"Folk Arts in the Parks" was a two-year pilot collaboration between Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Folklife Network, and the Oregon Arts Commission.
Like many partnerships for the arts, heritage, and humanities in Oregon, the collaboration grew out of the relationships among the Cultural Trust's five statewide partner agencies that receive annual grants from the Trust.
The parks project, according to Oregon Arts Commission Community Development Coordinator Brian Wagner, "began as an effort to increase and diversify use of the parks through arts programming." Said Wagner, "the cooperation between state parks, OFN and local arts councils provide a means of enriching the experience for visitors to our states' beautiful parks."
The Oregon Cultural Trust has fostered many such partnerships in its young life. The Trust has worked diligently with five statewide organizations (OAC, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office). The five partners, with guidance from the Trust, have pooled annual Trust grants to fund such interdisciplinary statewide programs as the Oregon Poet Laureate, Oregon Folklife Network and the Confluence Project.