Downtown Program Fund

Downtown Program Fund 2018 Events

2019 Downtown Program Fund Recipients

Congratulations to our 2019 Downtown Program Fund recipients!

ArtCity Eugene

Studio Without Walls

Friday, July 19 • 5:30-8 p.m.

East Park Blocks

A EuroEugene-style environment with music, dance, poetry, and a diverse range of artmaking. Meet local artists. Food/beverage vendors on site. All ages welcome.

ArtCity Eugene

Studio Without Walls

Monday, August 16 • 5:30-8 p.m.

East Park Blocks

A EuroEugene-style environment with music, dance, poetry, and a diverse range of artmaking. Meet local artists. Food/beverage vendors on site. All ages welcome.

ArtCity Eugene


Friday, September 20 • 7:30-10 p.m.

East Park Blocks

A showcase of art that incorporates light. An outdoor, pop-up gallery that is truly illuminating. Meet local artists. Food/beverage vendors on site. All ages welcome.

Danceability International

Street Parade: Urban Intervention

Saturday, April 27 • TBD


The street parade is a signature event produced as part of DanceAbility workshops and trainings worldwide. “Informances” or “Urban Interventions” are meant to bring mixed-abilities out in the open, and to make a statement about accessibility by delivering a performance directly to the public, with no venue wall or ticket booth to separate those who can come and those who cannot.

Denbaya Drum and Dance: African Dance and Drumming in the Streets

Drum and Dance with Denbaya

Friday, July 19 • 5:30–8 p.m. at East Park Blocks

Tuesday, July 30 • 12:30-1:15 p.m. at West Park Blocks

Tuesday, August 13 • 12:30-1:15 p.m. at West Park Blocks

Tuesday, August 16 • 5:30–8 p.m. at East Park Blocks

Sunday, September 22 • TBD at TBD (Downtown Sunday Streets)

Drummer & dancer, Fodé Sylla of Guinea, West Africa, brings his high energy, giant smile and extraordinary talents to the streets of Eugene with Denbaya Drum & Dance troupe. Together they will demonstrate West African rhythm and dance, inviting community members to participate in learning simple patterns together and playing stand-up bucket drums in unison.

Downtown Eugene Inc.: Aesthetic Alleyway Lighting 

Information to be announced



Tuesday, June 25 • 8-10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 30 • 8-10 p.m.

Tuesday, August 27 • 8-10 p.m.

Kesey Square

Local artists, musicians, game developers, and makers welcome the community a larger than life-sized electronic PONG tournament using GIANT controllers, projected on a HUGE, 20-foot screen. Great fun for the whole family with costumes and activities.

Integrated Arts (Harmonic Laboratory)

Culture Caravan

Thursday, September 26 • 5-9 p.m.

Friday, October 4 • 5-9 p.m.

October date TBD

Thursday, October 24 • 5-9 p.m.

Kesey Square

Culture Caravan is a mobile media kiosk that turns virtual reality inside out to deliver rich and immersive experiences to those with little or no access to live performance, media arts, and dance.

Lane Arts Council

First Friday ArtWalk

Friday, June 7 • 5:30-8 p.m., featuring ArtsAlive

Friday, July 5 • 5:30-8 p.m., featuring Sara B3 and 45 RPM

Friday, October 4 • 5:30-8 p.m., featuring Wordcrafters in Eugene

Kesey Square

First Friday ArtWalk is the monthly celebration of downtown Eugene’s creative and artistic excellence. 

Oregon Supported Living Program

Stray Cast Improve in Kesey Square

Saturdays, July 13 - September 14 • 10 a.m.-Noon

Kesey Square  

Come get together for Improv games, music and laughter. A great way to meet new friends. People of all abilities welcome. No talent required! 

Positive Community Kitchen

Nourish: Food for Life

Tuesday, May 14 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 11 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 9 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 13 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 10 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 8 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Farmers Market on the East Park Block

Presented by Positive Community Kitchen with support from the Downtown Program Fund

This summer pick up some fresh recipes and cooking tips by attending these monthly FREE cooking demos designed to inspire and to simplify preparing healing meals in your home.


