Union County is rich with creative expression, perhaps inspired by the natural beauty of the Grande Ronde Valley. Several nationally recognized artists call Union County home, producing music, fine art, theater performances, and written works. The diversity and quality of performances and cultural activities is rivaled only in large population centers and major urban areas. Eastern Oregon’s cultural scene is enhanced by the presence of Eastern Oregon University. Eastern’s state-of-the-art facility houses two theaters, hosting several dramatic productions and Broadway musicals each year, and provides a venue for the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, touring operas and ballets, and internationally touring musicians.