Formed in May of 2010, the Arts & Culture Alliance realizes the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy. The ACA was formed to create collaboration and networking opportunities for local arts and cultural organizations; their shared purpose in working together to promote the arts and supporting each other establishes a collective voice.
The Arts & Culture Alliance is the culmination of more than a decade of public and private effort at both the state and local level to elevate the region’s arts, humanities and cultural heritage.
In 2002, the Oregon Legislature established the Oregon Cultural Trust for the purpose of raising and investing significant new funds in the state’s arts, humanities and heritage. Currently, funds are distributed to 1,300 cultural nonprofits, 5 statewide Cultural Partners, and 45 county and tribal coalitions to support cultural projects of local, regional and statewide significance. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Jefferson County, Crook County and Deschutes County each maintain a Cultural Coalition and Cultural Plan specific to the assets and needs of the Tribes and each county.
In 2005, the Bend City Council initiated the Bend 2030 community-wide visioning process in response to public concerns about Bend’s community character and the need for a stronger sense of direction. As a part of this process, Bend 2030 created a detailed action plan for supporting ‘A Creative Learning Culture’ that covered key vision elements: Education, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning, Arts and Culture.