The Observer. (La Grande, Or.) 1968-current, September 01, 2022, Thursday Edition, Page 13, Image 13

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AUG. 31�SEPT. 7
ACE continues capital campaign
By Lisa Britton
Go! Magazine
LA GRANDE — In an eff ort to expand
access to its second fl oor, Art Center
East continues to conduct a capital cam-
paign to install an ADA accessible lift.
The project will cost an estimated
$300,000. Thus far, the community has
contributed $20,000 and the city of La
Grande has committed a $50,000 match.
Local engineers, architects and contrac-
tors have provided advice and estimates
pro bono.
Grants include $24,441 from the Ore-
gon Cultural Trust and $10,000 from the
Union Pacifi c Foundation.
“These numbers indicate strong
support locally for ACE programs and
mission to inspire, enrich and interlace
Eastern Oregon communities through
creative expression,” said Abigail Shown,
ACE development coordinator.
ACE has set a goal of raising $50,000
locally, and staff is pursuing grant oppor-
tunities to fund the remaining balance.
ACE, 1006 Penn Ave., is inside the
1913 Carnegie Library building. Follow-
ing a 2018 Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) assessment and a community
survey in which 95% of respondents
indicated support for adding an
elevator or lift to the ACE facility, the
organization began to collect resources
for construction.
Find out more about Art Center East’s
improvement project and events
at Current
regular gallery hours at 1006 Penn
Ave., La Grande, are Wednesday
through Friday from noon-5 p.m. and
Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Galleries
are open to the public and admission
is always free. Exhibits can also be
viewed on the center’s website.
Yearly support of Art Center East isn’t
always in the monetary form — according
to Shown, in the past year 87 volunteers
donated more than 1,000 hours.
ACE’s membership numbers 1,300
with 193 new in 2022.
Every year, the center sees approxi-
mately 20,000 visitors and about 30,000
visit the website to fi nd information about
classes, events and art shows.
And speaking about classes — ACE
off ers more than 500 every year and has
a roster of 63 teaching artists. Each class
averages fi ve to 10 students.
“Through programs such as youth arts
classes, Artists in Rural Schools, outreach
booths and activities, Community Music
Ensembles and more, we reach an average
of 2,571 local youth every year,” Shown said.
ACE’s gift gallery features 48 artists, and
September 10th at Churchill School
River Wynn/Contributed Photo
Art Center East is located in the 1913 Carnegie Library building in La Grande. The
arts organization is running a capital campaign to install a lift to make the second
fl oor ADA accessible.
the center presents 12 exhibits each year.
ACE has several ways to donate in
support of this capital campaign.
One is through GoFundMe. To use this
avenue, go to and search
for “Give the Arts a Lift.”
Another option is to donate by check,
with “Capital Campaign” in the memo.
Donations can be mailed to ACE, PO Box
541 La Grande, OR 97850, or dropped off
at the center, 1006 Penn Ave.
For more information, call 541-624-
2800 or go online to
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