Lane Arts Council

Sarah-Kate Sharkey

Hundreds of artists are coming to Eugene to take part in Visual Arts Week, kicking off this Friday.

Tiffany Eckert

In Oregon’s education budget, school arts programs tend to get the short shrift. To make this up—districts often rely on community-based support to ensure students receive some arts education. This is what’s happening in Lane County. KLCC visits one school in the Bethel District to see an artist-in-residence program in action.

(Alec Cowan/KLCC)

For Eugene 20x21 Mural Project Japanese artist Aiko is bringing stencil work and heritage to the city streets. She’s painting her mural on 6th street’s Parcade across from the Hult Center. To learn more, KLCC’s Alec Cowan brings us this audio postcard. 

Recorded On: February 23, 2018

Air Date: February 26, 2018

Last year, Eugene was chosen from 47 cities that vied to be the next Mozilla Gigabit City. Winners receive national recognition and grants totaling $300,000 for projects utilizing emerging technology to improve education and expand workforce development.  Eugene was chosen because of its collaborative tech community, supportive environment for startups, and widely deployed fiber infrastructure.

Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the role of the arts in the community, including why art is vital within education, and where the boundaries of social commentary should be within public art.  Mayor Vinis guest hosts Lane Arts Council’s First Friday Art Walk on May 5th.

  Liora Sponko, Executive Director of the Lane Arts Council, speaks about the role of nonprofit organizations in the continued health of the arts world, including a new approach to middle school arts education via the collaborative ArtCore program. She also talks about the collaboration between businesses and artists to increase opportunities for the display of visual arts, and the best strategies for inclusion of the Latino community and other ethnic groups within the arts. 

  Artist Henk Pander has been one of Oregon’s  foremost artists for the past half century, since arriving from his native Netherlands. His vivid and intense work has ranged from depictions influenced by a childhood growing up under the Nazi occupation of his homeland, to official portraits of Oregon Governors Tom McCall and John Kitzhaber. In conjunction with the Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk in Eugene on November 6th, he’ll give the month’s Art Talk at the downtown Lane Community College campus at 6 p.m. He speaks with Eric Alan.

Los Cumbiamberos, Live at KLCC

Sep 3, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

Lane Arts Council presents Fiesta Cultural, a county-wide initiative that celebrates Latino arts and culture. It will include events in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove, beginning with the First Friday Art Walk on September 4th.

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Arts and cultural organizations around the state will benefit from this year’s record-breaking Oregon Cultural Trust grants. The awards, totaling $2.6 million dollars, are up 30 percent over last year.

The Oregon Cultural Trust is funded by Oregon residents, who receive tax credits for their donations. This year’s record high giving, together with a legislative change to the distribution model, allowed the Trust to distribute more money than ever. The Lane Arts Council received over $21,000 for an “arts asset map.” Executive Director Liora Sponko explains:

Guiding Theatrical Space through Set Design

Jun 4, 2015

Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will give a talk called “Guiding Space: An Exploration of Set Design in the Theater,” as part of Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk on Friday, June 5th at 5:30 p.m. It will be at Oregon Contemporary Theatre, moderated by Bob Keefer. Christopher Acebo speaks with Eric Alan about using minimalism to engage the audience’s imagination, and the beauty of limitations.

ArtCore is a new arts education program to be implemented in five Lane County Schools, through a partnership between the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), Lane Arts Council, the Springfield Public Schools and others. Ross Anderson, Senior Lead Researcher at EPIC, and Liora Sponko, executive director of Lane Arts Council, speak with Eric Alan about the $2.2 million program.

Look Me In the Eye

Sep 3, 2014

As part of Oregon Supported Living Program’s “Look Me in the Eye” educational campaign for adults with developmental disabilities, Lincoln Gallery presents an art exhibit with that theme. Resident artist Mija Andrade speaks with Eric Alan about the role of art in overcoming barriers between people.

Sculptor Jud Turner and the Art of Repurposing

Jun 5, 2014

Sculptor Jud Turner speaks with Eric Alan about "The Art of Repurposing," particularly in connection with his recent sculpture "Blind Eye Sees All (No Secrets Anymore)," created in response to recent surveillance issues in America. Jud Turner will launch the Lane Arts Council's new ArtTalk series as part of the First Friday ArtWalk in Eugene on Friday, June 6th.