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Arts & Business Partnership Award

The Arts & Business Partnership Award recognizes innovative arts-business partnerships that positively impact the community, serve as a model for others, and effect significant mutual benefits for all parties involved.


Eligible candidates must:

  • Be engaged in a mutually successful arts-business partnership.
  • Be based in the greater Eugene area.

Partnerships must include two more of the following:

  • Artists, arts groups, nonprofits
  • Local businesses
  • Educational institutions or public entities

Selection Criteria

Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:

  • Candidates have made a significant contribution to the arts through a successful collaboration.
  • Candidates have shown a commitment to empowering the community through the arts, and can demonstrate mutual benefits resulting from the partnership.

Selection Process

Winners are selected by a committee of past winners and ABAE board members. Nominations typically open in January or February, and close in March. The award is presented at the spring BRAVA event in June.

Arts & Business Partnership Winner (2020)

Past Arts and Business Partnership Awardees:

Marley’s Monsters & upcycle designer Mitra Gruwell

Oregon Bach Festival & Bigfoot Beverages


Clay Space & local ceramic artists for the benefit of FOOD For Lane County

ArtsDigital and Threadbare Print House – GiveShop 2015
Mitra Chester and St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Imagination International Inc.

Eugene Opera and Downtown Eugene Merchants
The Shedd and the Eye Center
The Gallery at the Watershed and Andersen Construction

Oregon Supported Living Program and Dot Dotson’s
Light at Play and Concentric Sky
Upstart Crow Studios and Levi Strauss, Inc.

The Bijou Metro and Master Equity
Under 21 Blues Jam and Cozmic Pizza
MECCA and Pacific Real Estate

Local Musicians & Ninkasi Brewery
Young Writers Association & Tsunami Books
(sub)Urban Projections & City of Eugene

Eugene Storefront Art Project & Lorig Management Services

John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts & Isler CPA
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art & Kendall Subaru
The Gallery at the Airport Partnership & Eugene Airport