Why support the Ashland Art Center:

When you support Ashland Art Center you know you’re supporting a vital source of art education, inspiration and economic support right here in southern Oregon. Here are 10 more reasons to support the arts: 

  1. Arts are fundamental to our humanity.
  2. Arts improve academic performance.
  3. Arts strengthen the economy. The arts generate $135 billion in economic activity annually that supports 4.1 million jobs and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue.
  4. Arts are good for local merchants. Art events generate valuable revenue for local businesses and the community.
  5. Arts drive tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences.
  6. Arts are an export industry. U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) grew to $75 billion in 2012, while imports were just $27 billion—a $47 billion arts trade surplus.
  7. Arts spark creativity and innovation. The Conference Board reports that creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders.
  8. Arts have social impact. a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower crime and poverty rates.
  9. Arts improve healthcare. Nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff.
  10. Arts mean business. 3.9 percent of all businesses and 1.9 percent of all employees in the US are in arts related fields.

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Join the Ashland Art Center Legacy Society:
Contributors who include a provision for the Ashland Art Center in their estate plans become members of the AAC Legacy Society. A bequest provision in a will, living trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan all qualify for membership. Life income gifts such as charitable trusts and charitable gift annuities naming AAC a beneficiary also qualify. Click here for more information.

Become an Artist Member:
As an artist member, you get some incredible benefits and support. Click here to learn more.

Become a Community Member: 
As a community member, you know that you make a real difference in local arts. You also get…

  • Tuition discounts on selected classes, presentations and workshops,
  • Discounts on classroom rentals
  • The Artists Voice, AAC’s newsletter, emailed to your inbox
  • Members who give $250 or more also receive complimentary tickets to Art Inspires Ashland, our annual meet and greet event.

Become a Volunteer:
The Ashland Art Center is an all-inclusive, non-profit educational institution that is community oriented and run. Current volunteer opportunities include. . .

  • helping special needs students and those with disabilities to participate and stay engaged in a classroom setting
  • help with the setting up, duration of, and clean up after our youth art classes (FREE expressions, kids clay, and Pre-K Art)
  • help out during our First Friday  and other Art Center events
  • Work the front counter in our retail space, meeting customers and acting as cashier

Get in touch with us at: ashartcent@gmail.com to learn more or to volunteer!