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.

Recipients of the 2023-24 Program Grant include:

  • #instaballet
  • Adventure! Children’s Museum
  • Chamber Music Amici
  • Eugene PeaceWorks
  • Maude Kerns Art Center
  • Music Educators and Performing Artists Association (MEPAA)
  • Viking Textile Maker Hub
  • Willamette Jazz Society
  • Xcape Dance Company

Community Arts Program Grants support organizations like Xcape Dance Company in covering costs associated with current work and future endeavors. This includes reaching their intention to “create a BIPOC community center that serves [the] city at large.”

The Community Arts Project Grant supports individuals, collectives, or organizations with projects that emphasize accessibility to underserved audiences and provide programming that takes place in Eugene. Awarded projects include theatrical performances, mural projects, education programs, storytelling and documentation initiatives, and more!

Recipients of the 2023-24 Project Grant include:

  • Autism Rocks
  • Eugene Cuban Salsa
  • Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble
  • Irving Grange
  • Music’s Edge Rock Camp
  • NATIVES Program
  • Out and About Theater
  • Wordcrafters in Eugene

Out and About Theater will use their awarded Project Grant funds to create a devised original theatrical work that, “pushes the boundaries of traditional theater to expand perceptions of what theater can be and what it can achieve. It will be an experimental, avant-garde production that draws primarily from [the creators’] experiences of existing outside of hetero-normative and cisgender binaries.”

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.

Recipients of the 2023-24 Artist Grant include:

  • Ciara Cuddihy-Hernandez
  • Cynthia Gutierrez Garner
  • Dee Etzwiler
  • Emily Halnon
  • Jen Sennett
  • Rachell Jarvis
  • Sarah Grew

Artist Grant recipient, Rachell Jarvis, will use the funds to invest in essential materials and operating expenses to offer affordable community workshops and experiences in glass art making. In partnership with husband and fellow glass instructor, Tim Jarvis, these workshops will break down barriers to glass artistry to expand the local glass art community, following systems and steps to ensure they, “provide equitable access to all ages, races, backgrounds and abilities.”

An announcement including descriptions of each organization, project, and artist will be posted by mid-July.

Please join us in celebrating these worthy recipients!

“St. Croix Watershed Research Station” (2021) by Dee Etzwiler, a 2023-2024 Artist Grant recipient.