Press Release - ACA Elects Board

Arts & Culture Alliance Elects Board of Directors

The Arts & Culture Alliance (ACA) announces the results of their first Board elections and adoption of bylaws in their first step to become a 501(c)(3) organization. Established as an initiative of Bend 2030, the Arts & Culture Alliance has operated under the fiscal sponsorship of Arts Central since 2011. In the three years since its creation, the member-funded alliance has grown to 33 members representing the leading arts and culture organizations and businesses from around Central Oregon. The transition to non-profit status, to be completed in January 2014, enables the ACA to better meet its mission to promote Central Oregon as a cultural destination and to promote and strengthen collaboration within the art and culture community. The new board takes over management of the Alliance from its previously member-elected Steering Committee on January 1, 2014.

Elected as Board Chair is Kevin Barclay from the Deschutes Public Library. Matt Schiffman from the Arts, Beautification and Culture Commission will be the Vice Chair, and Jo Ann Thompson from Central Oregon Mastersingers, Secretary. The Treasurer position remains open, and the ACA elected five General Board Members: Pam Beezley from the Sunriver Music Festival, Kelly Cannon-Miller from the Deschutes County Historical Society, Amy Mentuck from The Nature of Words, Ray Solley from the Tower Theatre Foundation, and Marsha Stout from Arts Central.

Recognizing the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy, the Arts & Culture Alliance was formed in May of 2010. The Arts and Culture Alliance realizes the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy. The ACA understands the need for collaboration and networking; their shared purpose in working together to promote the arts and supporting each other establishes a collective voice.

Central Oregon’s creative economy has an incredible impact on the health of the region; in addition to the jobs and influx of dollars spent in our cities, creative opportunities create more livable communities and attract visitors and residents who desire a well-rounded lifestyle: recreation and craft beers go hand in hand with live music, art galleries and outdoor festivals.

The economic impact of the creative arts in Central Oregon is growing, and ACA is dedicated to work to enhance the visibility of the region's cultural assets.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance

ACA members include: 2nd Street Theater; Art in Public Places; Art in the High Desert; Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission, Arts Central, Atelier 6000, Bella Acappella Harmony, Bend Chamber of Commerce, Bend Dance Project, BendFilm, Caldera, Cascade Arts & Entertainment, Cascade Chorale, Cascades Theatrical Co., Central Oregon Mastersingers, Central Oregon Symphony Association, COCC Barber Library Rotunda Gallery, Des Chutes Historical Museum, Deschutes Public Library, High Desert Chamber Music, High Desert Journal, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Lubbesmeyer Studio, Mockingbird Gallery, Museum at Warm Springs, Redmond Community Concert Association, Roundhouse Foundation, Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sunriver Music Festival, Sunriver Stars Community Theater, Terpsichorean Dance Studio, The Nature of Words & Tower Theatre Foundation.

Membership is open to creative arts practitioners, non-profits, businesses, artists, groups and organizations that focus on the arts. Please visit, or contact Michelle Solley for more

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