• creative visual arts programs |
• ongoing exhibitions
• art and craft classes|
• educational public programs
• special events|
Join us and experience the possiblities of visual creative expression!
Art of the Creche IV: Folk Nativities from Around the World
November 19th - January 9th
The Art Center is pleased tobe able to offer another installment in our series of nativities from around the globe. This features a private collection of nativities or creches from many countries and locales. Come take a world tour through these folk art creations and enjoy.
Next Event: Souper Bowl 2017
Mark your calendars as Souper Bowl is coming! Tickets are all ready on sale at the Art Center, and make a great gift. For those that have never been, our annual Soup Dinner Fundraiser is more than just a fundraiser, it is a great night out. Enjoy a soup dinner with dessert and take home an orginal handmade soup bowl made by one of our talented members or instructors. Bowls on view for seletion the week prior to the event, and at the event. Carry out is available for those that want to eat at home or treat someone else. Dinner seatngs at 5, 6, and 7pm. Seating is limited. Tickets are $30 and on sale now at the Oak Ridge Art Center.
The Annual Fund
In the past several years, the Arts in Tennessee have been blessed with a dedicated stream of funds from "vanity
plates" - specialty license plates that individuals may elect to purchase. This
"splurge" for most of us, is a perfect way to
symbolize and fund the individual and sometimes very creative side of
Tennesseans. Who wouldn't love seeing "CRE8TIV" on a Tennessee tag?
These funds by law were dedicated to the arts in Tennessee and have been used
for arts grants to Tennessee agencies across the state, like the Art Center. This
year, the funds dropped significantly, like a million and a half dollars worth!
The effect was a big hit to the grants for all arts agencies and we were no
exception. Although we ranked 1st in our category, our grant award was
significantly lower than expected - creating about an $8,000 shortfall in our
budget that we must address. This makes our Annual Fund, a main stay of our
program in normal years, even more important this year. The Art Center is not
funded by the City of Oak Ridge or the County government so your assistance is
We have several members who have elected to contribute to the Annual Fund on
a monthly basis. Monthly contributions enable these special members to
contribute at a higher level without breaking their monthly budgets and helps the
Art Center maintain a consistent funding stream. This wonderful assistance is a
terrific way to help support the Art Center for those who can participate. Our
sincerest thanks to monthly contributors from last year: Dot and Robert
Hightower, Jan Hill, Cleva Marrow, Lorene Sigal, and Phil Stumbo & Janie
Every Gift Counts
Every gift to the Annual Fund is both important and appreciated - no matter the
size. It is through the generosity of our members and friends that we maintain
our programs today. We hope you will consider a gift to the Art Center and
help us continue to be a strong visual arts presence into the future.