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Our Mission

Enriching Eugene through strong arts and business partnerships.

ABAE is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Organization Statement

The Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene is a partnership of the City of Eugene, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Lane Community College, University of Oregon, and Travel Lane County. Together, we create new and innovative ways for local businesses to join with Eugene’s vibrant arts sector, to support the long-term economic health and livability of our community.

What We Do

  • Connect businesses with Eugene’s multimillion-dollar arts industry.
  • Educate the community about the economic and cultural importance of the arts.
  • Recognize and stimulate community leadership around the arts.
  • Advocate for arts investment and participation at every level.
  • Inspire all people to embrace and explore their creative side.

Why

Business is essential to a thriving arts community, and vibrant cultural arts are good for business. The arts and business sectors improve quality of life, drive economic development, stimulate creativity and innovation, and attract a diverse and highly skilled workforce to the community.

History

In 2006, the City of Eugene began a year-long public dialogue to assess our community’s cultural strengths, and develop an integrated vision for the future. This year of research and conversation resulted in the Cultural Policy Review (CPR). The report recommended, among other things, the establishment of an alliance that would coordinate and strengthen the efforts of the public, private, and nonprofit cultural sectors, and foster high-level civic leadership in support of arts and culture.

In late 2008, the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene was launched. Its founding partners are the City of Eugene, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Lane Community College, University of Oregon, and Travel Lane County. In 2013, ABAE became a 501 c (3) nonprofit organization.

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