Allocation of NEA American Rescue Plan Act funds announced

Salem, Oregon – Eighty percent, or $655,500, of the $805,000 allocated to the Oregon Arts Commission through National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will be used to increase FY2021 operating support grant awards for Oregon arts organizations of all budget sizes across the state, the Arts Commission announced today. The remaining $150,000 will augment an existing partnership with the Oregon Folklife Network to support the creation of new work by folk and traditional artists and cover program coordination costs.

Oregon to receive $803,500 in American Rescue Plan Act funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

Salem, Oregon – The National Endowment for the Arts is recommending an award of $803,500 to the Oregon Arts Commission in the NEA’s first distribution of funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). This emergency rescue funding is designed to support the arts sector as it recovers from the devastating impact of the COVID-19. It is part of the $135 million allocated to the Arts Endowment which represents a significant commitment to the arts and a recognition of the value of the arts and culture sector to the nation’s economy and recovery.

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.

Artist Relief Program awards announced; 646 Oregon artists to receive $1.25 million in relief grant awards

Salem, Oregon – Relief grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded to 646 diverse artists across Oregon through an Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. The awards expend the $1.25 million available for the program.

Arts Commission joins Artists Sunday movement to promote local art for holiday gifts on Sunday, Nov. 29

(Salem, Oregon) – This year the Sunday after Thanksgiving is all about shopping for art. The Oregon Arts Commission is proud to be one of 330 nationwide partners for Artists Sunday, a new national movement to promote local art as holiday gifts on Sunday, Nov. 29.

The movement joins Black Friday, Small Business Saturday® and Cyber Monday to create the biggest shopping weekend of the year. It also supports artists as entrepreneurs at a time when many have suffered great losses as a result of the ongoing pandemic.


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