ArtSpark Eugene is a gala event and auction to celebrate arts in our schools and most importantly to fundraise for the arts education program. 2019 is at The Shedd Institute of the Arts in Eugene in the newly remodeled facility. It will be an exciting evening in this arts venue. See the video of the 2018 ArtSpark Gala (right)

Friday, April 26, 2019

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 7:10 pm Welcome

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

8:25 pm to 8:30 pm closing remarks

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

Master of Ceremonies: Don Essig

Dinner and Entertainment

Wine Wall

Dessert Dash

Art Auction

Individual $100 per person

Table of 8 $800

Balcony Seats without dinner. $20 (Scholarships available)

CLICK HERE to purchase!


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

Auctioneer: Sid Voorhees


Includes art projects created by students from area elementary schools.

Special artists donated items


Thanks to all the Sponsors for the 2019 ArtSpark Gala and Auction. If you or your company are interested in being involved with the gala and the ongoing in school Artists In Residency program please contact the Rotary Club of Eugene and its members and Lane Arts Council. Members of the ArtSpark Eugene committee will continue to contact sponsors for the 2019 opportunity.


ArtSpark Eugene is a collaborative initiative led by the Rotary Club of Eugene, Lane Arts Council, the Eugene Education Foundation, and Eugene School District 4J to provide every elementary school in Eugene 4J with high-quality arts education.

The Arts and Business Partnership Award recognizes an outstanding, impactful partnership between a local business and local artists or arts organization. This commendation celebrates collaborations that stimulate innovation, create economic growth, and elevate the overall quality of life in the Southern Willamette Valley.

Pictured: Michael Syman-Degler and Pete Gribskov, ArtSpark Co-chairs, Liora Sponko, Director of Lane Arts Council, Rebecca Sprinson, Director of Eugene Education Foundation, and Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent of Eugene School District 4J. All are members of the Rotary Club of Eugene.

Doing good for the children of the community. 

View a video about the award from the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene.


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.


With the 2018 Gala, ArtSpark Eugene raised enough to provide an arts education to every one of the kids that attend 4J elementary schools 2018-19. A successful 2019 event will ensure that arts support continues in 2019-20. 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.

CONTACT ARTSPARK! Info@artsparkeugene.org

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Check back on this blog. We will update as the days get closer to the ArtSpark Eugene event on April 18th, 2019

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