Our grantors are critical in the growth of the Willamette Art Center, and impact our ability to provide quality arts programming for the community.
Grantors allow the Friends of the Visual Arts (“Friends”) dba Willamette Art Center to reach out to area schools, and continue to support our “Give Back to the Community” activities.
City of Salem Cultural and Tourism Promotion Advisory Board (TOT)
The Friends would like to thank the city of Salem for their on-going support of the center. In 2009, we received a grant to remodel and begin our Oaks Gallery. From 2009 to the present we have received special events grants to support the activities of the Artisans’ Village managed through the center. Also, from 2009 to the present we have received operational grants supporting the programs and daily business of the Willamette Art Center.
Oregon Cultural Trust
The Friends is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and a member of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Oregon Arts Commission
The Friends is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency.
The Grand Hotel in Salem
The Friends would like to thank the Grand Hotel for their generous support in sponsoring the Empty Bowls event. Their marketing, promotion and volunteers have helped to make this event more successful each year. The Grand Hotel in 2015, partnered with the Willamette Art Center for our first annual “ All Fired Up for Art” benefit and art auction.
The Friends would like to thank Travel Salem for their continuous guidance and support in promoting, marketing, and advertising. Their efforts every day help to spread the word about events at the center.
Marion Polk Food Share
The Friends would like to thank Marion Polk Food share for partnering with us in efforts to aid the hungry in our local community. MPFS sponsors marketing and advertising to spread the word for the Empty Bowls event, and in return we have been able to give back over $100,000 over the past eight years.
The Friends would like to thank Salem Electric for their continuous sponsorship support of the Empty Bowls project. Funding support helps to offset the costs of clay and firings of the more than 1400 bowls produced each year for this community effort.
Fred Meyer Community Rewards
Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:
- Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Cart to Willamette Art Center at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our non-profit name (Friends of the Visual Arts) or by our non-profit number (NPO#81552).
- Once your card is linked, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Willamette Art Center earn a donation!
- You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
- If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
- For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
John Gear Law Office
The Friends would like to thank Mr. John Gear for his generous support of the Empty Bowls project. His donation to the cause has helped to cover costs of advertising and materials to produce this event.
Marion Cultural Trust
The Friends would like to thank the Marion Cultural Development Corporation for a capital project grant to improve equipment in our glass blowing studio. Currently we would like to thank them for their continued support of a recent grant supporting children’s educational programs.
Meyer Memorial Trust
The Friends would like to thank Meyer Memorial Trust for a grant that enabled the Willamette Art Center to purchase and develop the glass studio. This grant included the purchase of a glass furnace, annulling kiln and tools for the studio use.
Spirit Mountain Community Fund
The Friends thank the Spirit Mountain Community Fund and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for a Capacity Expansion Grant. These funds helped us to “go Green” by recycling used clay and keeping it out of landfills. We purchased a Pug Mill and gear that allows us to re-mix and reclaim clay, making it good as new for our students and artists to use!