Artistic Encounters

Umbrellas with light

Don’t let the rain and the dark get you down – come play! This winter, look for fun and unexpected entertainment in the downtown core with light, color and music that emerges at dusk or with the rain.

Rain Play



Presented by ArtCity Eugene

Rain Play is an ephemeral sidewalk art installation, inviting you out in the rain to explore Downtown Eugene to discover art that only appears when it rains!

Rain Machine

January-April • 12-1 p.m.


Presented by Tropical Contemporary

Come play in the rain with Tropical Contemporary artist Jam Jessie Allison and their original "Rain Machine" designed to interact and respond to the weather to make music. The worse the weather, the better the jam!

Winter Lights

January 15-April 30 • Sun.-Thurs. Dusk-10 p.m. & Fri.-Sat. Dusk-12 a.m.

10th & Willamette, Broadway & Charnelton & 856 Willamette

Presented by Harmonic Laboratory

Creative technologists of Harmonic Laboratory will illuminate vacant storefronts in Downtown Eugene with digital video art works, including a multi-channel synchronized video installation by John Park. Projections will feature varying artists, including dance made for film collected by Northwest Screendance, visual art and poetry by Sam Roxas-Chua and more. Videos will be running starting at dusk every day. Come explore!

The Umbrella Project

January through 1st week of March • Twice per week at Dusk


Presented by ArtCity Eugene 

The Umbrella Project is a roaming, time-based art experience that provides ambiance and brings an ever-changing and engaging display of live illuminated artistic encounters.

Roaming Ambiance

January 30-1st week in April • 12- 1 p.m. & Dusk


Presented by Tropical Contemporary

Tropical Contemporary welcomes The Farce Family, Dubelevay Circus, and special guest artists from near and far, to use contemporary dance, costume and the surrounding environment to tell the story of the changing of the seasons from Fall, Winter and finally to the light of Spring.

The Umbrella Project Auction

Friday, March 1 • 5:30-8 p.m.

Kesey Square

Presented by ArtCity Eugene

The Umbrella Project Auction will include all 100 umbrellas and featured performers from The Umbrella Project sunset artistic encounters. All original artist-designed, illuminated umbrellas will be auctioned off and proceeds will go to benefit the 15th Night community movement for homeless middle and high school youth in Lane County and the artists.

Puddle Disco

Friday, April 5 • 5:30-8 p.m.

Kesey Square

Presented by Tropical Contemporary

Celebrate the wet weather of the northwest with Tropical Contemporary artists with free ponchos, hot cocoa and a DJ puddle dance party, featuring interactive performances from their Artistic Encounters winter programming series including The Farce Family and Dubelevay Circus and Jam Jessie Allison's "Rain Machine."

The Artistic Encounters program uses creative cultural activations of public space in the downtown core with artists from a variety of disciplines. The intention of the program is to create fun and provide the unexpected, facilitate connections among artists and community members and contribute to Eugeaneans feeling a sense of place. Ideally, these programmed encounters will foster a culture that catalyzes other authentic and spontaneous creative expressions. 


The Artistic Encounters program supports the City of Eugene’s larger initiative to revitalize downtown through improvements of infrastructure, public safety, social services and events. The program furthers the City of Eugene Cultural Services’ mission of providing responsible and catalytic leadership that supports the public’s vision for a thriving arts and culture sector.

Contact Us

  1. Community Programs Senior Manager
    Colette Ramirez
    Ph: 541-682-6347

    Downtown Programs Manager
    Mindy Linder
    Ph: 541-682-6360

    Production Coordinators
    Ph: 541-682-5542
    Kerry Weeks
    Oliver Neill
    Tara Burke
    Melissa Padron
    Nate Trowbridge