Who we are.
The Arts Council is a charitable, non-profit organization founded in 1975 to promote and support the arts community in Southern Oregon. We are non-competitive, enlisting artists, arts organizations, patrons, and grantors as our partners in promoting the value and accessibility of all the arts. We provide vital information for artists, residents and tourists, alike. All our activities focus on collaboration to ensure a vibrant and diverse arts community is always available.
What We Are Doing.
For more than a year we have been working with The Heart of Medford Association to develop a Third Friday Night art event in downtown Medford. The event has developed into a fun and entertaining way to spend a Friday night in the heart of Medford.
For the last 4 years, we have worked with the Lithia Spring Alternative School to provided a music enrichement program to their students. The Reed and Carolee Walker Fund has once again supported this project, so we will be able to continue this program through the 2013 school year.
ACSO is the fiscal sponsor for the Jackson County Cutural Coalition. JCCC is the local granting board for the Oregon Cultural Trust grants. Each year JCCC provides grants to our local art, Heritage and humanities oreganizations.
ACSO has recently become the fiscal sponsor for Art Presence and the Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville. This is an artist coalition that has created a space to allow artists to show their work and put on art shows. In the future there will be space for classes and they are looking for more ideas to help promote art in the area.
The Road Ahead.
We are currently working with several organizations in Jackson and Josephine County to help us redefine what services we can provide to the arts community as a whole.