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.
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.
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.