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 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 served as a project manager for ArtCity Eugene and board member for Integrated Arts. She recently started the community-based project Unbound: Eugene-Springfield Sketchbook Challenge. 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 visual artist and also practices her creativity through writing and playing guitar. She is captivated by the deeply personal creative process of sketchbooks.
Arts Education Program Manager
Eric Braman joined Lane Arts Council in June 2017, bringing experience in the performing arts and program management. They 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, Dead Parrots Society poetry group, 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 their Master of Nonprofit Management from UofO and BA in Theatre Performance and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Eric finds their greatest creativity in writing, performance, theatre direction and collaborative leadership.
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. Jessica enjoys many creative outlets, which include sewing (especially dresses), oil painting, gardening and scrapbooking.
Hillary joined Lane Arts Council in April of 2018, just before graduating from the University of Oregon with her Master’s in Folklore. Before going back to school, she worked as a health educator, including a year of service with AmeriCorps in rural North Florida. During her graduate studies at the U of O, she interned with the Oregon Folklife Network, taught Composition, and completed ethnographic research on medical narratives. She holds BAs in English and International Affairs from Florida State University. Hillary enjoys writing non-fiction and poetry.
Becca Schaefer, originally from Eau Claire, WI, moved to Eugene after completing a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. While in Colorado, Becca also minored in mathematics, was a member of the Social Justice Living & Learning Community, taught harp and piano privately, and volunteered with local music therapy programs. Becca is currently working towards a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management with an Arts Management Certificate at the University of Oregon. Before joining the LAC team, Becca was the Administrative and Operations Assistant at Oregon Bach Festival. Becca enjoys playing music as often as possible and attending and participating in community arts events.