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Held twice annually – on the first Fridays of June and November – BRAVA events are a truly unique opportunity for Eugene’s business and arts leaders to gather, renew friendships and strike up conversations that lead to the very partnerships that make our community so special.

ABAE joins with the Oregon Community Foundation during our Spring BRAVA to celebrate the best Arts and Business partnerships of the previous year and recognize specific artists, art organizations and businesses.

Eugene’s Mayor traditionally presents the Eugene Arts and Letters Award to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the arts and culture of Eugene. The Mayor also presents the Fentress Endowment Award to a local arts organization for their exceptional work and achievement in the arts. The Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene recognizes the most noteworthy arts and business partnerships of the previous year through the Arts and Business Partnership Award.

As we enter the winter months, the Fall BRAVA provides inspiration through the work and words of a noted thinker, artist or arts and business activist. Past speakers include:

2018 – Andrew Robinson, Brand Anthropologist
2017 – Clayton Lord, Vice President of Local Arts Advancement Americans for the Arts
2016 – Jeff “JC” Geiger, Author and Local Arts Provocateur
2015 – Patricia Dewy Lambert, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the University of Oregon’s Arts and Administration Program
2014 – Brian Rogers, Executive Director of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust
2013 – Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon State Representative
2012 – Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts
2011 – Kari Westlund. Travel Lane County; Jon Ruiz, City Manger of Eugene; and, Dave Hauser, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
2010 – Eric Friedenwald Fishman, Founder and Creative Director of the Metropolitan Group

Each BRAVA event also features a “Spotlight Performance” provided by a local artist or art organization. Past Performers include: Eugene Springfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Fantastique, Harmonic Laboratory, Kelly Thibadeaux, Cinema Pacific Film Festival, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, West African Cultural Arts Institute, Eugene Opera and Radio Redux.

We offer many benefits to our BRAVA sponsors including speaking opportunities, logo display and head table seating. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring an upcoming BRAVA event, please contact ABAE Executive Director, Kelly Johnson.



If you’re interested in sponsoring BRAVA events, see the sponsorship opportunities.