Community Arts Resources

This page is a compilation of community resources in Lane County including arts, culture and heritage organizations, museums, art therapists, Latino cultural organizations, and funding resources.

Arts & Culture  |  Performing Arts  |  Art Therapists  |  Latino Arts & Culture  |  Funding Opportunities


Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH)
Enhances knowledge of Earth's environments and cultures, inspiring stewardship of our collective past, present, and future.
Arts Education: Workshops and learning experiences for K-12; classroom outreach programs; annual student art exhibition; museum tours; summer camps
Resources: Teacher resources to supplement your museum education program or in your classroom

Opal Center for Arts & Education (Cottage Grove)
an arts cooperative and performance space that offers unique and diverse educational and cultural programs and opportunities. They create theater shows, fashion shows, parades, and have hosted community classes covering fitness, computers, crafting and more.
Arts Education: Classes and workshops
Resources: Educational resources

Oregon Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE)
OAAE champions, strengthens and celebrates the arts as an integral part of education. They encourage professional development in the arts for generalist/specialist teachers and administrators and advocate for Arts in Education.
Resources: Online arts education resources and research

Oregon Arts Commission
The Oregon Arts Commision works statewide to support the arts in Oregon. 
Resources: Resources for advocacy and arts education

Oregon Folklife Network
The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is the state of Oregon’s folk and traditional arts program, made up of a network of statewide culture and heritage partners that document, support, preserve, and celebrate Oregon’s cultural traditions.
Professional Development: Workshops, exhibits, discussions, and online collections about Oregon folklife. 

Oregon Humanities
Oregon Humanities is committed to bringing people together across difference. They offer public conversations and programs across the state, and publish essays, photographs, films, etc. that explore perspectives and experiences of Oregonians, especially those who have been ignored, generalized, or oppressed.
Resources: Curriculum guides that pair w/their magazine

OSLP Arts & Culture Program
The OSLP (Oregon Supported Living Program) Arts & Culture Program breaks down barriers to participation in the arts for people of all abilities and builds bridges to a more diverse and inclusive community.
Professional Development: Provides classes, workshops, and mentorships with professional instructors in visual and performing arts. Classes are for individuals of all abilities that are 18 years old and over.

Springfield Art Museum
The Springfield Art Museum houses historical and cultural exhibits in connection to Springfield and its community, and is dedicated to preserving Springfield’s history and artifacts. They provide additional educational programming throughout the year

Springfield Public Library
Arts Education: Workshops, activities, librarian visits, tours
Resources: TinkerTech Creativity Kits foster creativity in children ages 6-14 (feature easy to use technology that allow kids to start creating without a steep learning curve), for use in classrooms or other group settings 

Wordcrafters in Eugene
Wordcrafters in Eugene creates opportunities for local writers and readers to strengthen their relationship with literature and develop their writing skills.
Arts Education: Free poetry workshops. The Writers in the School (WITS) program offers in-school workshops, author visits and long term projects with local writers.

Emerald Art Center (EAC)
The Emerald Art Center provides space and opportunities to create and exhibit art. 
Professional Development: Workshops catered primarily to adults focused on developing skills and techniques in different mediums
Resources: Houses a library with books, materials and dvds all relating to art.

Eugene Public Library
Resources: Teacher resources (K-6); online resources; learning kits; spaces for student project displays
The Maker Hub at the library is open every day of the week. Discover, create, prototype, and have fun in an open, unguided environment. Explore 3D printing and fabrication, sewing and textiles, electronics and robots, digital media, graphic design, crafts, and more.

