Who are We?
In 1960s the grassroots, innovative effort of artists, civic leaders, and university art departments was quite radical: they set out to establish the Corvallis Arts Council as the first community-based arts organization in the State of Oregon, and 27th in the United States. We changed our name to The Arts Center in 2008 with the goal of becoming inclusive of all people seeking connections to the arts.
In 2023, we will celebrate 60 years at the center of community creativity for our city and region through our exhibition, education, and professional development opportunities.
The Arts Center inspires creativity and contributes to community well-being through equitable access to and engagement with the visual arts.
We collaborate to offer exhibitions, learning opportunities, artist development, and cultural events centered on art, artists and art enthusiasts in the greater Corvallis area.
Sustainability of the Arts into the Future: The Arts Center is in an organization-wide learning project to examine all previous dominant cultural practices and decision-making systems, to move toward the just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive arts organization needed by all people in our communities. To learn more or request information, contact Executive Director, Cynthia Spencer-Hadlock .