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The Oregon Arts Commission is committed to developing and delivering a strong arts education for every Oregon student.

Qualities such as teamwork, imagination, and adaptability are intrinsic to participation in the arts. In addition, the arts heighten quality of life in schools by producing more motivated students, higher student engagement, and greater community involvement. Ultimately, students who experience the arts have a greater capacity for expressing their ideas and listening to the ideas of others.

The Arts Commission strategically invests in Oregon’s arts education by providing Arts Learning grants. Grantees are part of a vibrant learning community that includes many regional and national organizations. We provide a dedicated and professional staff to council organizations in the structuring of programs and evaluation of initiatives. Dedicated to arts education research and information exchanges, the Arts Commission provides multifaceted support to educators and students of all levels.

Literary Arts925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

30 Years of Supporting Readers, Writers, and Students
Literary Arts began in 1984 with a small lecture series designed to bring leading authors and cultural thinkers to Portland. Within four years, demand for tickets moved Portland Arts & Lectures to the 2,700–seat concert hall at which it currently resides. Now a Portland tradition, the series brings the brightest minds of our day to present original talks about literature, art, history and contemporary culture before one of the largest lecture audiences in the country.
 In order to advance the arts throughout Oregon, the Oregon Arts Commission maintains collaborative partnerships with other arts organizations across the state
Arts Northwest maintains a communications network among presenters of performing arts events throughout the Northwest region of the United States and Canada. They provide services to Northwest presenters to enhance their professional and booking capabilities, enabling performances of regional, national, and international significance to Northwest audiences.

Arts Northwest also promotes booking opportunities for artists who reside in the Northwest to tour within and outside the Northwest region. The Oregon Arts Commission provides additional support to presenting organizations and performing artists through its sponsorship of Arts Northwest.

In addition to financial support, the program produces the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour, which connects writers and readers throughout the state with readings, classroom visits, and workshops.

Finally, thank you to everyone who joined us for our season opener with Francis Ford Coppola. We look forward to seeing more of you this fall for upcoming events, writing classes, and seminars, including our 33rd season of Portland Arts & Lectures.
Examine the work of two of the most important American poets of the 20th century and consider the role that mental illness and personal tragedy played in the making of their art. 
775 Summer St NE
Salem, Oregon
Call (503) 986-0082