BRAVA – Business Recognizing Arts Vision and Achievement
BRAVA is a sparkling celebration of the arts in our community, and a testament to the power of partnerships.
Twice a year, in June and November, members of Eugene’s arts and business communities gather at BRAVA to find inspiration, make new connections, and honor the local people and organizations that are finding innovative ways to embrace and support the arts.
The spring BRAVA event celebrates innovative arts-and-business partnerships, and recognizes local artists, arts organizations, and businesses that have made significant positive contributions to the quality of life in our community. The fall BRAVA event in November seeks to inspire through the work and words of a noted thinker, artist, or arts and business activist.
Both BRAVA events feature a Spotlight Performance by a local artist or art organization. Past performers include: Eugene Springfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Fantastique, Harmonic Laboratory, Kelly Thibodeaux, Cinema Pacific Film Festival, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, West African Cultural Arts Institute, Eugene Opera, and Radio Redux.
BRAVA events are among Eugene’s most-anticipated celebrations. Since 2010, BRAVA has provided a unique platform for recognizing the positive cultural and economic benefits of the arts and business partnerships.
The Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene presents four awards at the spring BRAVA event:
The fall BRAVA event includes an inspiring keynote address.
Past speakers include:
2021 – Meg Bostrom, Topos Partnership
2020 – Dr. Richard Antoine White, Musician and Motivational Speaker
2019 – Stephanie Pruitt, Poet and Arts Advocate
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 Manager of Eugene; and Dave Hauser, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
2010 – Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, founder and creative director of the Metropolitan Group