Imagination International
Arts Education: Collaborative in-school murals with local artist Bayne Gardner; “Artie” the Imagination Art Bus is a mobile art classroom that travels around Lane County
Professional Development: Training and workshops; demos and presentations
Resources: Free lesson plan resources; art supplies

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
The JSMA serves as a space for engaged learning and teaching through their programming, exhibitions and expansive collections of art and objects.
Arts Education: Youth programs (on-site and in-school); art camps; school museum tours (can be combined with studio activities relating to a chosen theme)
Professional Development: Professional development workshops for K-12 teachers; Teacher Resource Center with downloadable curriculum resources; Outreach Kits

Lane Arts Council
Lane Arts Council cultivates strong and creative arts communities in Lane County.
Arts Education: In-school programs (artist residencies and performance assemblies) throughout Lane County (schools can choose from a roster of 20-30 teaching artists); after-school student apprenticeships in design and fine art; art summer camp in Veneta
Professional Development: Workshops for artists; hosts annual Northwest Arts Integration conference

Lane County History Museum
Lane County History Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting Lane County History.
Arts Education: Guided/self-guided tours for schools; “Traveling Trunks” for one-week check out to provide supplemental hands-on learning
Resources: Archive of books, photos and documents related to the history of Lane County, largely accessible to the public; additional online resources

Materials Exchange Center for the Community Arts (MECCA)
MECCA is dedicated to recycling and redirecting materials from the waste stream back into the creative endeavours of the community. 
Arts Education: Work with them to plan projects and field trips catered to teaching needs
Professional Development: Classes and workshops
Resources: Teacher resource center and warehouse; free art supplies

Maude Kerns Art Center
A community arts center that provides outreach programs, classes, workshops and art exhibits.
Arts Education: A variety of different workshops and classes for all ages.


Mele ‘Ohana
Mele O’hana is dedicated to promoting and preserving the culture of Hawai‘i through music, dance and education. 
Arts Education: Workshops and classes teaching hula and building ukeles
Resources: Hosts a variety of different monthly events and performances (these events are often free or have a small suggested donation)

Music Education & Performing Artists Association (MEPAA)
MEPAA focuses on developing opportunities and programming in music specifically catered to women and youth. 
Resources: Hosts a weekly all ages event (MuseArt); local musicians perform while participants draw, paint and create; free art supplies provided; all mediums and skill levels welcome. 
Arts Education: Offers various free music workshops and performance opportunities for children and youth under 21, accommodating all skill levels (instruments and equipment provided)

Oregon Ballet Academy
The Oregon Ballet Academy is dedicated to offering the finest in dance training and performance. 
Arts Education: Provides a training ground for aspiring artists and dance enthusiasts of all ages, from preschool to pre-professional
Resources: Tuition Free Boys Program open to boys ages 10-19

Oregon Children’s Choir
he Oregon Children’s Choir was formed supplements in-school musical training by providing advanced choral experiences for talented students of music (grades K-12).

Rose Children’s Theatre
A community youth theater dedicated to supporting children interested in performing arts. 
Arts Education: Auditions for productions throughout the year; workshops and camps

Upstart Crow Studios
The vision of Upstart Crow Studios has always been to seek out the everyday child. They produce children’s theatre productions throughout the year and offer educational opportunities to inspire children with through theatre arts.
Arts Education: Classes for children of all skill levels (ages 4-18)

West African Cultural Arts Institute (WACAI)
Dedicated to teaching West African music, dance, culture.
Arts Education: Community dance classes, drum workshops, lectures/demonstrations, community outreach events, performances, in-school residency and assembly programs. Integrate West African dance, music and culture into the school curriculum through in-school residencies.

DanceAbility International
DanceAbility is dedicated to connecting people with and without disabilities through movement and dance.  
Arts Education: In-school performances (Extension curriculum is provided alongside performances to create classroom dialogue, and educate children about the potential of people with and without disabilities); their Youth Outreach Teacher’s Guide provides information on integrating the performance into your curriculum
Professional Development: Teacher trainings, workshops and educational materials for teachers of inclusive dance

Eugene Ballet Company and Eugene Ballet Academy
Eugene Ballet offers education opportunities throughout the season, engaging dance enthusiasts of all ages. Dance training at Eugene Ballet is supported by the Eugene Ballet Academy and the youth performing division, Eugene Youth Ballet. Free boys program.

