Housed in a beautiful log building on Joseph’s Main Street, the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture provides a gathering place to celebrate, promote and inspire arts and culture in Wallowa County. We offer an eclectic blend of programs that serve local and regional arts and culture enthusiasts of all ages, as well as tourists and visitors from outside the area.
In conjunction with our regular art exhibits, we host artist lectures, musical performances, films, and art classes and workshops for kids and adults. Students at the Josephy Center explore drawing, painting, print-making, photography, drama, film, and sound and video engineering. The Josephy Library not only provides the community with a rich cultural resource of written and recorded works about Wallowa County and the West, but also offers bi-weekly brown bag lunch presentations about topics ranging from the work of scholar and author Alvin Josephy (for whom the center is named) to the history of local agriculture, the development of local fisheries, and women in Wallowa County.
In 2010 a group of artists and dedicated community members came together and developed the concept of a community art center. With funding from the Meyer Memorial Trust, this group contracted the North East Oregon Economic Development District to complete a Feasibility Study and Business Plan. In 2012, a generous patron purchased the log building. With that and a grant from Community Bank, the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture was born.
With overwhelming support from the community, the Josephy Center now offers a variety of programs and events, while also offering a venue for other local organizations to host performances, presentations, and meetings. Keep an eye on our calendar for details.
Gallery hours are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. Center will be open at scheduled hours for special events and workshops. Check our calendar for details on times.