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Oregon Arts Commission Plan Booklet

5 THE OREGON ARTS COMMISSION provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grant making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development. The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at www.oregonartscommission.org. BUSINESS OREGON works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, livingwage jobs for Oregonians through publicprivate partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. The development of our strategic plan over the past several months has been extremely informative and rewarding. We are very proud to present the final plan that will guide the Oregon Arts Commission for the next five years, including our 50th anniversary in 2017. We look forward to celebrating, with you, half a century of supporting Oregon’s arts organizations, artists and creative communities. We are deeply grateful to the hundreds of people involved in the development of this plan. As explained in our methodology (page 3) we traveled the state to gather information about Oregon’s creative communities. We also connected with our local, regional and national partners and worked closely with the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Legislature and Business Oregon. We are appreciative of everyone’s time and clear commitment to supporting the arts. As you review this plan, please remember that we are applying two interconnecting lenses for action: 1) diversity, equity and inclusion and 2) sustaining, measuring and responding. Each goal, objective and action is viewed through those lenses. The commissioners and staff are committed to increasing our work in supporting, working with and reaching into the many diverse communities and populations across Oregon. This plan is a living map we will use to better reach and serve all Oregonians. As part of our ongoing evaluation process we will consider how each and every aspect of this plan and our actions addresses diversity, equity and inclusion. We view the arts organizations and artists we support as partners in providing Oregonians lifelong access to creative expression through a wide variety of programs and services. As part of that commitment, the Arts Commission is a key partner in the national Building Public Will for the Arts and Culture project. The research and action from this project will provide our creative communities the tools to reach and serve the public more effectively. Finally, the Arts Commission’s placement in Business Oregon provides us a unique opportunity to further develop economic vitality through and with the arts. Our plan includes collecting information about the impact of the arts in the economy through partnerships with the Arts and Economic Prosperity Study and the Cultural Data Project. We are excited to start this amazing journey with you as, through art, we continue to increase the quality of life for all Oregonians. Sincerely, Julie S. Vigeland Commission Chair Brian Rogers Executive Director


Oregon Arts Commission Plan Booklet
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