Art in the Parks

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Applications are closed for 2024

Visit the Art  in the Parks Events page to see 2024 Art in the Parks grant recipient details. 


Applications for 2025 funding will open October 2024.


Art in the Parks - Call to Artists

Deadline: noon on November 13, 2023

Is there a cultural event you would like to present in a local park? Community-driven events are needed now more than ever to build connections, uplift the soul and share stories and experiences from our increasingly diverse city. The Art in the Parks grant invests in community-organized events that activate Eugene parks with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services in partnership with Parks and Open Spaces.


Funding of up to $2,500 for small-scale events and up to $5,000 for large-scale events* will be awarded to organizations or individuals who wish to produce their own quality programming in a Eugene park. Funding can support artistic or cultural disciplines, including visual art, dance, music, theatre, film/video/media, multidisciplinary fields, festivals and events.


*See the Funding section for definitions of small- and large-scale events.


The 2024 Art in the Parks program seeks to:

  • Steward vibrant, inspiring places that foster personal, community, and environmental well-being.
  • Cultivate a sense of belonging in the park system and pride in historically underrepresented groups such as Eugene’s BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ population, low-income communities, people with disabilities, unhoused individuals, youth and seniors.
  • Nurture relationships and promote cultural exchange through arts experiences that honor and celebrate diversity while striving to inspire empathy, understanding, dialogue, wonder and curiosity.
  • Fund projects that both support large celebrations in Alton Baker Park and activate community parks throughout Eugene.

Online Information Session

This online info session, hosted by Community Programs Manager Colette Ramirez, was held on October 19, 2023. In this video, Colette answers questions about the City of Eugene's Art in the Parks grant and provides tips on navigating the application and budget. At the 39:00 minute mark, you can see an example of the budget process for a hypothetical event.

Deadline for submission is noon on November 13, 2023

Funding

Art in the Parks supports small- and large-scale events. The 2024-2025 funding cycle has a total of $45,000 per year to award to selected Eugene-based recipients. Please see below to determine if you are eligible to apply as a small- or large-scale event:

Small-Scale Events

  • Small-scale events are events in which a Fire Operational Permit* is not required. Small-scale events are defined as including none of the elements that require a Fire Operational Permit in your event.
  • Small-scale events may apply for up to $2,500 of funding or may be partially funded.
  • Approximately 30% of Art in the Parks funding will be awarded to first-time and/or small-scale programs, artists, or organizations.

Large-Scale Events

  • Large-scale events are events in which a Fire Operational Permit* is required. Large-scale events are defined as including any of the elements that require a Fire Operational Permit in your event.
  • Large-scale events may apply for up to $5,000 of funding per year or may be partially funded.
  • Large-scale events may opt-in to receive consecutive funding for programming to occur in 2024 and 2025.
  • Approximately 70% of Art in the Parks funding will be awarded to programs, artists or organizations with a demonstrated history of producing events.

* When is a Fire Operational Permit required? Most commonly, a Fire Operational Permit is required when the number of tables or booths exceed 10, cooking is involved or when the display area exceeds 500 square feet. Additional elements that require a Fire Operational Permit.

About Cultural Services

Cultural Services provides responsible and catalytic leadership to support the public’s vision for a thriving arts and cultural sector that contributes to the community’s social and economic well-being.


The Community and Cultural Affairs section believes the work of the arts creates a stronger, more vibrant and creative community through shared experiences that uplift the soul and tell the diversity of stories from our communities.

About Parks and Open Space

Parks and Open Spaces protects, enhances and maintains Eugene’s parks and open spaces for healthy people, community and environment.


Parks and recreation in Eugene cultivate a system of beautiful, inspiring places that foster personal, community and environmental health.

Contact Us

  1. Community & Cultural Affairs Senior Manager

    Colette Ramirez

    Ph: 541-682-6347