A comprehensive directory of Southern Oregon's arts community and guide to events for its members, local arts enthusiasts, and those planning to visit or move to our region.
Well, it's nothing new that looking for things to save time and make you money on the internet can cost more time than you save, so we're putting together a collection of resources we hope will make it easier to find what you need. In addition, we believe arts advocates are important members of the art community. They work hard to bring facts regarding the importance of the arts to our communities to the awareness of legislators and policy-makers, as well as the general public, resulting in important funding decisions favorable to the arts which translate into grants supporting community arts organizations and individual artists. We hope you'll find a funding opportunity that will help you move forward in your own art career.
We strongly encourage all members of the art community to do their shopping locally, and to send us the contact information for your favorite local suppliers of whatever you need so we can share your sources with the community. However, we do realize that sometimes you just can't find what you need locally, and sometimes a project is so absorbing that you can't take the time to go out. And...we might as well say it...sometimes you really can save money shopping online (watch those shipping expenses, though!) - so we're including online sources of art supplies and more.
Jackson County offers a rich array of cultural activities ranging from its music, theater and art communities to its galleries, museums and historical sites to dance, storytelling, ethnic festivals, folklore and literature. The Jackson County Cultural Coalition recognizes the importance of all aspects of the arts, heritage and humanities, and seeks to promote public and private support for each.
The Coalition is part of the Oregon Cultural Trust, an innovative funding mechanism meant to strengthen every aspect of Oregon's culture through a permanent endowment that will grow to more than $200 million. The Coalition invests in grants to local programs designed to preserve and strengthen Jackson County's arts, heritage and humanities and guarantee that every resident benefits from our region's cultural assets.
The Jackson County Cultural Coalition is comprised of community members involved in all aspects of Jackson County’s cultural and economic life. The major goals of the Coalition are:
Come experience the excitement of watching guest artists as they demonstrate the techniques they use to produce award winning art on non-critique meeting nights. Enjoy meeting with other artists who share their love of art and are always ready to answer questions or give helpful tips. Keep up to date on current art events in our area.
You are welcome to attend juried critiques that are held quarterly at the January, April, July and October meetings. Critiques are a great way to improve your art in a fun and informative manner; only paid members may enter art work into the critiques. This is a fun evening complete with refreshments. Admission is free.
The mission of the Public Arts Commission is to enhance the cultural and aesthetic quality of life in Ashland by actively pursuing the placement of public art in public spaces and serving to preserve and develop public access to the arts. The continued vitality of the arts in the City of Ashland is a vital part of the future of the city as well as of its citizens. The arts are an important part of the cultural and economic life of the entire community of Ashland and enrich the participants in the arts as well as those who observe them. Several organizations, which exist in Ashland, are active in the arts and provide leadership to the community on arts related matters. The creation of a Public Arts Commission for the City of Ashland will assist those organizations, other organizations and individuals, to make arts a more important part of the city's life.
Artists can place ads in the Ashland Gallery Guide for 140.00/year, and can have their ad placed in the online edition of the Guide for an additional 40.00/year. Ads placed in the online edition only are 75.00/year. The deadline for publication is 1/20.
Artists, would-be artists and parents should also take advantage of the many classes and workshops offered by art centers and other artists in the area. Check out the Classes & Workshops category at Art Matters! for current offerings for artists of all ages and skill levels!
The Oregon Arts Commission is Oregon's state arts, culture and humanities grant and funding agency. Without them, we would struggle without end to find the resources for Southern Oregon's art centers, historical and cultural locations and events. Please visit their website to learn more about this agency and the many projects they sustain.
Oregon Arts Commission
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, Oregon 97301-1280
See this page at the Oregon Arts Commission website for important information about grants available to the arts community.
Through vision, leadership and service the Regional Arts & Culture Council works to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of community life.
- We value freedom of artistic and cultural expression as a fundamental human right.
- We value a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences.
- We value a community in which everyone can participate in arts and culture.
- We value a community that celebrates and supports its artists, and its arts and cultural organizations.
- We value arts and culture as key elements in creating desirable places to live, work and visit.
RACC provides service in five key areas:
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. Their main website (linked through their name above and logo to the left) is an amazing resource for information about national policy, grants for the arts and much, much more. They also publish a terrific blog called Art Works; you can find most of their posts at our own blog, Art Matters!
Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Their lobbying and advocacy efforts in Washington, DC are indispensable to all artists in this country. We syndicate many posts from their informative ARTSblog, as well as their Arts Action Fund blog and Keep the Arts in Public Schools blog to keep our readers up to date on the status of American arts policy and legislation and many other art related topics.
A national organization committed to supporting and educating art-driven individuals and groups, while serving as an advocate for the art community. Members consist of individual artists, art schools, museums, galleries, studios, art organizations, communities, associations, foundations and more. APA offers healthcare discounts, merchandise and product discounts, a venue for open communication with other members, a vehicle to showcase their work, an e-commerce site to sell their work, and other special pricing opportunities for members only. Resources also include sample resumes, artist statements, consignment contracts, educational webinars and a monthly e-newsletter providing the most up-to-date income opportunities available and current industry news.