Explore Oregon’s arts and culture resources
Please note: This is not a comprehensive list.
- General Resources
- Event Listings
- Listen + Watch (podcasts, radio stations, performances, videos)
- Engage (community talks, meet-ups)
- Read (publications)
- Learn (education/classes)
- Art & About – By providing visibility for the Pacific Northwest’s contemporary art scene, Art & About serves as a resource for artists and art enthusiasts in the City of Portland. Its website features an exhibition calendar, interviews with artists and curators, and reviews.
- Art Center East – A source for information sharing and a resource for fostering the growth of rural arts and cultural organizations in Eastern Oregon.
- Asian Pacific Network of Oregon Resource Page – Uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to advocate for social justice, APANO is involved in community organizing, political advocacy, and cultural work aimed at shifting perceptions and re-envisioning an equitable world.
- Dance Wire – A resource for all things movement-related in the City of Portland, Dance Wire works to increase prosperity and visibility of dance.
- Eugene Cultural Services – This government resource supports arts and culture in Eugene.
- Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council – The council oversees the growth and development of arts and culture in the City of Hillsboro.
- Jazz Society of Oregon – This nonprofit organization is dedicated to promoting jazz in the Pacific Northwest.
- Oregon Cultural Trust – Oregon’s 45 county and tribal Cultural Coalitions are funded directly by the Oregon Cultural Trust and are unique to the state. Explore them here.
- Oregon Arts Commission – A statewide resource to stimulate creativity, leadership and economic vitality in Oregon.
- Portland Area Theatre Alliance – Resources for people working in theater in the Portland area, including information about upcoming auditions, discussion forums, grant opportunities, and more.
- Regional Arts and Culture Council – RACC provides grants for arts organizations in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County and works to create an environment in which the arts can flourish and prosper.
- The Skanner Resources Page – The Skanner advances the cause of the Black Press in the Northwestern United States. Its community page includes resources for education, nonprofits, community events, Black history, arts and culture, and more.
- Tualatin Valley Creates – Tualatin Valley Creates promotes arts, culture, heritage, and humanities in Washington County.
- All Classical Portland – A cultural events calendar with a focus on Portland’s classical music events.
- Art & About Calendar – An online calendar for the visual arts in the City of Portland.
- Dance Wire – Dance Wire’s event calendar keeps track of upcoming dance performances, workshops, auditions, and more.
- PDX Pipeline Calendar – A resource for exploring the city, the PDX Pipeline Calendar features a diverse array of Portland’s upcoming cultural activities.
- Portland Art Dealers Association – Promotes gallery shows in the Portland area.
- Portland Mercury/EverOut Calendar – An eclectic calendar of cultural activities in the Portland area.
- Regional Arts and Culture Council – A list of upcoming events that are sponsored in part by Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council.
- Travel Portland Calendar – A wide-ranging list of things to do in the Portland area.
- Tualatin Valley Creates Calendar – A calendar of upcoming cultural events in Washington County.
Around the State
- Art Center East – A list of upcoming cultural classes in La Grande.
- Eugene Cultural Services – The City of Eugene’s cultural services program hosts family-friendly and accessible community events throughout the year.
- Jazz Society of Oregon – A calendar of upcoming jazz performances in the Pacific Northwest.
- Stay Ashland – A catalog of cultural events taking place in Ashland, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
- Berm – A creative arts print magazine that publishes quarterly.
- Black Bulb Mag – Founded in 2021, the publication is dedicated to Portland’s arts, music, culture, tech, and food scene.
- Cascade A&E – Central Oregon’s arts magazine has been publishing since 1995.
- Eleven – A source for learning about new local and national music.
- Mercatus – Connecting Portlanders to entrepreneurs of color, Mercatus seeks to elevate ethnically diverse businesses, services, and products around the region.
- The Oregonian – Oregon’s largest newspaper, The Oregonian has served as an important cultural resource for people across the state since its founding in 1850.
