2 hours from anywhere. That is a comment that you will often hear from Harney County youth. 2 hours from Bend. 3.5 hours from Boise. 4.5 hours from Portland and Eugene. No shopping mall. No Cold Stone. No Taco Bell or WalMart.

What we do have is a tightly knit community that loves its youth and would do anything to further experiences for them. In 2003 the Burns-Hines community raised over $200,000 to offer sports for students and the community continues to work with the Harney County Arts in Education Foundation (HCAEF) to offer artistic opportunities for Harney County. Recently the HCAEF funded an art teacher for Harney School District #3 and they are currently working towards funding a performing arts center in Harney County.

HCAEF working with the Harney Education Service District and the 10 school districts in Harney County are providing opportunities for students and working to integrate the arts in classrooms across Harney County.