Let us be your waypoint!
Eastern Oregon offers visitors and residents alike a wide array of summer events – at Art Center East and through our partner organizations! Let us be your waypoint on your travels this summer. Visit local galleries, take in top-notch theatrical performances, enjoy good food, and more…
Address: 1006 Penn Ave. La Grande, OR 97850
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 12:00 - 5:00 pm & Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Arts & Economic Prosperity (AEP) Study
AEP6 is the sixth national economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in the U.S. Each AEP study gauges the economic impact of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and the event-related spending by their audiences.
Art Center East (Union County), Josephy Center for Arts and Culture (Wallowa County), and Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center (Baker County) are joining Americans for the Arts, Travel Oregon, Oregon Arts Commission, and nearly 400 other communities around the nation to gather information about the impact of arts and culture on local economies.
This study is accomplished through surveying participants at live arts and culture events. Help Northeast Oregon’s arts and culture organizations by taking the survey! The AEP6 runs May 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023.
Learn more at https://artcentereast.org/aep-survey/
Art Center East Galleries
The Art Center East Galleries include three exhibition spaces - Main Gallery, Orlaske Gallery, and Gift Gallery - in ACE’s historic building (a 1912 Carnegie Library) located at 1006 Penn Avenue in La Grande. The galleries offer valuable product exposure and revenue streams for local artists and 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.
ACE galleries are open Wednesday through Friday from 12:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Learn more at https://artcentereast.org/the-art-center-east-galleries/
Aspiring Youth Artist Contest
In celebration of Art Center East's 45th Anniversary earlier this year, ACE started an annual Aspiring Youth Artist Contest in March. This year’s contest is open through August 31.
Aspiring Eastern Oregon artists ages 11 - 22 can submit designs for an ACE iron-on patch. The winning design will become the year’s featured patch and the artist will receive an award.
The iron-on patch will be sold in the ACE Gift Gallery and online. All proceeds from the patches go to ACE’s Youth Scholarship Fund. This fund provides youth up to 18 years of age with reduced-cost (50% off) ACE classes and opportunities to engage in arts of all kinds.
In person: Art Center East (1006 Penn Ave. La Grande, OR)
Mail: Art Center East P.O. Box 541 La Grande, OR 97850
You're invited to celebrate La Grande culture, food and drink, and art on First Fridays! On the first Friday of each month, Art Center East will offer after-hours social gatherings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm with complimentary refreshments. Enjoy our current exhibits, shop the Gift Gallery, and visit new artisan pop-up shops inside ACE’s historic building. Other La Grande businesses celebrating First Fridays include New York Richie’s, The Local, The Potter’s House and Rebel Woolworks.