Liora Sponko
Executive Director
liora@lanearts.org

Liora Sponko was named Executive Director of Lane Arts Council in March 2011 and comes to the Council with several years experience in nonprofit administration. Locally, Liora worked for the Community Center for the Performing Arts/WOW Hall, Centro LatinoAmericano, Womenspace, and the University of Oregon. She also lived and worked for community-based organizations in Costa Rica for three years. Liora earned a BA in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MA in International Peace and Development Studies while living in Spain. Liora is passionate about the arts and strongly believes in its ability to impact us on an individual and community level.

Liora loves to dance, attend live music concerts and is an avid arts patron.

 

 

Stacey Ray
Programs and Communications Manager
stacey@lanearts.org

Stacey Ray joined Lane Arts Council in November 2016. Stacey comes to Lane Arts Council with a background as an artist and arts administrator, having worked for the Center for Community Arts & Cultural Policy, Banovich Art, and as Arts and Exhibits Director for the Associated Students of Montana State University. She interned with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), and is currently a project manager for ArtCity Eugene. Stacey earned a MS in Arts Management and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon, a BFA in Studio Art, and BA in Art History from Montana State University. Stacey is a practicing visual artist and an advocate for the arts as a platform for contemporary issues, particularly in a rural context.

Stacey is a visual artist and also practices her creativity through writing and guitar.
She is captivated by sketchbooks.

“Art intensifies our life experience. It challenges us, turning our insides out, the outside in, and what we think we know upside down.”

 

Eric Braman
Arts Education Program Coordinator
artsed@lanearts.org

Eric Braman joined Lane Arts Council in June 2017, bringing experience in the performing arts and program management. He held positions at the University of Oregon in Experiential Education & Prevention Initiatives, Sexual Violence Prevention & Education, and University Housing; served two years with AmeriCorps at Chemeketa Community College and Campfire USA, Alaska Council; and has led and performed with Rehearsals for Life, Tesseract Theatre Company, and the Worklight Improv Team. Eric has completed trainings with the Mandala Center for Change (Theatre of the Oppressed), Second City Chicago (Comedic Improv), and Kelli Simpkins (Tectonic Theatre Technique). Eric earned his Master of Nonprofit Management from UofO and BA in Theatre Performance and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University.

Eric is creative in his writing, performance, and his leadership. His creativity tells stories, becomes characters, and forms containers in which others may succeed.

“Art is our spirits made physical. Art allows us to understand an individual or a community on a deeper, more meaningful level.”

 

Jessica Watson
ArtWalk and Events Coordinator
artwalk@lanearts.org

Jessica Watson is Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk Coordinator. Jessica has been coordinating the ArtWalk since 2008. She graduated with Cum Laude honors in 2009, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, and a Bachelor’s of Art in Art History from the University of Oregon. Jessica also currently works at Karin Clarke Gallery.

Jessica enjoys many creative outlets, which include sewing (especially dresses), oil painting, gardening and scrapbooking.

“It is incredible to be able to create something out of nothing–something that would not exist without me. I love to be able to look at the clothes I’ve created, which have utilitarian value; the paintings I’ve painted; the plants whose little souls I nurture; and the things I’ve composed in a visually compelling scrapbook. Art helps complete me.”