Amici’s biggest enrichment efforts are focused on the next generation. Over the seasons, our musicians and musical guests have visited schools in Eugene, Springfield, and surrounding cities, where we continue offering hands-on experiences, workshops, and interactive performances. We’ve touched the lives of thousands of students since we began in 2009, and we look forward to new opportunities to reach new students each season.
Even before Amici was officially launched, Bob Lacy, a founding supporter who lived at Cascade Manor, a retirement community in Eugene, Oregon, urged us to perform there. We have since previewed, for free, in the Cascade Manor auditorium every concert we were about to give in the Wildish Theater. In 2017, a group of residents formed Amici d’Amici (Friends of Amici) to raise funds from residents to support these concerts and other community engagement activities. The auditorium is packed for every Amici concert, and we love to perform for people who relish the wonders of live chamber music.
Amici Art Contest
Every season Amici puts out an open call for submissions from artists of Lane County for the Amici Art Contest. Artists of Lane County are invited to submit their work for a chance to win cash prizes and to appear on Amici’s posters, programs, and other promotional materials during the season. In the 2019-2020 season, we created a new under-18 category. We enjoy the many submissions from talented local artists who produce stunning works, and enjoy sharing with the community the reveal of the finalists at our annual reception at the Emerald Arts Center in Springfield.