• Arts Council

    We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established over 30 years ago to promote the visual and performing arts in Wallowa County and surrounding areas. Read More
  • Festival of Arts

    Our five-day gala event features a Film Festival, Plein Air Competition, Gallery Walk, Opening Night Artists' Reception with live music, and a Quick Draw Competition Read More
  • Quick Draw

    Each year the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts hosts an exciting, timed event in conjunction with our annual three-day Festival of Arts celebration on Saturday. Read More
  • Youth Arts Festival

    On Saturday May 3rd this year, the Wallowa Valley Arts Council sponsors this fun-filled exhibit of K – 12th grade art, hands-on art activities, and live music by our local youth. Read More
  • Children’s Theatre

    Each Spring the Wallowa Valley Arts Council sponsors this ever-popular touring musical performance featuring children, grades K – 12, participating from each of our school districts. Read More
  • Quilters’ Guild

    The Guild was founded in 1991 by Brandi Leaha Christianson and a small group of local quilters whose love for quilting prompted them to form their own local organization. Read More
  • Cultural Trust Coalition

    This WVAC Partnership Organization awards State of Oregon grant money to organizations and individuals within Wallowa County whose endeavors promote culture within the county. Read More
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Welcome to the Wallowa Valley Arts Council

Promoting Arts and Culture in N.E. Oregon

Let's Celebrate!

The Arts are the heart of all vibrant communities and the Wallowa Valley Arts Council has been at the hub for over thirty years. We were incorporated in 1983 to “act as a coordinating, educational, and service organization to foster, promote, encourage, and increase the knowledge, appreciation, and practice of the arts.” Over the years, our hundreds of dedicated volunteers have entertained us, cultivated our talents, enriched our environment and economy, and nurtured our young creative thinkers.

Join us as we continue to work with our community partners to bring an enthusiastic array of visual images, music, dance, and theater to our valley for your enjoyment and edification.

Collaborating With Us

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, WVAC and its team of volunteers has established an enduring track record of credibility.  We are an integral part of a community with common interests who know that we are indeed greater than the sum of our parts. We welcome your ideas and look forward to working with you.

Read more about how the Wallowa Valley Arts Council benefits our Arts Community and local economy by working with our schools, local and regional nonprofits, businesses and municipalities.  As an Umbrella Organization we serve our members and partners by helping establish new nonprofits, sponsoring annual events, writing grants, matching funds, and maintaining a home base which provides the essential underpinnings for future development, creativity, and FUN!

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Join Us!

Your Memberships and Donations are very important to us!

By joining our nonprofit organization you are helping support all of our community-based events and our ongoing arts programs directly, such as our annual Festival of Arts, Youth Arts Festival, and Missoula Children's Theatre. We have been 100% all-volunteers with no staff salaries and no building or utility costs for over thirty years.

This year we are offering free, one-year individual memberships with the purchase of your Opening Night Festival of Arts tickets to encourage your enrollment. Our membership numbers bolster our credibility when applying for grants and, because we post our events on our website, we will not put you on a mass-mailing list of any kind.

We welcome your input in developing our policies and priorities and offer you opportunities for networking and collaborations, artist alerts, grant applications, and a listing in our Artists Directory. Please take a few minutes and READ MORE about our rich history of community involvement and the support we provide as a Home Base for our partnering organizations.

We invite you to Join Now or Donate either on line or by mail.

Purchase a Membership Online here

Download printable membership mail-in form.

About the Wallowa Valley Arts Council

The Wallowa Valley Arts Council has a rich history of leading, promoting, and strengthening the Arts. Join us as we continue to work with our community partners to bring an enthusiastic array of visual images, music, dance, and theater to our valley for your enjoyment, enrichment, and edification.

Serving as Your Umbrella Organization

Incubation: WVAC takes great pride in having served as a temporary incubator and fiscal agent through the years for some of our valley’s most outstanding arts agencies including Fishtrap, Brass@Wallowa Lake, Woodwinds@Wallowa Lake  and most recently the private nonprofit titled The Josephy Center for the Arts and Culture located on Main Street, Joseph. We are happy to facilitate local arts-related groups with short-term needs to receive donations and grant funding while seeking their own independent status.

 Partnerships and Sponsorships: WVAC provides partnerships on a long-term basis for agencies such as the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, Night of Quick Draw, the Wallowa County Cultural Trust Coalition and the Wallowa Mountain Quilters' Guild. These agencies are financially self-determinate under our umbrella, while taking advantage of our group benefits. We also directly fund annual events as part of our own agency such as the Missoula Children’s Theater and the Youth Arts Festival, both of which have been ongoing since the 1980’s.

