Guest Blog Post by Holli Wagner, Board Member of AAYC

The Arts Alliance of Yamhill County (AAYC) as its name implies is an alliance of artists from all the Arts and those who support the Arts joining together to encourage, stimulate and promote the Arts in our beautiful County.  Membership and volunteer run nonprofit the Arts Alliance mission is to create a thriving creative Arts community. AAYC provides resources and support to emerging and established artists, as well as hosting events and workshops that promote creativity.

The AAYC sponsors and coordinates a variety of arts activities that distinguish our part of Oregon. Our art events include the Art Harvest Studio Tour, the Lavender Festival Plein-Air Paint-Out and Art Show, and Paper Gardens.

  • The Art Harvest studio tour is a self-guided tour of local artists’ studios, the weekends of Sept 30-Oct 2 & Oct 7-9, 2022.
  • The Lavender Festival Plein-Air Paint-Out and art show is in July, and features artists painting outdoors in Yamhill County.
  • Paper Gardens is an annual writing contest for both children and adults, culminating in a published book and celebration each May.

Arts AllianceThese events and many more, bring visitors to our area, support local artists, and showcase the beauty of our region.

The AAYC also has programs for funding arts education in our county. This year, as in the past, we were proud to offer grants and scholarships to support art programs and teachers in our public schools, as well as students pursuing arts-related postsecondary education. Our grants and scholarships are designed to help ensure that students have access to the quality arts education, regardless of their family’s income level. We believe that the arts play a critical role in developing creativity, problem-solving skills, and an appreciation for beauty and culture.

We are committed to promoting local artists, galleries, theaters, and events happening in our county. Our social media platforms and website are great outlets for spreading the word. In addition, our sponsored Arts Alive TV show features local talent and highlights what’s happening artistically in our community.

In conclusion, AAYC is a great organization that is active in promoting the arts. We are always looking for volunteers to join us, and we are also here to help sponsor other art-related events. If you’re interested in getting involved, please visit our website, or contact us directly.


Holli is the owner of Stay McMinnville LLC since 2010 and also owned McMinnville Event Center for the Arts LLC (MECA Gallery) from 2018-2020 along with her husband Mick.

She has 30 years experience in technology and sales, working for enterprise organizations such as IBM, and Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

As a 50/50 left brain/right brain, she also dabbles in water colors, acrylics design and writing. Her primary love is to assist our community in providing resources for the Arts.

Since 2019, Holli has also held the position as Board Chair for the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Holli lives in McMinnville with her husband, cats and chickens.

Holli Wagner
Cell: 503-583-0856 – you are welcome to text me anytime

Board of Directors
McMinnville Short Film Festival President/Chair of the Board

Arts Alliance Yamhill County Vice President Communications/Fundraising