Eastern Oregon & other NW artists to celebrate the arts, creates awareness of the value of arts in our communities, and raises funds for Art Center East’s Gallery Program. The 2022 Annual Open Exhibit will be on display from December 2, 2022 - January 28, 2023. 


All artists that submit work and have it exhibited through The Big: Annual Open Exhibit are eligible to win cash prizes, awarded at the guest judges’ discretion. Guest judges are invited to volunteer for this position by the Art Center East Gallery Director, Jennifer Durr.


In exchange for your award sponsorship, we include the perks below to express our gratitude and appreciation for your support of local artists.


- Business name and link next to sponsored award on both the main event page for The Big for one year.

- Business logo on event page and sponsorship page

- Business logo on awards certificates given to artist

- Group thank you with fellow donors on Facebook (2,143  followers), Instagram (1,100 followers) and e-newsletter (2,324 subscribers)

- Name included in the end of year “Thank You” in The Go! (print version to 6,300 subscribers plus 2,000 copies distributed in the community)


Below are the awards you can choose from to sponsor. Listed below are the minimum amounts for each award. Your business may choose to sponsor equal to more than the listed amount. Artists receive the FULL award amount chosen.


- Best in Show: award starting $300

- Best Two-Dimensional Award: $200

- Best Three-Dimensional Piece: $200

- Outstanding Jewelry Award: $100

Fred Hill Best Photography Award (self-printed artworks): $100

Submissions for the 2022 Handmade Holidays Makers Market are needed by September 15, 2022.

Handmade Holidays Makers Market (HHMM) is Art Center East’s most popular holiday shopping weekend of the year. The annual two-day event  draws over 1,500 visitors interested in purchasing locally-made gift items from more than 25 artists/artisans. ACE selects HHMM vendors for the quality and uniqueness of their work, and curates the lineup to include a balanced and engaging selection. No resale or corporate merchandise is accepted for sale at HHMM. All items for sale are made by the artist selling them.

 ACE does not collect a commission on artisans’ sales during this event, but instead collects a small booth fee to cover a portion of the advertising fees involved with offering this community opportunity. Those fees do not offset other necessary expenses associated with HHMM. Our hope is to acquire sponsors to support the other expenses for this event and help support the Gallery Program itself.

Your sponsorship benefits two ACE programs simultaneously: the annual HHMM and the ACE Gallery Program. The ACE Gallery Program includes three exhibition spaces - the Main Gallery, Orlaske Gallery, and Gift Gallery - that occupy the second floor of ACE’s building (an historic 1913 Carnegie Library). The three galleries offer valuable product exposure and revenue streams for local, artist-owned small businesses, helping to incubate a strong arts economy and contribute to the $1.2 million in economic activity generated by the arts and culture sector in Northeast Oregon. 

Cruizin Cap sponsorships are accepted year-round and last for the desired length of the sponosorship tier.


ACE staff would like to work with you to design arts-themed Cruzin Caps (small self-adhesive “stickers” that cover the sip hole on drink lids) for your to-go coffee business. This is a way to support local arts opportunities and support Art Center East’s work for the community through a useful marketing product that you  may already use for your business’ day-to-day functions. 



Submissions for the individual exhibits are needed two months before the exhibit opening date.


The Art Center East (ACE) Galleries include three exhibition spaces - The Main Gallery, The Orlaske Gallery, and The Gift Gallery - that make up the majority of the second floor within the ACE building, located at 1006 Penn Avenue, La Grande, Oregon in ​​a historic Carnegie Library. The three galleries offer valuable product exposure and revenue streams for local, artist-owned small businesses, helping to incubate a strong arts economy and contribute to the $1.2 million in economic activity generated by the arts culture sector in Northeast Oregon. The Main & Orlaske Galleries are the only international fine art exhibit spaces in Union County. They are community-supported galleries funded by Art Center East memberships, private donors, and sponsors.


These galleries provide local artists the opportunity to share their work in live and virtual settings. Artists can sell all their work through the galleries and often gain more popularity for their work.  Each exhibition has a festive opening and closing reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and is on display for approximately 1-2 months. Exhibits are free and open to the public. Exhibits can also be viewed online thanks to a partnership with John J. Howard Real Estate. Shop current exhibition art here. Finally, our exhibiting gallery artists now have the opportunity to give live artist talks that are funded, in part, by Oregon Humanities. These artist talks are vital to the sharing of an artist’s medium and talents. These live events bring the community together to learn about the intertwined workings of creating visual art. 


Your sponsorship helps us to continue to offer all the above gallery opportunities to the wider community for free, while ensuring that working artists earn a living wage from the sale of their creative work. 


Upcoming exhibits to sponsor:

Dec. 3 - Jan. 28 | The Big: ACE's Annual Open Exhibit

Feb. 3 - March 25, 2023 | 7th Annual Fiber Arts & Jewelry Exhibit

Youth Arts Learning Fund sponsorships are accepted year-round and last for one year at point of payment.


This program provides youth up to age 18 with reduced-cost (50% off) arts experiences such as ACE classes, take-home arts learning kits, music ensembles, and more.  Art Center East passionately supports children and teens exploring the arts, and the organization believes that fostering a love of the arts helps give youth creative joy and the confidence and skills to invest back into their communities in the future. You can learn more about this program here


We have always valued partnering with local and regional businesses and we invite [name of business] to become a sponsor of this vital community program!



ACE’s average cost for this program is $20,000 annually. To reach this goal, we have created different levels of sponsorship for [name of business] to choose from. If you would like more information about the Youth Arts Learning Fund  and our Youth Programming before making a decision, email [email protected].


Submissions for the 2023 Winter Classes are needed by November 1, 2022.


We at ACE are excited to reach out to local businesses regarding sponsorship for the Wild Preschool, Wild School, and Discover After School programs. These nature-based programs are completely free and for youth 0 to 14. These classes take place at Pete’s Pond in the Blue Mountain Conservancy. Students connect with nature and friends, engage in hands-on earth science projects, and create nature-based art. In our technology-driven society, it is becoming more and more critical for young children to spend time developing a connection with nature early in their lives. Students create different nature-based art projects in each class while using a variety of mediums, including mud painting, leaf mandalas, nature weavings, and more. These programs are essential to the continued education of nature preservation and conservation.



Your sponsorship would go towards Winter 2022 - Spring 2023 program expenses. These expenses include $1,300 worth of arts learning supplies, $450 for on-site porta potties, and teacher compensation averaging $2,200. In order to continue to offer these programs for free to youth, your help would be greatly appreciated!


Community Music Program sponsorships are accepted year-round and last for one year at the point of payment.


We’re reaching out to you about becoming a sponsor of our Community Music Program. This long-standing program includes community music ensembles (such as Community African Drumming), and private music lessons for children, teens, and adults. 


ACE offers these music opportunities at affordable rates, and one way we can continue to do this is through the support of businesses like yours.


Sponsors of the Community Music Program help ACE provide youth and adults with 50% - 100% scholarships for community music ensemble participation fees and the cost of private music lessons. ACE ensembles and private music lessons are led by professional musicians who are also excellent, experienced educators.



We have always valued partnering with local and regional businesses and we invite you to become a sponsor of this vital community program! If you would like more information about the Community Music Program, please visit