Over the years we have funded arts-related professional development workshops and sponsored entertainment events such as African dancers, Taiko Drummers, the Eugene Ballet, the Montana Repertory Theater, the Melodrama in Joseph, the Wallowa Lake Chamber Music Festival, and the Wallowa County Fiddlers Show, just to name a few. And we continue to seek future opportunities to partner with local agencies to enrich our public with a creative infusion of cultural education and diversity.

Essential Benefits:   Join up with us! The Wallowa Valley Arts Council provides a long list of essential “behind the scenes” benefits to our partners. These include general budget oversight, matching funds for granting opportunities, scholarships, paid professional bookkeeping and year-end tax preparation and filing, maintenance of our nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, website access and direct links, advertising brochures and rack cards, Wallowa County Chamber and Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council group membership dues, and coordination for event liability insurance coverage.

Grants and Matching Funds:   For over thirty years, our Council has provided matching money and received grants for events and community improvement projects such as stage lighting at the Enterprise-located OK Theater, and display track lighting for the Joseph Community Center. Presently, we have a fund solely dedicated to the advancement of Music for youth. This money creates another ideal opportunity to match funds for future grants and projects.

As always, we welcome your ideas and participation as we continue to grow our organization and tackle ever-widening spheres to advance the Arts in our communities.

Collaborating With Us

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, WVAC and its team of volunteers has established an enduring track record of credibility and has fostered a successful working relationship with our schools, local government, private businesses, and fellow regional and local nonprofits. We are a community of people with common interests who know that we are indeed greater than the sum of our parts. We welcome your ideas and look forward to working with you.

Schools: Since the 1980’s, WVAC has coordinated program development within our valley-wide school districts to enrich arts education for students grades K-12. We have sponsored the Artists in Residence program, the Artists in the Schools project, the annual Missoula Children’s Theater, the annual Youth Arts Festival, the Eagle Cap Fine Arts Camp, and provided scholarships for student participation in various opportunities including the Brass and Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake programs.

Regional: By joining forces with other major arts agencies in NE Oregon, the Wallowa Valley Arts Council has taken a lead role with Baker, Union, Umatilla, and Wallowa Counties to secure joint grant funding opportunities at the State and Federal levels. These regional collaborations recognize the value of leveraging the Arts to promote and maintain our vibrancy and economic stability.

Local: Today, Wallowa Valley Arts Council is actively collaborating with other long-standing nonprofits in the City of Joseph including the Joseph City Council, Joseph Public Library, Joseph Chamber of Commerce, Joseph Charter School, Wallowa County Museum, Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, and Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. With the technical assistance of a local grant writer, a community facilitator and an architectural design firm, we are serving as fiscal agent and arts advisor to evaluate community development and facilities needs, again serving as a willing, all-volunteer team player.

Incorporation and Nonprofit

The Wallowa Valley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, private nonprofit organization which was incorporated in 1983 to “act as a coordinating, educational, and service organization to foster, promote, encourage, and increase the knowledge, appreciation, and practice of the arts.” Our by-laws state, “The mission of the Wallowa Valley Arts Council is to advance and promote the state of all of the arts in Wallowa County.” Over the years, our hundreds of dedicated volunteers have entertained us, cultivated our talents, enriched our environment and economy, and nurtured our young creative thinkers.

Certificate of Incorporation (pdf)

Articles of Incorporation (pdf)

WVAC 990s

WVAC_2012_990EZ.pdf

WVAC_2011_990EZ.pdf

WVAC_2010_990EZ.pdf

Officers and Board of Directors

Meeting Times and Places

The WVAC Board of Directors normally meets monthly, the second Monday, 5:30 p.m. at The Outlaw Restaurant, 108 N Main Street, Joseph, 541-432-4321, www.theoutlawrestaurant.com. We invite you to join us for a brief dinner, meeting agenda, and share with us your ideas and proposals. To confirm definite time, date, and place please contact Shelley Curtiss, Pres. WVAC, or another board member.

Because we want your input, our meeting place could change to various locations in the County. If you would like us to schedule a meeting nearer to you, contact us and let us know!

Memberships and Donations

We highly value your membership participation and monetary support. This allows us to sponsor annual events such as the Missoula Children’s Theater and Youth Art Festival, provide basic expense support for our partners, and apply for grants with matching funds.

What we offer you as a member is a role in supporting our arts community with tax-deductible donations, a voice in developing policies and priorities, networking possibilities, artist opportunity alerts, and inclusion in our Artist Directory Listing on our website.

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