about

ABAE

The Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) has served Eugene’s arts and business sectors for more than a decade. Many dedicated individuals have invested their time and talents to shape the ABAE into the successful organization it is today. The key to the ABAE’s success is leveraging partnerships for the biggest community impact. Over the years, ABAE has carefully curated its programs and continues to evolve to meet the needs of Eugene.

About
Leadership

Kelly Johnson

STAFF

KELLY JOHNSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kelly Johnson brings a lifelong passion for the arts and a successful track record in nonprofit administration to her role as executive director. Prior to joining ABAE in 2018, Kelly was the development director at ShelterCare. She has a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of Colorado at Denver and a master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Oregon. When she’s not enjoying Eugene’s spectacular arts and culture scene, you can find Kelly curled up with a good book, taking a long walk around town, or cheering in the stands at a Ducks football game.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brittany Quick Warner

BRITTANY QUICK-WARNER
President & CEO
Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce

PRESIDENT

COLETTE RAMIREZ

COLETTE RAMIREZ
Senior Manager Community Events + Public Art
City of Eugene Cultural Services

VICE PRESIDENT

ELLEN OSTERKAMP

ELLEN OSTERKAMP
Interim Dean (Division of the Arts)
Lane Community College

SECRETARY

KARI WESTLUND

KARI WESTLUND
President & CEO
Travel Lane County

TREASURER

Dana Turell

DANA TURELL
President
Turell Group

PAST PRESIDENT

BOARD MEMBERS

DEE ETZWILER

DEE ETZWILER
Principal & Commercial Artist
a+a Studio

MITRA GRUWELL

MITRA GRUWELL
Designer & Owner
DISCARD Upcycling

LAURA ILLIG

LAURA ILLIG
Marketing Consultant

SABRINA MADISON-CANNON

SABRINA MADISON-CANNON
Phyllis & Andrew Berwick Dean (School of Music and Dance)
University of Oregon

Ryan Pernell

RYAN PERNELL
Master of Nonprofit Management Student
University of Oregon

JON TEXTER

JON TEXTER
President
Essex General Construction

JOHN WEBER

JOHN WEBER
Executive Director
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

Meet The ABAE

We believe the arts are essential to a thriving community. The arts connect people and create healthy places where people want to live, work, and visit. The Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) is leading a movement to reimagine traditional models of partnerships and foster a more fluid exchange between Eugene’s arts and business communities. The ABAE believes that arts and business thrive together and it is our role to forge that connection.

Partnerships

THE ABAE ADVANTAGE

We cultivate purposeful arts & business connections.

We create space and opportunities for businesses to build relationships with artists and arts groups.

We encourage creative exchange between arts & business.

We facilitate the exchange of ideas, skills, and assets between the arts and business sectors.

We inspire arts & business partnerships.

We celebrate and inspire ways that businesses can integrate the arts into their culture.

We tell the story of what arts & business bring to each other.

We articulate the economic and social benefits a vibrant arts sector can bring to Eugene.

Our Founding

BORN OUT OF PARTNERSHIP
In 2006, the City of Eugene decided to closely examine our community’s cultural strengths and develop an integrated vision for the future. This year of research and conversations resulted in the cultural policy review (CPR) — a report that recommended the creation of an alliance that would coordinate and strengthen the efforts of the public, private and nonprofit cultural sectors while fostering high-level civic leadership in support of arts and culture.

The City pulled together a group of stakeholders, consisting of leaders from the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Lane Community College, University of Oregon, and Travel Lane County, to bring this alliance to fruition. These five founding partners launched the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene in 2008 and continue to contribute to the vision and leadership of the ABAE as members of the board of directors.

Partnerships

OUR VALUES

Bring People Together

BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.

We want to introduce you to your next unexpected partner.

Lead With Curiosity

LEAD WITH CURIOSITY.

We explore all possible ways for the local arts & business sector to work together.

Win Win Win

FIND THE
WIN-WIN-WIN SOLUTIONS.

We inspire high-impact arts & business partnerships that uplift the community.

Think Artistically Operate Strategically

THINK ARTISTICALLY,
OPERATE STRATEGICALLY.

Our organization is made stronger by blending creativity & strategy.

Achievements

Since its founding in 2008, the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene has leveraged partnerships in order to cement arts and culture as essential to our community’s long-term vitality. Because of such partnerships we were able to:

  • Bring 12 noted visionaries to speak at ABAE events
  • Spearhead 2 detailed economic studies on the local impact of arts and culture
  • Pay tribute to more than 50 local artists and organizations
  • Give awards to 25 inspiring partnerships and businesses
  • Invest $200,000 in local arts projects
  • Host 30 events connecting the arts and business sectors
  • Present 16 Creative Academy seminars

Achievements

ANNUAL REPORTS
Our annual report provides information about our organization’s growth and an overview of work completed during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

2022 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

INSPIRING PARTNERSHIPS
We love helping arts and businesses find mutual success by working together. Here are a few top-notch arts-and-business partnerships from right here in our community. To see more inspiring videos visit our
YouTube Channel.

Explore

Eugene’s arts ecosystem is incredibly broad and diverse for a community of its size. There are many ways that you or your business can get involved, to ensure the arts continue to thrive, which in turn boosts our local economy and helps make Eugene an ideal place to live and work. Want a snapshot of Eugene’s arts organizations, as well as volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved? Our annual Arts Guide is a great place to start!

Arts Guide

2023 Arts Guide

LOCAL PARTNERS
The ABAE works closely with community partners such as Lane Arts Council and the City of Eugene Cultural Services department.

Lane Arts

Lane Arts Council
Lane Arts Council cultivates strong and creative arts communities by providing high-quality arts experiences, engaging people of all ages in arts education, and encouraging artistic endeavors.

Program Highlights: First Friday Art Walk, Artist Development Workshops, and programs to bring arts to schools.

Cultural Services

City of Eugene 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.

Program Highlights: The Hult Center of the Performing
Arts, 20×21 Mural Project, and EugFun Events.

ARTS ADVOCACY
Want to learn more about what is happening at the state and national level? We are members of the following groups to learn and support:

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts’ mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America.

Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Cultural Advocacy Coalition
The Cultural Advocacy Coalition is the statewide advocacy organization lobbying Salem on behalf of art, culture, heritage and the humanities.

Cultural Trust

Oregon Cultural Trust
The Oregon Cultural Trust’s mission is to lead Oregon in cultivating, growing and valuing culture as an integral part of communities. They encourage Oregonians to invest in a permanent fund that provides annual grants to cultural organizations.