Lane Arts Council announces $63,800 in grants to artists and arts organizations in the Eugene area through three local grant programs: Community Arts Grant Program Grant, Community Arts Project Grant, and Artist Grant. These programs are funded by City of Eugene Cultural Services Division and administered by Lane Arts Council.

This year, the goal of the Community Arts Program Grant is to support nonprofit arts organizations in their strategic development and organizational goal fulfillment. The Community Arts Program Grant is essential in sustaining our vibrant and diverse arts and culture community in Eugene. View the 2022-23 Program Grant recipients here.

Community Arts Program Grants support organizations like Music Education & Performing Artists Association (MEPAA) in covering costs associated with their newly opened Music & Arts Center. This includes paying instructional staff and mentor artists as they deliver, “unique holistic, student-centered music and arts education programming to our community and, in particular, underrepresented populations.”

The Community Arts Project Grant returns this year to support individuals, collectives, or organizations with projects that emphasize accessibility to underserved audiences and provide programming that takes place in Eugene. Awarded projects include artist marketplaces, educational programs, theatre productions, musical performances, and more! View the 2022-23 Project Grant recipients here.

Wordcrafters in Eugene will use their awarded Project Grant funds to host Write Club, “a series of monthly writing workshops that give young writers the opportunity to explore different forms and genres of creative writing.”

Artist Grants provide financial support to artists to pursue a new creative endeavor, invest in their artistic development, or bolster artistic business capacity in order to advance their career. View the 2022-23 Artist Grant recipients here.

Artist Grant recipient, Valentina Gonzalez, will use the funds to invest in essential tech equipment to begin her work on The Heritage Project, which “focuses on cross cultural skill sharing and artistic practice.” Gonzalez shared, “My father was an immigrant from a family of artists in Chile. The US led coup in 1973 propelled artists to use their craft to inspire radical social change […] It’s important for me to learn about the origins of my family’s artistic and cultural practices and share that information, in an interactive way, with my community.”

“These grants are an important means for supporting Eugene’s arts and culture ecosystem. They help provide opportunities for artists, ensure diverse and accessible cultural experiences for Eugene residents, and support the viability of local arts organizations. We are grateful to partner with the City of Eugene to support our arts community in such a direct and meaningful way.” – Stacey Ray, Lane Arts Council Executive Director

Join us to celebrate awarded projects and artists by attending our Virtual Grant Award Ceremony live on Thursday, July 14th at 5pm on Lane Arts Council’s YouTube and Facebook.

Mural on a Little Free Pantry in Springfield, by Valentina Gonzalez, Artist Grant recipient