The OACC Board finds deep meaning in the origins and cultural context of jazz, the way it honors solo practitioners, and how it puts together democratically structured ensembles. Jazz provides OACC’s organizing principles: emphasize personal expression, encourage botttom-up action and not top-down systems, adapt quickly to feedback, and prize resiliency of result over efficiency of execution.
Master your instrument, master the music, and then forget all that . . . and just play!
We strive to connect participants with art forms and disciplines that express universal truths and increase their capacity to create.
We engage new and diverse audiences, encourage collaboration, share resources and seek to be good stewards of the land.
Oldenburg House has a long history of artistic, civic and scientific activities. Built by Henry and Mary Oldenburg in 1894, the family championed the birth of Jay Cooke State Park and held frequent gatherings of scholars, activists, and artists. Their daughter Margaret followed in her parents’ footsteps as a conservationist and anthropologist.
Leslie and Helen Swanson bought Oldenburg House in 1968 and through their careful restoration, the property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Current owners, Glenn and Emily Swanson are honored to be able to carry on the Oldenburg House tradition of artistic and cultural exchanges and civic engagement through the nonprofit organization Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community.