Accessible Oregon

The Oregon Arts Commission’s Arts Access Reimbursement program helps support organizations in making their programs more accessible to all members of the public, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since the creation of the program in 2011, groups around the state have used funds in innovative ways to support their visitors. A few notable examples include:

Universal Design

Universal design is a way to develop environments that are broadly accessible to a diverse population. Incorporation of the principals of universal design early in the program development process can pay off by making activities useable by as many people as possible in the long term. Consider these seven principals when creating or reviewing a new product, program or environment.

Principle One: Equitable Use
The designs are useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

Oregon’s state art collection featured on new Oregon Arts Commission website

Oregon’s public collection of more than 2,400 artworks acquired and commissioned since 1975 is now featured on a searchable website for all to view. The State of Oregon Percent for Art Collection includes paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mosaics, murals, textiles and both site-specific and structurally integrated art installations by over 800 artists. A number of commissioned temporary works can also be found on the website.


Salem, Ore. – Using the arts as a means of addressing community need is at the heart of 31 projects awarded $175,000 by the Oregon Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities grant program for FY2019.

The Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences in Oregon. More than half of this year’s awards go to communities outside of the Portland area.


Oregon Arts Commission

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