Statement on Oregon arts funding

Dear Arts Supporters,

Many of you have reached out to inquire about the importance of national funding to the arts in Oregon. We’d like to take this opportunity to share information on how national and state funding partner to support arts organizations and artists across the state.

We know that funding of arts and culture in Oregon is comprised of many sources of revenue including public, private, individual and corporate giving. It’s safe to say, however, that without public support many arts organizations would be in jeopardy.

Third Culture Projects at University of Oregon culminate in performance of semaphore Sunday, Oct. 23

Salem, Oregon – Multidisciplinary artist Audra Wolowiec will lead semaphore, a performance based on a series of translations that explore the slipperiness of communication, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in  the Lewis Integrative Science Building (LISB) at the University of Oregon. The performance is part of Third Culture Conversations and Projects, a cross-discipline program placing artists into collaborative situations with the leading researchers housed at the LISB. The program is funded by Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places Program.

Daniel Robinson’s “Close to Home” exhibited in Governor's Office through Nov. 11

Painter Daniel Robinson of Fossil, Oregon, will exhibit “Close to Home” in the Governor’s Office at the Salem Capitol Building from Sept. 16 to Nov. 11. “Close to Home” presents large-scale oil paintings of rural Oregon landscapes—both natural and those affected by human presence. While depicting contemporary views of rural Oregon, Robinson’s paintings harken to the social realism of the 1920s and 1930s when artists depicted the everyday life of the American working class.

127 arts organizations receive more than $1.2 million in Operating Support Grants

Whether designing giant sea sculptures from ocean trash or raising the bar for contemporary dance choreography, creative minds at 127 Oregon arts organizations will be empowered by $1,214,638 in fiscal year 2017 Operating Support Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.
Ranging from $3,500 to $44,096, the grants are available to nonprofit organizations with arts at the core of their mission and budgets over $150,000*.


Oregon Arts Commission

(503) 986-0082 (phone)
(503) 986-0260 (fax)
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280