Support For Oregon Artists!

The Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, is launching a statewide Artist Relief Program. The Artist Relief Program provides relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals (or other activities with a stipend), events, teaching opportunities, book signings, or other professional presentation opportunities.

We are making efforts to reach artists across Oregon, and specifically artists from traditionally or currently underserved and under-resourced communities, including communities of color and rural communities. I am reaching out because I know you have a network and relationships with underserved communities and artists of color. We would appreciate your help in getting the word out about this program!

The applications will be reviewed by panels of arts professionals. If you know of someone you think would make a strong panelist, please provide their name, affiliation or discipline and email address. Panelists will receive a stipend for their service.

The application opens October 16 with a deadline of November 10. The grant guidelines and link to the application are on the Arts Commission website and here: The guidelines include information about the program, the application questions and the criteria that panelists will use to review applications.

The program supports professional artists from specific disciplines who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between March 1 and December 31, 2020. (Supported disciplines: Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); Dance (including choreography); Music (composition and music performance); Theatre and Performance Art; Folk & Traditional Arts; Visual Arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); Design Arts; and Media Arts.)

Thanks so much!


Liora Sponko

Community Arts Coordinator
Oregon Arts Commission

(971) 345-1641 Mobile


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