- Portland Architecture – Journalist Brian Libby covers architecture in the City of Roses.
- Portland Mercury – A news publication covering current events, arts, and culture in the City of Portland.
- The Skanner – The Skanner has served African American and other communities across the Pacific Northwest since 1975.
- Vortex – A publication that explores Portland’s music scene.
- Willamette Week – A weekly newspaper with coverage of arts and culture in the Portland area.
- YDP – Your Daily Picture – Friderike Heuer’s occasional musings and photos about art, nature, and politics.
LISTEN + WATCH : PODCASTS, RADIO PROGRAMS, PERFORMANCES, VIDEOS
- All Classical Portland – A worldwide radio station based in Portland, devoted to classical music and fine arts.
- All Classical Portland’s ICAN station – Designed for young listeners up to age 12, this network features music, poems, and literature from around the world, locally produced and curated by All Classical Portland.
- The Archive Project – Literary Arts – A collection of recordings from the Portland Arts & Lectures series, the Portland Book Festival, and other community events.
- Artist Stories – Dance Wire – A series of interviews featuring local dancers and choreographers.
- Double Bummer – ArtsWatch contributor Robert Ham’s weekly exploration of experimental music airs Tuesday nights at 11 p.m. on 91.1 XRAY-FM.
- KBOO – A community radio station in Portland is non-commercial, listener-sponsored, and powered by volunteers.
- KMHD Jazz Radio – Member-supported station featuring jazz and blues performances and conversations.
- KMUZ Community Radio – All-volunteer, listener supported community radio station celebrates the people, culture, and civic life of the mid-Willamette Valley.
- Live Wire – A locally produced radio show that amplifies underrepresented voices through conversation, live music, and original comedy.
- Open Signal – An arts center committed to expanding the accessibility of media production in the Portland area.
- Oregon Art Beat – OPB – An Emmy Award-winning weekly television series focusing on arts and culture around the state.
- Viz City – KLCC’s arts review program, hosted by Sandy Brown Jensen.
- The XRAY Podcast Lab – A subset of XRAY-FM, The XRAY Podcast Lab collects podcasts from around the state in an effort to showcase Oregon’s most marginalized and scarcely-heard voices.
ENGAGE: COMMUNITY TALKS / MEETUPS (PORTLAND)
- The Immigrant Story – Documents and archives the voices and stories of immigrants in short, accessible visual and written formats.
- Portland Arts & Lectures – Literary Arts – A lecture series featuring prominent contemporary national and international writers.
- Portland Story Theater – A storytelling series that gives voice to the true stories of ordinary people.
- Write Around Portland – Participant-centered creative writing organization presents workshops, readings, and talks.
LEARN: EDUCATION / CLASSES
- Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies – The University of Oregon’s hub for research and creative work focusing on the study of Latin America and U.S. Latino/a populations.
- Delve Readers Seminars – Literary Arts – Weekly discussion courses aimed at enriching the Portland community through lively conversation about a wide array of challenging and diverse literary works.
- Oregon State University – Located in Corvallis with a satellite campus in Bend, OSU’s College of Liberal Arts offers a variety of courses in media, art, music, graphic design, theater, and writing.
- OSLP Arts & Culture Program – A leader in inclusive community arts, the OSLP Arts & Culture Program in Eugene provides classes and workshops for people of all abilities.
- Pacific Northwest College of Art – Located in Portland as a satellite of Willamette University, the PNCA offers courses and degrees in art and design, film, and sound.
- Pacific University – With campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Woodburn, and Eugene, Pacific University offers courses and degrees in art and design, film, dance, music, theater, and more.
- Portland Community College – PCC boasts Portland’s most affordable courses on topics spanning ethnic studies, art and design, dance, graphic design, architecture, Native American studies, and more.
- Portland State University College of the Arts – Nestled in the heart of downtown Portland, PSU’s College of the Arts offers courses and degrees in art and design, architecture, film, theater, and music.