Lane County Arts Convenings

Lane Arts Council is working in partnership with Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene with the support of Emerald Arts Center of Springfield, Florence Regional Arts Alliance, and Opal Center of Cottage Grove,  to develop a series of Lane County Arts Convenings bringing together artists and arts administrators across our county. Convenings are focused on timely topics that are impacting our arts community in the current moment. 

These convenings are intended to create a platform of connection for arts and cultural organizations in Lane County to: 

  • Share challenges, concerns, successes, and ideas
  • Ask questions and ask for input from fellow artists and arts administrators
  • Identify specific resources and support that might be helpful
  • Create opportunities for collaborations
  • Discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices
  • Respond to demands for racial justice

Join us for our next convening:

Guidelines & Practices for a Safe Reopening
Tuesday, August 11th, 4-5:30pm
This event is free.

RSVP for the Convening here.

Event organizers, nonprofit organizations, and galleries across the county are trying to determine when and how they should reopen given safety concerns and state guidelines. This convening will feature speakers who deeply understand the guidelines for reopening and have first-hand experience reopening their business. Tune in to discuss what potential steps you and your group could take to safely reopen.

This convening will combine questions for our panelists with group discussion throughout to unpack our own experiences and learning, share out relevant resources, and engage in small-group problem-solving.

Panelists include:

Sarah Means, South Valley/Mid-Coast Coordinator for Regional Solutions, Office of Governor Kate Brown

Sarah Means joined the Regional Solutions Team in 2019. Sarah earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Oregon. She worked as a land use planner in two Oregon cities for seven years before joining Lane County’s economic development department in 2009. Between 2016 and 2019, Sarah served as Lane County’s Community and Economic Development Manager. In that role, Sarah was involved in infrastructure and community development, business recruitment, and local business development. In 2016, Sarah was honored to be one of 30 economic development leaders nationwide invited to participate in the White House Forum on Economic Development and in 2017 was recognized as one of the regions 20 Under 40 Rising Business Stars. Sarah is a native Oregonian, growing up in Douglas County. She currently lives in Coburg with her husband and three children. Sarah provide information on and answer questions about the state’s reopening guidelines.

Andrew Stiltner, Co-Owner of Silvan Ridge Winery

Andrew Stiltner carries on the family legacy of Silvan Ridge Winery with his wife, Julia, whose mother purchased the winery in 1993. Alongside Julia, the co-owners have developed a strong reputation for Silvan Ridge, earning it the highest rating on Yelp for Eugene wineries. Silvan Ridge has developed a reputation for wine, service, and entertainment as their venue hosts concerts, weddings, fundraisers, and other special events throughout the year. Andrew and his team reopened the tasting room in May and recently began holding their Friday night concerts again. Andrew will share his on-the-ground experience reopening his business and events to the public.

We will conclude with a group share out and Q&A discussion. 

Intention of Structure 

Our intention with these Convenings is to begin with perspective from experts in the field around a given topic, and then turn the conversation back to attendees to learn from each other and share expertise, questions, and perspectives from their work in Lane County. You do not need to have planned content to share in order to attend! We simply ask that all attendees are ready and willing to listen, respond, and share. 

Upcoming Topics 

Additional Convening topics will be announced as details are finalized. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, please contact Becca Schaefer at