The arts and culture are touchstones of community life. The Oregon Arts Commission believes that it is essential to preserve and develop the arts and culture of our state for the benefit of all Oregonians.
Along with our work in arts advocacy and policy development, the Arts Commission funds arts programs and individual artistic innovation throughout Oregon. Grant programs serve as investments in our state's culture. They are supported by contributions from the State of Oregon, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, 157 organizations and 47 individual artists across the state were granted $1,961,978.