Arts and culture in our schools have been
shown to raise graduation rates, lower
absenteeism, and bolster test scores,
helping our students be better prepared
to succeed in college and the work place.
Culture is just as integral to local economies
across Oregon, as it is to rich community life.
With a sector that supports 15,000 jobs, creates
$1.2 billion in economic impact and funds over $57
million in essential government services through
income tax revenues, local arts and culture
organizations are hard at work for Oregon.
Oregon is home to 15,941 historic homes,
sites, buildings, bridges and districts.
Preservation of these historical resources
supports our economy, honors our heritage,
educates our students and invites visitors
to deepen their understanding and
appreciation of our state and its people.
Building Strong Communities
Heritage and the humanities recognize
our struggles and achievements, both past
and present, preserving our rich history and
strengthening our ties as a community.
New plays, new works, new ways of thinking;
innovation, invention, and problem solving,
all start with seeds of creativity and
grow into a stronger Oregon.