Liora 2016Liora Sponko
Executive Director

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.


Laurette Garner
Arts Education Program Manager

Laurette Garner joined Lane Arts Council in November 2015. In Oregon, Laurette has worked for the University of Oregon Cinema Pacific Film Festival, The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House and with The Hollywood Theatre in Portland. Most recently, she worked as the Peace Corps Recruiter on the U of O campus and served as an English teacher in Madagascar with the Peace Corps from 2004-06. She has also worked as an art camp teacher and after school tutor. Laurette earned a BA in Art History/Museum Studies with a minor in French from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Arts Management from the University of Oregon with a certificate in New Media and Culture. She also currently works at Lane Community College as an Assistant Event Coordinator.


IMG_7372Jessica Watson
ArtWalk and Events Coordinator

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.



Stacey Ray
Program and Communications Coordinator

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 previously 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.


Rachael Carnes
ArtCore Program Coordinator

Rachael Carnes has spent 20+ years investing in arts integration. As founder of Sparkplug Dance, an educational arts nonprofit, Rachael has synthesized current brain research with methods of concept-based creative movement, and brought her unique program to thousands of school children. In addition to serving as the Program Coordinator for ArtCore, she collaborates with the University of Oregon’s Early Childhood CARES program to providing ongoing therapeutic dance classes to preschoolers living with multiple disabilities. With a B.A. from Reed College, and a certification in Dance Movement Therapy from the New School in New York City, Carnes is recognized as an international leader in the field of inclusive education, teaching workshops in The Hague, Istanbul and across the U.S., including the Kennedy Center’s annual Arts for Learning Institute. As a professional writer, Carnes regularly contributes to publications throughout the Northwest.