Eugene Children’s Film Festival
The Eugene Children’s Film Festival organizes events to encourage growth among K-12 students in the areas of the arts, technology and academics. Organizes a film festival  that showcases movies produced by kids. Films can be submitted (no entry fee required) by students grades K-12.

Eugene Symphony
Eugene Symphony presents a wide variety of programming and events focused on enriching the community through music and performance. 
Arts Education: Several programs and workshops for students. EYMA (Encouraging Young Musicians to Achieve) is a year-long program during which professional musicians work with school orchestra and band instructors to develop a series of visits which could include professional development, rehearsals and discussions. 
Resources: Grants for field trips and concert funds

Eugene Youth Orchestra
Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestra inspires and leads students on a journey of discovery through orchestral instruction and performance.
Arts Education: Various instruction throughout the year from beginning classes to advanced orchestras; collaborate with area schools and arts organizations
Resources: Need-based program; private lesson scholarships available

Imagine That! 
Arts Education: Imagine That! Summer Adventures provides two-week creative arts and performance summer camps for children ages 7-13.

John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
The Shedd Institute is home to performances, productions, festivals, music classes and community gatherings year-round in support of performing arts in Lane County.
Arts Education: Classes and private lessons for all ages in a wide range of musical instruments and styles; summer music camps; “Music & World Cultures” school music enrichment assembly program and curriculum packet


Grace Fletcher
Art therapy/counseling services for adults, teens and children


Puertas Abiertas Latino/Latina Rites of Passage Summer Academy
The Puertas Abiertas Latino/Latina Rites of Passage summer academy is an academic and cultural enrichment experience for Chicano/Latino high school and middle school students in Lane County. The primary goal of the program is to develop positive values and proactive habits that will maximize the students' opportunities for success. In the Puertas Abiertas ("Open Doors") academy, students learn about cultural history, how to excel in their classes, how to become a bicultural leader, and how to accomplish their goals. The program uses a cultural framework based on Mexican American, Latino/Latina, Caribbean and Hispanic experiences.

Springfield Public Library
Resources: bilingual events; Dia de los Ninos (Day of Children) / Dia de los Libros (Day of Books), an international holiday celebrating “many children, many cultures, many books.

Centro Latino Americano
A bilingual, multicultural agency serving Latino families in Lane County. They offer many programs, activities, events, outings and resources including a Youth Mentoring Program serving at-risk youth in middle and high school.

Eugene Arte Latino
Online resource for Latino/Latina arts and culture happenings in Portland and Eugene. 

Fiesta Cultural
An annual program of Lane Arts Council, Fiesta Cultural is a four-month long celebration of Latino art, culture, and heritage with events happening throughout Lane County from September through December.

Milagro Theatre (Portland)
The premier Latino arts and culture center of the Pacific Northwest, Milagro provides Latino theatre, culture, and arts education for the enrichment of all communities.
Arts Education: Touring original bilingual plays and educational residencies; online study guides.


Oregon Country Fair
Bill Wooten Endowment Fund grants reflect the spirit of the Fair by supporting youth-centered projects in the Fern Ridge community that promote arts, education and cultural diversity; work toward creating a peaceful, just and environmentally sustainable society; and build community. In addition, Board of Directors Donations support a wide range of organizations.

Oregon Community Foundation
Community and education grants for organizations in partnership with schools 

Donors Choose empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students.

Lane Arts Council
Community Arts Grant are funded by the City of Eugene and administered by Lane Arts Council. This grant provides funding for arts and culture projects and programs in Eugene.

Lane County Cultural Coalition
The Lane County Cultural Coalition exists to support and encourage the cultural life of our community, and does this through Cultural Opportunity Grants. These grants are funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust and administered by the Lane County Cultural Coalition.

Oregon Arts Commission
Arts services, arts learning and arts & culture grants for partnering organizations