Arts for All focuses on recycling, upcycling

Earth Day

LA GRANDE — With Earth Day just around the corner, the staff and volunteers at Art
Center East decided to incorporate the theme in this year’s Arts for All.

“Art projects are often thrown away, so it’ll be nice to show kids how they can create using recycled household items,” said Stephanie Boudreau, who volunteers at ACE. “Hopefully, they’ll walk away with some new ideas on how to use junk mail for art.”

Of the 25 different arts activity stations slated for this year’s event, Boudreau said about 20 were set up by ACE.

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Among the activities provided by the art center, Boudreau said there will be sphere art made from cereal boxes or thick calendar pages, masks and egg carton turtles.

“I volunteered early in February to get this (year’s event) ready,” Boudreou said.

She said ACE, which is led by Executive Director Mika Morton, Art Director Darcy Dolge and Programs Coordinator Deb Chandler, has had six open studios to get volunteers organized.

“We had open studios so the people running the stations can practice what they’re doing or cutting up and painting materials (to get it ready for the crafts),” Boudreau said.

Arts for All is open to children of all ages, skill levels and abilities.

The first day is dedicated for individuals with special needs to create art from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 14. The next day is open to all community members from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Arts for All will be at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St.,
La Grande.

Arts for All is an annual event that provides free arts activities to the community. The project was previously under the direction of the La Grande Arts Commission, but this will be ACE’s second time organizing the two-day event.

“Art Center East is excited and honored to (continue to) carry on the values held by the La Grande Arts Commission to promote the arts in our local communities by ensuring the longevity of these two long-standing events that support artists and youth,” according to a press release sent by the art center.

Other community organizations have joined the effort, with groups including EOU Athletics, Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, Grande Ronde Symphony, the Liberty Theater and La Grande Parks and Recreation running activities throughout the event.

Transportation support will be provided by Legacy Chrysler Jeep Dodge of La Grande.

Call Art Center East at 541-624-2800 for more information.

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