Cultural Services News & Stories

Posted on: March 3, 2021

Community Programs Spring Update

Strings at the Streatery Summer 2020


Thank you for visiting our website! You may be asking yourself, will we dance in the streets surrounded by friends and strangers under the summer sky again? Will we gather with friends, family and colleagues downtown again? The answer is yes. Yes we will! We may not know when this will happen, but we’re ready to have a great time with our community when it is safe to do so.

Our Community Events and Public Art team remains steadfast in our mission to provide thoughtful leadership that cultivates a more vibrant, creative and resilient community through artistic and collaborative experiences. 

We recognize that creativity is essential to our community’s recovery. The recovery of our economic sector, recovery of downtown Eugene, but most importantly the recovery of our community’s collective soul. The convergence of the  pandemic, the economic crisis, and the social justice movement has our team reflecting on the role of cultural producers and artists as we make sense of this time. We know the cultural sector and creative community play a profound role in social change. Change that shines light on issues of equity and justice and creates opportunity for a more equitable Eugene. 

We are  committed to fostering a sense of belonging for all artists, partners, community members and cultural producers by providing platforms, resources, opportunities and agency to amplify their stories, heritage, art and culture, where race does not predetermine access or success. We carry this ethos with us through all of our programs. We also acknowledge that our actions, sometimes unconscious and unintentional have benefited dominant communities more greatly while limiting opportunities and outcomes for communities of color. We are committed to doing better and being better. 

With limitations to gathering due to COVID-19 we have focused on finding a balance between investing in artists, producing temporary public art installations through our Windowfront Exhibitions, supporting events through the Downtown Program Fund, programming ambient performance downtown and more. We know there is an interest in gathering safely in person when the moment comes. Like you, we can not wait! We can not wait for dancing downtown under the stars at Fiesta Cultural, coming together in person for the Mayor’s Art Show, enjoying concerts in the parks and so much more. When the time comes, we’ll be ready to celebrate community with you in as many ways as we can! 

Wishing you health and happiness,

Colette Ramirez
Community Programs Senior Manager | Events + Public Art

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