Downtown Program Fund

Downtown Program Fund Events

Downtown Program Fund 2018 Recipients

Congratulations to our 2018 Downtown Program Fund recipients!

ArtCity Eugene


Friday, Sept. 21 • 8-11 p.m.

Park Blocks

As night falls, this event will showcase multidisciplinary art incorporating light, sculpture, music, film, dance and poetry in an illuminated outdoor pop-up gallery.

ArtCity Eugene

Studio Without Walls

July 20, August 17, Sept. 21 • 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Park Blocks

A series of three events that invite the public to watch art-making and engage with artists as they bring their crafts of painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpting, dance, performance, art installations, music and more.

DanceAbility International

Movement for Memory

Tuesdays, June 26-August 14 • 11 a.m.-Noon

Park Blocks

An eight-week series of dance classes that invites seniors and others to connect neurological processes with physical activity through expressive movement.

EugeneTech & CodeChops


June 26, July 31, August 28, Sept. 25 • 8-10 p.m.

Kesey Square

A larger than life PONG video game with giant controllers and a huge screen. The four events offer instruction followed by an open competition.

EventStar Productions, L.L.C.

Beats & BBQ

Sunday, Sept. 30 • 2-6 p.m.

Park Blocks

Eugene's best grill masters and beat blasters square off for bragging rights and prizes. Judged by hungry event attendees.

Honk! Fest Eugene

Friday, June 8 • 5:30-10 p.m.

Kesey Square

This street music festival blends the spirit of a block party and the art of global music with the grit of street performance. Musicians draw inspiration from traditions including New Orleans parade bands, Klezmer street bands, Balkan brass bands and Brazilian samba drumlines.

Lane Arts Council

Summer Soul

Friday, July 6• 5:30-8 p.m.

Kesey Square

A large-scale concert with Eugene’s new Tower Of Power funk tribute band, in conjunction with the First Friday ArtWalk.

Lane County Farmers Market

Tuesday Farmers Market Family Days

June 26, July 24, August 14 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Park Blocks

Family fun with The School Garden Project, MECCA, WhitPrint and Rainbow Kids Yoga to get curiosity and creativity flowing. There will also be a smoothie blender bicycle, ladybug release, story hour, giant chess set, live music and more.

SLUG Queen Santa Frida Babosita

Meet Me in the Zocalo

Sunday, August 5 • 1-8 p.m.

Park Blocks

A celebration of Latinx culture inspired by the lively city centers of Mexico. A family friendly event with music, dancing, community art projects, food trucks and more.

Tropical Contemporary

Black Apotrope

Friday, July 6 • 6-8 p.m., Downtown Public Library

Enjoy an evening of poetry and art as Tropical Contemporary partners with Portland-based Black Apotrope, a collective of poets and artists documenting black queer aesthetics.

Narrowly Mended

Saturday, Sept. 8 • Noon-4 p.m, Kesey Square

Bring a piece of clothing or other meaningful textile that represents a piece of your identity. Help us create a quilt or tapestry that shows our diverse and beautiful community in a way that is visible to all.

Applications are closed for 2018.

What is the Downtown Program Fund?

Is there an event or artistic installation you have been wanting to grow 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 the summer of 2018 in and around the Park Blocks, Kesey Square and the Downtown Library Plaza. 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 downtown public spaces through programming is a key strategy to bring people and positive energy to the spaces. 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


  • The Downtown Program Fund is open to all organizations and individuals engaged in creative and cultural arts media and disciplines that are headquartered/physically reside within Lane County.
  • Proposed programming must take place between April 1 and September 30, 2018.
  • Programs must take place in or around one of downtown Eugene’s outdoor public spaces of the Park Blocks, Kesey Square and/or the Library Plaza.
  • Programs must be free and accessible to the public.
  • Programs in the Park Blocks must work around the Saturday Market, Farmer’s Market (Saturdays and Tuesdays), the lunchtime street performance series and other scheduled programming.
  • 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 agree to 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 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 more than once during the summer.

Contact Us

  1. Sarah-Kate Sharkey
    Resource Development & Communications Manger
    Ph: 541-682-6342