In order to advance the arts throughout Oregon, the Oregon Arts Commission maintains collaborative partnerships with other arts organizations across the state. 

Arts Northwest maintains a communications network among presenters of performing arts events throughout the Northwest region of the United States and Canada. They provide services to Northwest presenters to enhance their professional and booking capabilities, enabling performances of regional, national, and international significance to Northwest audiences.

Arts Northwest also promotes booking opportunities for artists who reside in the Northwest to tour within and outside the Northwest region. The Oregon Arts Commission provides additional support to presenting organizations and performing artists through its sponsorship of Arts Northwest.

The Oregon 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 Oregon Arts Commission on Media Arts Fellowships.

The Oregon Folklife Network, based at the University of Oregon, was formed in 2010 to serve as a hub for statewide folklife activities in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon State Library, and Oregon Heritage Commission, along with community partners, including Oregon Tribes, community-based cultural organizations, museums, regional cultural alliances, local arts agencies, K12 schools, universities and colleges, and public libraries.

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.

The Oregon Historical Society operates the Oregon History Museum in Portland and offers services to preserve and interpret Oregon's past. The OHS Artifacts Collection comprises over 85,000 artifacts and the OHS Research Library contains one of the country’s most extensive collections of state history materials.

The Historical Society is one of the five statewide partners of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that transform communities through grants, public programs, and other public projects. 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 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 was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its mission is the development of “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.

The Ford Family Foundation partners with the Oregon Arts Commission with by providing financial resources as a side-by-side fund to the Professional Opportunity Grants. It also funds 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 Oregon Cultural Trust was authorized in 1999 to increase public and private support for Oregon's arts, heritage, and humanities. Its visionary goal is to create a sustainable, $200 million endowment for culture. Since 2002, Oregonians have contributed over $22 million to the Trust and as a result, the Trust has awarded over $9 million in grants to every corner of the state.

From 1998 through 2001, the Oregon Arts Commission’s executive director Christine D’Arcy led a team of statewide cultural partners on the development of the Cultural Trust. The operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission have merged; making use of the Arts Commission’s expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information, and community cultural development.

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 examine 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.

The Western States Arts Federation is a 13-state arts federation dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts in the west. WESTAF 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.

The Oregon Arts Commission is a member of WESTAF and makes the organization’s CaFÉ™: Calls For Entry available for Oregon arts groups to more easily manage application and jury processes, the review of public art proposals, artist fellowships, and other juried competitions.

Oregon Arts Commission

(503) 986-0082 (phone)
(503) 581-5115 (fax)
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280