strengthening connections, sharing knowledge & building community
through the visual arts.
Diva is expanding its mission
Diva activties, classes, workshops, gallery and offices are all located in Drain, Oregon, except for bigger events that we put on around town or bigger classes/workshops that we host at the Drain Civic Center.
History: The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) Center burst onto the Eugene visual arts scene late in 2005 as a non-profit membership and donor-supported Center.
DIVA was an articulate and influential voice for the arts in downtown Eugene, bringing together artists, business leaders, and civic leaders toward creating downtown Eugene as a destination for the visual arts. DIVA collaborated with a diversity of arts organizations in scheduling a wide range of programming throughout the community.
Diva's operations in Eugene are winding down now. Founding member and now-exiting board president Jerry Ross says, "We accomplished our mission in Eugene which now has a happening downtown. With our recent expansion into rural communties (Drain first), we re-ignited our passion for making real change through art. We are handing over the DIVA torch to a very dedicated group of people in Drain who wlll carry on our mission there. They are already expanding some of their programs to neighboring communities of Yoncalla and Elkton. Some DIVA activities and programs may continue in the Eugene area but, for the most part, all programs and activities will be coordinated through the Drain Gallery and Art Center from now on, giving some of us who have been intricically involved in DIVA more time to return to making art."
The DIVA office, gallery and activities are now located in Drain, Oregon. The gallery opened there October 2, 2015, with a Grand Opening Celebration and First Friday Night Artwalk.
Lucky Ladybug Lending Library and Gather and Share Garden
Thanks to everyone's hard work and contributions, we have nearly completed work on the library and the gather and share space around it. Several grants (from Class 101 at North Douglas High, The Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation), as well as generous private donations and fundraising at DIVA, are making this all possible. The library will allow us to share our extensive art book collection as well as cookbooks, craft books and gardening books. We will still use the Little Libraries in Drain to distribute free books, particularly chlldren's books.
We are in the process of updating this page to include our current programs. In the meantime,you can find more information through the main menu bar. Check back for updates.