Why Work for Art?

The arts are a vital thread in the fabric of our community. They offer each of us a unique perspective on our world, paving the way for diversity of thought and self-expression, and giving voice to those who are struggling to hang on.

With a single gift to Work for Art, you can support nearly 100 vital arts and culture groups in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington County.

You can give through payroll deduction at your workplace, with a personal check, or by credit card. And you have choices—you can support the Work for Art Community Fund. You can also direct your gift to our Arts Education Fund. Or, you can do both.

New Arts Card events page

Check out our freshly redesigned Arts Card events page! This update will make it easier to get an at-a-glance view of what’s coming up, and to find your favorite types of events quickly.

What is the Arts Card?

When you give $60 or more, we’ll thank you with an Arts Card—which provides 2-for-1 tickets to hundreds of arts & culture events. The Arts Card creates possibilities for you to connect with your friends and family.
The Arts Card provided me a unique opportunity to make new friends and develop client relationships. As a newcomer to Portland, I knew no one in town. I used the card to take colleagues, friends of the bank, and existing clients and prospects to get plugged into the city. In short, it worked. Since then, it’s morphed into a great, cost-effective, way to introduce my clients to something new, while directly supporting my friends who sing for the Portland Opera, dance for Northwest Dance Project, dance for BodyVox, and the list goes on and on. David Raj Nijhawan, Esq.

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  • The community receives 100% of your gift. 100%

Thousands of performances and events—created by our funded groups—enrich our community.

The Community Fund

We all care about the well-being of our families and creating strong connections within our communities. Your gift to the Work for Art Community Fund helps make that happen by supporting nearly 100 arts & culture groups based in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, which serve our region and state.

The Community Fund creates meaningful results…

. . . by providing equitable access to thousands of events and performances, especially for those who are experiencing economic, physical, and social barriers.
. . . by engaging youth, parents, and elders through intergenerational projects that foster wellness for families and help revive cultural traditions.
. . . by increasing the ability of seniors to maintain independence through participation in community-based arts programs.
. . . by promoting literacy and the healing power of words with underserved and marginalized populations of all ages.

The Arts Education Fund

Kids become better learners, team players, and critical thinkers when they’re involved in arts education activities. By giving to the Arts Education Fund, you support the arts & culture groups that make these activities possible in urban and rural schools throughout our region and state.
Students in need report their participation  in the arts as a compelling reason to stay in school—a critical factor when 3 out of 10 high school students in Oregon fail to graduate on time.  Oregon Dept. of Education


Students who engage in arts programming are four times more likely to compete in math and science fairs.


93% of Americans believe that the arts are vital to a well-rounded education


72% of business leaders cite creativity as the #1 skill they seek when hiring.

Oregon ranks 49th in the nation for high school graduation rates. Arts education keeps kids engaged in school.

One of the recipients of the Arts Education Fund is The Right Brain Initiative (a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council), which integrates the arts into the teaching of subjects like writing, history, science and math. Their work has succeeded in doubling student gains in math and reading—with even bigger gains for English Language Learners.

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