Call for self nominations: Traditional Arts Recovery Program now open

Salem, Oregon – Oregon traditional artists who would like to be considered for the Traditional Arts Recovery Program may self-nominate between now and Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Administered by the Oregon Folklife Network in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission, the Traditional Arts Recovery Program will provide stipends of $5,000 to 15 Oregon traditional artists for the creation of new work. Eligible artists will use a range of art forms to represent and express Oregon’s diverse ethnic, sacred, occupational and regional cultural arts.

David Harrelson appointed to Oregon Arts Commission

Salem, Oregon – David Harrelson, the Cultural Resources Department manager for The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and a Grand Ronde tribal member, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Governor Kate Brown.

Harrelson has championed the use of his people’s ancestral art forms for the purpose of public art. His support for this work has resulted in five public art installations in the last four years throughout Northwestern Oregon. He has worked in the field of cultural resources for 10 years and before that worked as a wildland firefighter.

40 projects addressing community needs through the arts receive $180,000 in Arts Build Communities grants awards

Salem, Ore. – Using the arts as a means to address community need is the focus of 40 projects awarded a total of $180,000 through the Oregon Arts Commission’s FY2021 Arts Build Communities grant program. The Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences in Oregon.

New Artist Relief Program to provide $1.25 million in relief to Oregon artists

Oregon artists may now apply to a new Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be distributed until the program fund, totaling just over $1.25 million, is depleted.

Joint statement with Oregon Cultural Trust on racial justice

We must act now. We at the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust stand in solidarity with those who are outraged by the killing of George Floyd and many other Black victims of despicable racial violence.

In the words of Governor Kate Brown, “mourning their loss is not enough. We must commit ourselves to racial justice.” These unforgivable acts of violence are a tragic symptom of a society that tolerates systemic racism, police brutality, white supremacy and oppression.

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 Arts Commission

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