Helping to fund arts education in area schools, Rotary Club of Eugene and Lane Arts Council present The Art Spark Eugene Gala and Auction -April 27th at the Shedd!


We believe that 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 will support Lane Arts Council’s artist residency program and provide students with high-quality arts experiences. The Rotary Club of Eugene has a vision to provide every elementary school in Eugene with 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 Eric Merrow’s Movie at the top. Fun and informative. Only 5 minutes to get the picture on Art Spark Eugene!!


ArtSpark Eugene is a gala event to celebrate art in our schools and most importantly to fundraise for the arts education program. Held at the Shedd Institute of the Arts in Eugene, it will be fun, fascinating and enriching.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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 Nancy Golden- 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: Nancy Golden

Master of Ceremonies: Don Essig

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

Yachats On the Beach Getaway. 3 Nights. Value $800

Ninilchik, Alaska 4 day Fishing Trip. Value $5,000

Week Stay at Cabo San Lucas Condo –Value $2,295

Heisman Trophy Winner Marcus Mariota Signed Football

Coach Dana Altman size 16 Nikes

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

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


Includes art projects created by students from Cesar Chavez and McCornack Elementary Schools.

Special artists bags filled with great stuff from sponsors. Bags have the following sponsor themes:

University of Oregon

5th Street Market




Music / Entertainment

Self Care / Mental Health

Legal / Attorneys





Thanks! to all the great sponsors who have supported the Art Spark Eugene event to fund arts education in our area schools.


The Arts Education Program is an on-going service to our schools and our kids. Through this program, 574 kids received art training last time with the Rotary Club of Eugene’s support. This year through the ArtSpark Eugene fundraising the goal is to at least double that with over 1,200 kids receiving art education. And if additional donations are made to the program more kids will benefit. The goal ultimately is to provide an art education to every one of the thousands of kids that attend 4J schools. 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 Art Spark. 501c receipt will be sent to your indicated return address.

Rotary Club of Eugene Art Spark

PO Box 1184, Eugene OR 97440



There are volunteering opportunities available helping the artists in residence. Click the video to see an example when former Rotary Club President Michael Syman-Degler volunteered at César Chåvez Elementary School. Art Spark 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 in contact if you have an interest to participate in this outstanding program.


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Check back on this blog. We will update as the days get closer to the Art Spark Eugene event on April 27th

Gaining Momentum

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