programs and


Are you looking to grow your creativity? Do you want to be inspired by the artistic community? Do you want to grow your network? The Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) offers various programs and events to help you discover, connect and engage with Eugene’s vibrant arts sector.

Programs and Events
Arts After Hours

Immerse yourself in Eugene’s vibrant arts scene at Arts After Hours!

Arts After Hours is an annual event hosted by the ABAE and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. Whether you’re a long-time supporter of the visual and performing arts, or you’ve never been to the ballet, local theaters, or museums, Arts After Hours is a chance to get up-close and personal with the incredible variety of artists and arts organizations in our community.

Arts After Hours is a fun and easy way to explore all things creative—in an atmosphere alive with engaging entertainment, delicious food and drink, and exciting door prizes.

Arts After Hours is for anyone who wants to:

  • Learn more about Eugene’s thriving arts scene
  • Network with local artists and arts organizations
  • Enjoy live mini performances and art exhibits
  • Unleash your creativity with interactive activities

Arts After Hours is also an opportunity for business and arts leaders to create new relationships, strike up conversations about future partnerships, and explore the congruent interests of the arts and business.

Held at a different location each year, Arts After Hours spotlights Eugene’s diverse cultural institutions and venues.

Regular exhibitors include: Ballet Fantastique, Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene Concert Choir, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Maude Kerns Art Center, and Oregon Bach Festival.

Always well attended, this event proves to be a highlight of the year.

Arts After Hours

If you missed one of the activities from this year or want to give them another try, you can find the videos on the links below:

ZOOMING OUT: a spoken word poetry template
Learning Breath Flow with Eugene Opera
Creative Coding with Harmonic Laboratory
DIY Choreography with instaballet


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:

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


We offer many benefits to BRAVA sponsors, including speaking opportunities, logo display, and head table seating. For levels and details see our sponsorship page or contact ABAE Executive Director, Kelly Johnson at

Find information on the 2021 Spring BRAVA here.

Creative Academy

The Creative Academy is a series of engaging, hands-on seminars that explore the link between creative thinking and business success. Led by local artists, Creative Academy seminars are fun and accessible for everyone—no prior art experience is needed.

Studies show that business innovation happens when professionals (even those in roles that are not traditionally defined as creative) understand the creative process and take the time to embrace it.

Encouraging creativity in the workplace can:

  • Improve morale
  • Hone problem-solving skills
  • Increase employee engagement
  • Increase productivity and performance
  • Encourage bonding and collaboration
  • Foster curiosity and imagination

Everyone has creative potential. The key is learning to nurture and develop creativity regularly, just like an exercise program.

Creative Academy seminars are offered several times a year. Attendance is limited to 20 to ensure lively discussion and personalized training. If you would like to be notified about upcoming Creative Academy sessions, sign up for our email list or follow us on Facebook.

Creative Academy instructors can lead a private workshop for your team, on-site at your location. Fees are per session, rather than per seat, so your company may have as many attendees as you like. To encourage interaction during the session, we recommend keeping the group under 40.

Creative Academy

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”

—Albert Einstein

Art Loans

Art Loans are a way for new or existing businesses and nonprofits to contribute to the creative vibe in Eugene while boosting their bottom line. Made possible through a collaboration of the City of Eugene and the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene, these loans encourage Eugene businesses, artists and nonprofits to incorporate art in a way that creates economic growth. In Eugene, art means business.

Program Update (July 2020)
We are excited to announce that we are making Art Loans available for as low as 0% interest! If you’ve been wanting to add some fun and captivating artwork to your business or need some cashflow to help your arts organization operate, we can help!

We are now offering the Art Loans with the following adjustments:

  • 0% interested if repaid in one year
  • 1% interested if repaid in two years
  • $5,000-$50,000 available per loan (smaller/larger loans will be considered on a case by case basis)

Art Loans can be used for, but are not limited to:

  • Allowing businesses to pay artists to create signage or murals to help promote the business and draw in new customers
  • Helping arts organizations cover overhead costs during a time of minimal income
  • Allowing arts organizations to invest in technology to enable staff to work from home or to move their products and performances online
  • Funding historical renovations, storefront improvements and creative place-making projects or events

For more details and to apply click here.

Art Loans
Photo credit: Aran (Ari) Denison

“Eugene Ballet’s partnership with the city has provided unique opportunities for us to expand over the past 40 years. Whether it’s commissioning exciting new music for The Snow Queen, new choreography for Wandering On, or the live performances of Orchestra Next, creating remarkable dance requires collaboration. The City of Eugene Art Loan program provided critical short-term financing solutions, making it possible for us to commission these artists and bring these incredible productions to life.”

– Josh Neckels, Executive Director, Eugene Ballet