In the past five years, the National Endowment for the Arts distributed $14,243,656 in federal funding, either directly or through state and regional partners, in Oregon.
In the most recent information (2021) from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), which is produced jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department, Oregon...
Added 3.4 percent or $9.3 billion to the state economy from arts and cultural production
Employed 62,725 workers in the arts and cultural industries, with workers earning wages and benefits totaling more than $5.3 billion
More than 57 percent of Oregon’s adults attended live music, theater, or dance performances, while more than 39 percent attended art exhibits, according to the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition to offering direct grants, the NEA supports national initiatives benefiting people across the country:
Blue Star Museums program provided free admission to thousands of active military personnel and their families at 80 participating museums in Oregon.
An average of more than 3,244 students from 75 high schools in Oregon participated in Poetry Out Loud annually.
The NEA Big Read initiative generated 188 community events in the state, involving more than 8,736 adults and students.
On this page, find information on the arts and culture for Oregon, and how the National Endowment for the Arts has supported the arts in communities throughout the state. Below are highlights of just some of Arts Endowment grantees and artists working in Oregon.
Tim Keenan Burgess, multimedia program director for WOTE and co-producer/co-director of the films, talks about the importance of looking to Native cultures for an understanding of how to address climate change and live harmoniously with the Earth, and the importance of the films in presenting that to audiences.
Fashion Designer Korina Emmerich talks about how her Puyallup heritage has informed her approach to the fashion industry, the blurry line between representation and tokenism, and her deep belief: “Everything you put out is an extension of you and your energy and your story.”
Ask the Question grew from a partnership between Oregon’s Clackamas County Arts Alliance and Clackamas County Behavioral Health division, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, to use the arts to address a disturbing rise in the suicide rate of the county.
Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) first began seriously making films when he was living in Portland, Oregon, and learning Chinuk Wawa, a language native to the Columbia River Basin. We recently spoke with Hopinka about his creative process, the balance between honoring history and pursuing innovation, and the attraction of an evocative landscape.
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts was founded more than 25 years ago with the vision of helping creative people on the Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon, move forward with their work by providing an infrastructure via professional development and other related activities.
2004 National Heritage Fellows Yuquin Wang and Zhengli Xu moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1996, where they have taken their art form to new audiences and share their tradition at numerous school residencies and continue to teach in the Oregon Folklife Apprenticeship Program.
In collaboration with the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Oregon as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the agency's establishment.