Yoga For Every Body

Wednesday, May 1 • 6-7 p.m.

Kesey Square

Celebrate May with Yoga For Every Body! Join our adaptive yoga class downtown to connect your breath & body in mindful ways. Suitable for ANYONE who can sit or stand, this class makes yoga fun & easy for everyone.

Hip Hop Yoga - Solstice Street Fair

Friday, June 21 • 5:30-9 p.m.

West Park Blocks

Party downtown on the longest day of the year with a live DJ hip-hop yoga class at the West Park Blocks! Followed by Happy Hour beer garden & tiny Street Fair including food carts & hip hop retail.

Family Day Yoga at the Farmers Market

Tuesday, June 25 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

West Park Blocks

Join SUPER YOGI for special super yoga training for children of all ages. OPEN SESSION on the West Park Block. Drop in anytime.

YOGA-OKE!: Sing-a-long Yoga & Karaoke

Thursday, October 10 • 5:30-7 p.m.

Kesey Square

Move your body & sing your heart out! It’s YOG-AOKE! Join us downtown to croon along with your cat/cow. A mindful, fun all ages yoga class with live sing-a-long to open your heart!

Track Town Swing

Track Town Throwdown: Live Music Swing Dance

Saturday, October 5 • 3-5 p.m.

Kesey Square

Presented by Track Town Swing with support from the Downtown Program Fund

Outdoor Swing dance with live music and intro lesson followed by swing dance performance - featuring local and regional dancers. 

Tropical Contemporary: The Path Less Traveled

Information to be announced

Applications are closed for 2019

What is the Downtown Program Fund?

Is there an event or artistic installation you have been wanting to present downtown?

The Downtown Program Fund may be for you! The Fund aims to activate downtown Eugene’s public spaces by expanding artistic and cultural programming. Funding in the range of $1,000 - $5,000 will be awarded to organizations or individuals who wish to produce their own quality programming during April – October 2019 in outdoor public spaces in Eugene’s downtown core. Funding can support any artistic or cultural discipline, including visual, dance, music, theater, film/video/media and multidisciplinary fields.

Why does the program exist?

Downtown Eugene has great potential to be the civic, commercial and social heart of the city. The City of Eugene is working toward this vision through improvements to downtown infrastructure, public safety, social services and events. Activation of public spaces through programming is a key strategy to bring people and positive energy to the downtown core. We seek to expand the breadth and quality of downtown activation by supporting additional programming by cultural and artistic partners.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Application
  3. Timeline
  4. FAQ's
  5. 2018  Fund Recipients


  • The Downtown Program Fund is open to all organizations and individuals engaged in creative, cultural, arts and media and disciplines that are headquartered/physically reside within Lane County.
  • Proposed programming must take place between April 1 and October 31, 2019.
  • Programs must take place in an outdoor public space in Eugene’s downtown core, including but not limited to the Park Blocks, Kesey Square and the Library Plaza.
  • Programs must be free and accessible to the public.
  • Programs must work around already-scheduled programming. Check back here in January for a calendar of the season’s scheduled events.
  • Applicants must provide a 1:1 cash match for the project for all City funds awarded (i.e. if the City awards you $1,000, you must also contribute at least $1,000 toward your project costs).
  • Applicants must include the City of Eugene Cultural Services logo on all visual marketing materials for the program, and/or the written name in program press releases or other written information.
  • Upon completion of the program, applicants must complete a brief report and provide the City with 3-5 high-quality, copyright-free digital photographs of the program for use in future City promotions.
  • Applicants may submit proposals for as many as two programs, in which case a complete and separate proposal for each project is required.


  • A collaboration between multiple individuals or organizations.
  • Occurring in the late afternoon or evening (4-10 p.m.)
  • Occurring in April, May or October.
  • Occurring more than once during the season.

Contact Us

  1. Sarah-Kate Sharkey
    Community Engagement Manager
    Ph: 541-682-6342