The Oregon Arts Commission maintains partnerships with other art organizations for the purpose of advancing the arts in Oregon.
OAC provides additional support to presenting organizations and performing artists through its participation as a sponsor of Arts Northwest, the regional presenting organization which produces the annual Northwest Booking Conference.
Arts Northwest maintains a communications network among presenters of performing arts events throughout the Northwest region of the United States and Canada; provides services to Northwest presenters to enhance their professional and booking capabilities to present performances of regional, national, and international significance to Northwest audiences; and promotes booking opportunities for artists who reside in the Northwest to tour within and outside the Northwest region.
Governor’s Office of Film & Television
The Governor's Office of Film & Television promotes the development of the film, video, and multimedia industry in Oregon and enhances the industry’s revenues, profile, and reputation within Oregon and among the industry internationally. Its functions include marketing Oregon as a filming location, recruiting out-of-state productions, and serving as a liaison to production groups. The Film Office partners with the Arts Commission on the Media Arts Fellowships.
Oregon Art Beat, OPB
Oregon Art Beat is an Emmy-award-winning weekly television series produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). It profiles artists, musicians, and artisans and promotes upcoming events. While its main purpose is to introduce viewers to the arts and cultural events across Oregon, its website has become an important archive of video footage of Oregon’s arts community. OPB is one of the Arts Commission's partners for the Media Arts Fellowships.
Oregon Heritage Commission
The Oregon Heritage Commission supports heritage efforts in Oregon through advocacy, education, grants, and coordination. It also maintains the inventory of the former Oregon Historic Properties Commission, declares statewide heritage celebrations, and participates in Asian-American Heritage Month. The Oregon Heritage Commission is one of five statewide partners of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Oregon Historical Society
The Oregon Historical Society operates the Oregon History Museum in Portland and offers additional services to preserve and interpret Oregon's past. The OHS Artifacts Collection comprises over 85,000 artifacts; the OHS Research Library contains one of the country’s most extensive collections of state history materials. The Research Library’s photographic archives include over 2.5 million images from pre-statehood to the present day. The Historical Society is one of the five statewide partners of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and a statewide partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that transform communities through grants, public programs, and other public projects.
Oregon Main Street
Oregon Main Street works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character, and heritage. Services are based on the successful Main Street Approach® developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and include training and technical assistance. The goal is to build high quality, livable, and sustainable communities that will grow Oregon’s economy. Oregon Main Street is jointly housed with Business Oregon and the State Historic Preservation Office in the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
The Ford Family Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation partners with the Oregon Arts Commission with two separate programs: 1) providing financial resources as a side-by-side fund to the Professional Opportunity Grants that awards additional funds to Oregon mid-career visual artists for special, unanticipated opportunities that would further their career or help them to create new work; and 2) funding a unique “art acquisition” program that qualifying Oregon visual arts institutions may submit requests to for funds to acquire seminal works for their permanent collections by some of Oregon’s most significant artists. Both programs are part of a seven element Visual Arts Program established in 2010 to honor the late Hallie Ford's interests in the visual arts with the intent to help accelerate an enhanced quality of artistic endeavor and work by Oregon's most promising visual artists and to improve Oregon's visual arts ecology. The Ford Family Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its Mission is “successful citizens and vital rural communities” in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a scholarship office in Eugene.
University of Oregon Arts & Administration Program
The Arts and Administration Program - the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest – combines knowledge in the visual and performing arts with cultural and managerial concerns related to the management of nonprofit and for-profit arts groups. Its scholars are examining issues in the arts and society from community to international policy levels. The program offers an undergraduate minor in Community Arts and Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) degrees in Arts Management. There are four management areas of concentration within the graduate program – community arts, museum, performing arts, and media. Students in the U of O program partner with the Commission on special events and research.
Western States Arts Federation
The Commission is a member of WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, the 13-state arts federation dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts in the west. WESTAF currently is engaged in arts policy research, information-systems development, state arts agency development, and convening arts experts and leaders to address critical issues in the arts. WESTAF'sTourWest competitive grant program offers fee support for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists.
Through an agreement with WESTAF, the Commission makes WESTAF’s CaFÉ™: Online Calls For Entry https://www.callforentry.org/index.php available to select Oregon arts groups to more easily manage artist-application and jury processes, especially the review of public art proposals, artist fellowships, and other juried competitions.