La Grande Music, Art & Culture
A symphony orchestra, live theatre, art galleries, studio tours and arts-related businesses all contribute to Union County’s burgeoning arts community. La Grande’s historic Carnegie Library has been converted into an art center that offers a variety of classes, programs and events. Galleries and other businesses in downtown have joined together to sponsor a Third Thursday Art Walk that takes place monthly throughout the year. Area arts studios are available for tours.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CULTURAL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS IN LA GRANDE, VISIT: www.lagrandelife.com
ART CENTER: AT THE OLD LIBRARY
The mission of the Union County Art & Culture Center [aka Art Center at the Old Library] is to provide our community with opportunities to be enriched by art and culture. A lot has changed since all the books were moved away! La Grande now has an art gallery with year round exhibits of local and regional artists, ceramics studio with a new electric kiln (courtesy of Community Bank), drawing and painting studio, ever growing list of kids and adult art classes. Visit http://artcenterlagrande.org/
THE GRANDE RONDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Since 1947, The Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continuous orchestra in Oregon! This community orchestra made up of college students, and other community members, has been a staple of Eastern Oregon music culture. Look for the Orchestra to perform four annual concerts at the McKenzie Theater of EOU. Visit http://granderondesymphony.org/
Music Art & Culture at Eastern Oregon University is a driving force for development of the area’s arts community. EOU’s Nightingale Gallery features numerous exhibits throughout the year (local and visiting artists). The music department is well recognized for the quality of its faculty and its choral students. And the theater department sponsors several quality productions every year. The result is continual events that set La Grande and Union County apart from all other communities in Eastern Oregon. Visit http://www.eou.edu/
THE LIBERTY THEATER, LA GRANDE
An effort is under way to bring a 1910-era vaudeville theater in downtown La Grande back to life. The Liberty Theater will become a regional performing arts center within the next few years if a volunteer fundraising effort is successful. Visit The Liberty Theater on Facebook.
THE ELGIN OPERA HOUSE
Elsewhere in Union County, Elgin boasts the historic Elgin Opera House, which celebrates its centennial in 2012.The opera house sponsors and organizes local theater productions and hosts various touring musical groups. Visit The Elgin Opera House on Facebook.
In Union, visit the popular Union County Museum and its Cowboys Then and Now Exhibit as well as numerous local historic displays.