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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

A unique partnership of the City of Eugene, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Lane Community College, University of Oregon and Travel Lane County, the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene is dedicated, through vision, leadership and service, to enriching the cultural life of our community by inspiring dynamic partnerships between the arts, education, public and business sectors.

What We Do

  • Champion economic and cultural vitality.
  • Increase awareness of the mutual goals of the arts and business sectors.
  • Enhance community-wide awareness of the economic, educational, and business benefits of arts and culture.
  • Recognize and stimulate community creativity and leadership.
  • Advocate for arts investment and participation.
  • Contribute to the economic health and livability of the community.


Business is essential to a viable arts community and vibrant cultural arts are good for business. The arts and business sectors contribute to qualify of live, drive economic development, stimulate creativity and innovations, and attract diversity and exceptional skills to the community.


In 2006, the City of Eugene began a year-long public dialogue aimed at assessing our community’s cultural strengths and developing an integrated vision for the future.  This year of research and conversation resulted in the Cultural Policy Review (CPR), which 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 by founding partners the City of Eugene, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Travel Lane County, Lane Community College, and the University of Oregon. In early 2013, ABAE became a 501 c(3) non-profit organization.

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