Arts and Culture

In 2012, a gift from the estate of Fred W. Fields transformed OCF into the largest charitable funder of the arts in Oregon. OCF stewards millions of dollars in annual support for essential arts and arts education programs in communities across the state.

  • Creative Heights

    To help artists and cultural organizations stretch their creative capacity, share new works and test new ideas, OCF awards up to $1 million per year through the Creative Heights initiative.

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  • Fields Artist Fellowship

    The Fields Artist Fellowship awards $100,000 each to artists to advance their artistic practices and explore the state’s “opportunity gap,” reflected in widening disparities in life outcomes for low-income children, children of color and rural children in Oregon.

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  • Improving Arts Education in Schools

    To support equitable access to high-quality arts education across Oregon, OCF will award $600,000 over two years to improve existing in-school K-12 arts education programs.

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  • Small Arts and Culture Grants

    To support Oregon's smallest arts and culture organizations, OCF will award $350,000 annually to eligible organizations in every region of our state.

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  • Studio to School

    To increase access to arts education for Oregon schoolchildren, OCF awarded $5 million over five years through the Studio to School initiative to provide multiyear support for 18 partnerships between community arts organizations and schools.

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  • Arts and Education Community Grants

    To ensure responsiveness to communities statewide, OCF awards grants for strategic arts projects to address community needs twice per year within our Community Grant Program.

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  • Bonnie Bronson Visual Arts Fellowship

    Family and friends established the Bonnie Bronson Fund at OCF in her memory in 1991. Each year the Bronson Fund, through its confidential nomination and selection process, has honored a visual artist from the Pacific Northwest with a fellowship and the purchase of their work for the Bonnie Bronson Collection. The Collection is housed at Reed College and prominently displayed throughout the campus.

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  • GO Kids

    Our GO Kids initiative works with OCF volunteers statewide to raise awareness of Oregon's "opportunity gap" - created by widening disparities for children based on where they live, their race or family circumstance. Local volunteer networks can tailor solutions for activities that will work in their communities, bringing new resources to existing work.

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  • The Van Evera Bailey Fellowship

    The Van Evera Bailey Fellowship was inaugurated in 2001 as a collaborative project of OCF and the Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO). The Fellowship annually invites creative proposals for Fellowships that advance the professional development of mid-career architects and related professionals, and encourage them to make greater contributions to their profession and their community. The current Fellowship award is $25,000.

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