Arts for All encourages community art-making

Arts for All

Screen Shot 2018-04-10 at 11.11.46 AMThe 31st annual Arts for All will take place April 20-21 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande. Art Center East hosts this free event, which includes 25 engaging and educational art stations featuring a wide variety of artistic mediums and styles.

Activities range from throwing pottery on a wheel, creating a gyotaku-style fish print and trying your hand at stop-motion animation to exploring your creative side through an array of painting, drawing, collage and sculpting. Arts for All has something for everyone, young and old.

Arts for All spans two days. The first day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20, is a quieter day with fewer activity stations, intended for community members who would benefit from less sensory stimulation and smaller crowds. The next day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21, includes the full activity lineup and is open to all community members.

Admission both days is free. Food will be available for purchase on site during event hours on Saturday.

Thanks to a partnership with the Oregon Folklife Network, Art Center East will be presenting Mark Ross, a fiddle/banjo musician from Eugene, who will perform live at Arts for All this year.

Arts for All has been a popular event in La Grande for more than 30 years. Originally run by the City of La Grande, Art Center East took over coordination and fundraising for the event in 2016. Since then, Art Center East has worked to develop activity stations focused on artistic mediums and techniques less accessible to children and adults at home. The purpose of Arts for All is to provide an opportunity for all community members to experience creativity in a festive and inviting space, a goal that fits with Art Center East’s mission to inspire and facilitate maximum participation in the arts.

The 2018 event sponsor is Brent Wylam of Allstate Insurance. Arts for All is also made possible in part through contributions from local businesses and organizations and a generous gift from the La Grande Arts Commission to help fund the event through 2020.

“It takes a village to build a vibrant arts community,” according to the Art Center East press release for the event. To find out about contributing, go to

Blue Mountain Conference Center is located at 404 12th St., La Grande. Inquiries before the event may be directed to Art Center East, 541-624-2800. Art Center East will be closed on April 20-21 to facilitate the event. Art Center East will be open for its regularly scheduled programming on April 23-24, but ACE offices, Gift Gallery and the Main and Co-Op Galleries will be closed.

Art Center East is located at 1006 Penn Avenue in La Grande.

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