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Annual Report 2018

At Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE), our mission is to enrich our community through strong arts and business partnerships. In 2018, our organization grew; we received generous community support; and we brought together the arts and business sectors to make our community a more vibrant and dynamic place to live.


This summer, ABAE experienced a change in leadership. John Barry, who joined our organization in 2016 as Executive Director, passed the baton to Kelly Johnson. We are grateful for John’s dedication and direction. ABAE is in a stronger position today than it ever has been, since its founding 10 years ago. We are grateful to John for his contributions.


This year, ABAE welcomed three new board members: John Barry, JS Bird and Sabrina Madison-Cannon. Each brings fresh perspectives and insight to both the arts and business sectors.


We celebrated our arts and business partnerships and recognized specific artists, art organizations and businesses.

Cecelia Hagen and Craig Spilman received the Eugene Arts and Letters Award, which honors individuals who’ve made an exceptional contribution to the arts and culture of Eugene.

The Eugene Saturday Market accepted the Fentress Endowment Award, which celebrates a local arts organization for its exceptional work and achievement in the arts.

ABAE recognizes noteworthy arts and business partnerships through the Arts and Business Partnership Award, which went to ArtSpark Eugene, a partnership between Lane Arts Council, Rotary Club of Eugene and Eugene Education Foundation.

ABAE awarded the Dave Hauser Business Patron Award to Imagination International Inc. in recognition of its consistent and significant support of the creation and presentation of art in our community.


This year, we saw record attendance with sold-out crowds at our two BRAVA breakfasts. We were treated to the amazing talent of local performers, including: The Olem Alves Trio, Baroque Betty, University of Oregon Concert Choir and University of Oregon Percussion Ensemble. In November, we were inspired by keynote speaker Andrew Robinson, who spoke on the powerful impact of storytelling and how to effectively craft the story of your business or arts organization.


The annual Arts After Hours was held at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts. Over 200 attendees and 22 local arts organizations spent a lovely spring evening networking and building relationships.


ABAE’s Creative Academy held six interactive seminars this year—each seminar is designed to address a specific business challenge using the artistic process. We explored authentic communication, the gig economy, telling the story of your business, how to take great photos, playing music as a way build a strong team, and ways to collaborate with the arts to make a business stand out. Nearly 75 people attended this year’s seminars.


The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments. Arts in Eugene contribute twice as much to the local economy as the median of other similarly-sized cities. In 2015, that economic impact in Eugene equaled $62 million and 2,400 jobs.

Download a copy of our Annual Report 2018.