By: Sara McCauley

1. 1975- State legislation passed that one percent of construction funds be set aside for the acquisition of public art, thus creating the Oregon’s Percent for Art.[1]

2. 1981- Eugene created the Percent for Art Ordinance to help fund public art, and set Eugene on the leading edge of a public art movement.[2]

3. 1982- The Hult Center, a performing arts center in downtown Eugene, was established as a place for artists to perform. It allows the community to gather as one to experience the performing arts.[3]

 4. 1993- The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art was opened to the Eugene public. It is the University of Oregon’s academic museum that educates students and engages the Eugene community.[4]

 5. 2003- The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts is established. DIVA is a nonprofit organization that exhibits arts, screens films, and teaches art classes to the citizens of Eugene.[5]

 6. 2008- Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene, a non-profit organization, was founded in order to enrich the culture of Eugene and strengthen the partnerships between the arts and businesses. By creating an alliance between the arts and businesses, it allows for economic development and stimulates creativity in Eugene.[6]

7. 2010- The Eugene Public Art Plan was created so that corporations and stakeholders could sponsor and fund public art, thus allowing the public art found in downtown Eugene to prosper.[7]

8. 2010- Eugene Storefront Art Project (ESAP) was initiated to help fill empty storefronts with art and beautify the community. This project allows for a fresh beginning for investing in the core of the city.[8]

9. 2012- The Blue Heron, a staple part of the University district, was sculpted and put on display in Eugene. The heron helps students and the community discover that public art is all around Eugene and is part of what makes Eugene unique.[9]

10. 2013- The Nine Week a Year program is introduced in middle and high schools in a Eugene school district. With budget cuts affecting performing art programs in schools, the Nine Week a Year program allows for students to still learn performing arts, as art is a vital part of education and expression.[10]

11. 2013- The city of Eugene’s Cultural Services Department funded an art project dubbed “Art the Box” which allowed for artists to paint telephone boxes in the downtown area. These boxes represent public art in a positive way and clearly depict the uniqueness that is found in Eugene.[11]


[1] Oregon Percent for Art. University of Oregon library. 22 January 2014.

[2] Barney and Worth, Inc. Eugene Public Art Plan. Eugene. Regional Art and Culture Council. January 2010. Print/Web.

[3] KVAL News. “30 years of Hult Center moments, memories, and magic”. Web. 2 November 2012.

[4] About Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, 2014. Web.

[5] Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts. DIVA. Sponsor’s Inc. 2003. Web.21 Jan. 2014.

[6] “Our Mission” Art and Business Alliance of Eugene. 21 Jan. 2014.

[7] Barney and Worth, Inc. Eugene Public Art Plan. Eugene. Regional Art and Culture Council. January 2010. Print/Web.

[8] “ESAP History – Eugene Springfield Art Project.” Eugene Springfield Art Project.Web. 21 Jan. 2014. <>.

[9] Aly, Olivia. “The heron has landed: ‘Public art becomes part of our community’”. Oct. 2012.

[10] Bridgman, Anne. “Budget Cuts Affect Music, Arts.” Eugene Weekly, 11 Apr. 2013. Web. 23 Jan. 2014. <>.

[11] “Art in Public Places.” Eugene, OR Website. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.