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Our Mission

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.

Commitment to Justice, Equity & Transparency

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 2020, The Arts Center began an organization-wide process of learning and change to examine and address discriminatory policies, dominant cultural practices, and decision-making systems with the goal of becoming a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive arts organization. We are actively working to embed justice, equity, and transparency into every level of our organization. We invite individuals who share our commitment to this goal to join our team and to help shape a more just and equitable future for our organization as well as for the communities we serve.

In 2023, we will celebrate 60 years at the center of community creativity for our city and region.

Read more: 2021 Mid-Year Impact Report

Our Program Pillars:

  • Connect art lovers, learners and creators through outstanding public programs.
  • Collaborate to offer experiences, opportunities, artist development, and cultural events.
  • Create and sustain dynamic partnerships to contribute to community well-being through the arts.

To learn more or request information, contact Executive Director, Cynthia Spencer-Hadlock .

Memberships, donations, and volunteers make all of this possible!

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