Location & Contact:
345 N Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, OR 97361
The Smith Fine Arts Series provides quality performing arts presentations and educational outreach for the mid-Willamette Valley.
The Edgar H. Smith Fine Arts Series provides quality performing arts presentations for the mid-Willamette Valley community and supports the community service and educational missions of Western Oregon University. Further, the Series provides master classes and workshops for University students; performances and discussion for our elementary and secondary schools; and informal lectures and demonstrations for the public, preceding performances.
The Smith Fine Arts Series is supported by ticket sales, grants, individual membership donations, and private and corporate sponsors. Western Oregon University provides the venue, management, and technical support. The 600- seat Rice Auditorium on the WOU campus serves as the performance venue and outreach facility; it operates with support of in-kind services from the University.
A 16-member board selected from Monmouth, Dallas, Independence and Salem governs the series, serving three-year terms. Comprised of thirteen women and three men, it includes representatives of the business community; education; senior citizens; and University faculty, staff and, students. The Board of Directors is a working board with each member actively participating in committee assignments and board responsibilities throughout the year.
The Smith Fine Arts Series is managed by an artistic director with many years of experience in the arts. The series presents jazz, classical music, dance, and world music. Many artists also present outreach or master classes aimed at K-12 and university students. This seasons outreach included a special performance by Danza Contemporanea Universitaria for over 200 students from local high schools at Rice Auditorium on the Western Oregon University campus. Students also had the opportunity to tour the campus and learn about applying and attending college.
The Smith Fine Arts Series is financially self-sufficient, funded by ticket sales, grants and donations from individuals and private and corporate businesses. Western Oregon University provides in-kind services for graphic design, auditorium rental and, technical support.
Dr. Keller Coker, Executive Director;
Sandy Newland, Program Manager