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.




Executive Advisory Council

This committee is comprised of representatives from four collaborating University of Oregon units that support OFN operations at The Hub.

Andrew Bonamici is Head of Special Collections at the University Library and coordinates resources and partnerships with University Libraries.

John Fenn is faculty in the Arts Administration Program and coordinates resources and partnerships with both Arts Administration and the College of Architecture and Allied Arts.

Lisa Gilman is the director of the Folklore Program and coordinates resources and partnerships with both Folklore and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Larissa Ennis is a program manager in Academic Extension and coordinates resources and partnerships with this unit.


Internal Advisory Board

This board advises the OFN’s navigation of the University System from within the UO Hub.

Lisa Abia-Smith is the Director of Educational Outreach at the Jordan Schnizter Museum of Art and Adjunct Faculty in the Arts and Administration Program at the University of Oregon.

Jon Erlandson is the Director of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon.

Loren Kajikawa is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Musicology at the University of Oregon.


External Advisory Board

External Advisors keep the OFN connected to activities and initiatives around Oregon.

The Executive Director of The Oregon Arts Commission – Oregon Cultural Trust.

Rebecca Dobkins is Curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and Professor of Anthropology at Willamette University.

Carol Leone is the Executive Director of The Museum at Warm Springs.

Joanne Mulcahy is Assistant Professor at the Northwest Writing Institute, Lewis and Clark College and Co-Director of the Documentary Studies Certificate Program at the Northwest Writing Institute, Center for Community Engagement.

Jeff McDonald is the Associate Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland, Oregon.

Willie Smyth is the Folk and Community Services Coordinator for the Washington State Arts Commission.

Cara Ungar-Gutíerrez is Executive Director at Oregon Council for the Humanities.

Kyle Jansson is the Heritage Commission Coordinator at the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office.