Funding arts education in 4J schools, Rotary Club of Eugene, Lane Arts Council and Eugene Education Foundation present The ArtSpark Eugene Gala and Auction -April 26th at the newly remodeled Shedd!




The arts are essential for learning and developing a well-rounded education. Through their experience in the arts, young people get to explore their creativity and develop critical thinking skills that will support them in any future endeavor. Research shows that students’ participation in the arts increases student engagement and graduation rates. In addition, “Students who study the arts seriously are taught to see better, to envision, to persist, to be playful and learn from mistakes, to make critical judgments and justify such judgments,” (Hetland and Winner, 2007).

ArtSpark supports Lane Arts Council’s artist residency program to provide students with high-quality arts experiences. The Rotary Club of Eugene, Lane Arts Council and Eugene Education Foundation is ensuring every elementary school in Eugene has at least one artist residency. Professional teaching artists engage young people in memorable arts experiences that align with academic learning objectives.  Schools select an artist from their teaching artist roster, including artists who teach ceramics, murals, tile portraiture, silk painting, puppetry and more. Artists residencies are customized based on the schools’ needs and are generally  2-4 weeks in length.

Check out Erick Merrow’s movie from 2017 at the top of the screen



ArtSpark Eugene is a gala event and auction to celebrate art in our schools and most importantly to fundraise for the arts education program. 2018 will again be at the Shedd Institute of the Arts in Eugene in the newly remodeled facility. It will be an exciting evening in this arts venue. The schedule will be the same as it was so successful in 2017.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Social Time

6:00 pm to 7:45 pm Silent Auction- Closes at 7:45

6:00 pm to 7:50 pm Raffle- Closes at 7:50

7:00 pm to 7:05 pm Welcome- Michael Syman-Degler, Pete Gribskov & Liora Sponko

7:05 pm to 7:10 pm Honorary Chair

7:10 pm to 7:15 pm Oral Auction

7:15 pm to 7:40 pm Dinner

7:40 pm to 8:00 pm Oral Auction

8:00 pm to 8:05 pm Video

8:05 pm to 8:10 pm Kids Talk

8:10 pm to 8:20 pm Paddle Raise

8:20 pm to 8:25 pm Raffle drawing 3 items

8:25 pm to 8:30 pm closing remarks

Shedd Institute for the Arts, East Broadway and High Street, Eugene

Honorary Chair: TBA

Master of Ceremonies: TBA

Dinner and Entertainment

Wine Wall

Dessert Dash

Art Auction

Individual $75 per person

Table of 8 $600

CLICK HERE to purchase!



Oral Auction features significant art provided by Local Artists plus exciting Excursion Trips.

Auctioneer: Sid Voorhees

ArtSpark Eugene is now opening up the opportunities for sponsors and artists to participate.

Last year’s auction items were fantastic. Here’s a few examples

Last year included: Yachats On the Beach Getaway. 3 Nights. Value $800

Last year included: Ninilchik, Alaska 4 day Fishing Trip. Value $5,000

Last year included: Week Stay at Cabo San Lucas Condo –Value $2,295

Heisman Trophy Winner Marcus Mariota Signed Football

Last year included: Coach Dana Altman size 16 Nikes

Last year included: Guest Chef Shelly Shirk created dinner with Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent of 4J Schools.

Last year included: Natural Oregon Maple Burl Bowls. 17, 14 and 9″ –Value $800



Includes art projects created by students from area elementary schools.

Special artists donated items

We’re kicking off the planning for the 2018 gala. Check back for new and exciting items






The Sponsor opportunities for ArtSpark Eugene 2018 are now open. If you or your company are interested please contact the Rotary Club of Eugene and its members and Lane Arts Council. Members of the ArtSpark Eugene 2018 committee will be contacting sponsors from last year for the 2018 opportunity. We’re looking to provide the same opportunity for new sponsors.



With the 2017 Gala, ArtSpark Eugene raised enough to provide an arts education to every one of the kids that attend 4J elementary schools 2017-18. A successful 2018 event will ensure that arts support continues in 2018-19. If you wish to make an electronic donation to this noble effort, click donate and indicate the funds will be going to Artists in Residence. if you want to send a check kindly use the address and information under the donate bar. Any amount is appropriate. Thank you for your support. Watch the movie at the top to see how much the kids appreciate it.

If you want to send a check of support for the Arts Education Program, mail and make checks payable to Rotary Club of Eugene ArtSpark. 501c receipt will be sent to your indicated return address.

Rotary Club of Eugene ArtSpark

PO Box 1184, Eugene OR 97440




There are volunteering opportunities available helping the artists in residence. Watch the video to see former Rotary Club President Michael Syman-Degler volunteering at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. ArtSpark Eugene and the Lane Arts Council arts education program will be an on-going effort and volunteer opportunities in the schools, the annual event and sponsorships will be continually available for the foreseeable future.

send an email via the Contact link if you are interested in participating.


8 + 3 =



Check back on this blog. We will update as the days get closer to the ArtSpark Eugene event on April 26th

Art Spark Eugene Kicks off for 2018

October 10, ArtSpark Eugene kicked off for the April 26, 2018 Gala and Auction. Total success for 2017. Join in. Donate your art, donate your money and donate your time. So much fun. Such a good thing to do. And get ready for the art event of the year on April 26,...

Total Success

The ArtSpark original goal was to go from 2 schools to 4 doubling the effort. ArtSpark 2017 was so successful and such a fun affair that the goal was far surpassed. Arts Education is now offered in 10 area schools and thousands of students. The goal for the 2018...

Gaining Momentum

Art Spark Eugene is gaining momentum for the April 27th Gala and Auction. It's an idea whose time has come. Art back in the schools. Sponsors, art, trips, volunteers and donors all lining up for a great evening, and most important for support of this important aspect...

Art Spark Eugene Movie Available

Eric Merrow's Art Spark Eugene Movie is now available on the Art Spark Eugene, Rotary Club of Eugene and Lane Arts Council websites. Only 5 minute long movie that paints a great picture of fundraising about the Artists in Resident program for Eugene 4j Schools. Sit...

ArtSpark Eugene Presents Tuesday 3-7

The ArtSpark Eugene Committee will present to sponsoring Rotary Club of Eugene at the regular weekly meeting, Tuesday, noon, at the Hilton. See what's been happening up to now. And how members can join in the work and fun! The big event is in 7 weeks at the Shedd....