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Oregon Arts Commission Offers Grants to Artists

Career Opportunity Grants and Artist Fellowships Recognize Role of Artists in Creative Economy

Oregon Arts CommissionThe Oregon Arts Commission announces two funding programs for Oregon artists: Career Opportunity Grants and Artist Fellowships.

Career Opportunity grants offer awards of up to $1,500 to enable artists of all disciplines to take advantage of unique opportunities to advance their careers through the development of artistic, business or professional skills. Grants can fund opportunities such as exhibits in national and international venues, or participation in conferences or workshops to expand their knowledge base.

Through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation, additional support is available to visual artists. Reviewed in combination with the quarterly Career Opportunity Grant requests, these additional grants range from $1,500 to $7,500 and aid mid‐career Oregon visual artists in the creation, production or exhibition of their work.


There are four quarterly deadlines for applications:

August 16, 2011
November 15, 2011
February 14, 2012
May 16, 2012
Applications are accepted only online.

Applications are considered by the Commission on a quarterly basis. Applicants are advised to contact the Commission to ensure that funds are available for the later deadlines.

Artist Fellowships are $3,000 awards that recognize the achievements of Oregon artists and the contributions they make to the cultural health of the state. These are highly competitive grants awarded to a select group of the stateʹs most innovative creators.

The FY12 program is open to visual artists, craftspeople and designers. In alternate years, artists involved in performing and literary arts may apply.

Fellowship applications are due on October 17, 2011 and must be submitted online. The application form will be available by August 15, 2011. The guidelines may be reviewed HERE.

To learn more about the work of prior fellows or career opportunity grantees, visit the Creative Oregon section of the Commission’s website. Additional information can be found in the press archive.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grant‐making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The Ford Family Foundation, established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford, is the sole funder of this Visual Arts Program. However, it actively seeks to partner with Oregonʹs leading arts organizations to help implement program elements and to leverage its funding with that of other state and national resources. The Foundationʹs Mission is “successful citizens and vital rural communities” in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. It is headquartered in Roseburg, Oregon, with a Scholarship office in Eugene.

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