Operational Partners


The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is a network of statewide culture and heritage partners who operate on state, regional, county, and community levels. Operational Partners support the OFN with operating funds critical to keeping our doors open and paying our staff. Frequently we also trade in-kind assistance and consultation with, as well as support key pieces of programming of our operational partners.

  • Oregon Arts Commission The OAC awards grants to Oregon artists and art organizations to ensure wide access to the arts across the state. The organization also coordinates the selection of public art for state facilities and state campuses and develops Arts Learning programs for public schools.
  • Oregon Cultural Trust With the goal of creating a $200 million fund to provide long-term support for the arts and humanities in Oregon, the OCT awards grants to county and tribal groups and arts agencies that are actively promoting cultural participation.
  • Oregon Heritage Commission This governor-appointed commission connects hundreds of organizations and thousands of Oregonians devoted to preserving and interpreting Oregon’s heritage resources. Its programs include Museum grant programs, technical assistance for heritage organizations, and an annual conference.  The Oregon Heritage Commission also maintains the Oregon Historical Sites Database.
  • Oregon Historical Society  The OHS presents exhibits on Oregon history and culture, publishes books, articles, and other resources, and develops educational resources for schools, including online resources and folklife cultural programs.
  • Oregon Humanities In addition to offering grants to non-profits that are developing community-level programs, Oregon Humanities offers free college level humanities courses for adults with financial barriers, provides teachers with valuable training, and publishes the highly-recorded magazine “Oregon Humanities.”
  • Oregon State Library The library’s mission is to provide quality information services to Oregon state government; provide reading materials to blind and print-disabled Oregonians; and to provide leadership, grants, and other assistance to improve local library service for all Oregonians.