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It's here! The Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene is delighted to present the 2023 Arts Guide.
The Arts Guide provides a snapshot of nearly 175 of Eugene's artists and arts organizations. We hope the Arts Guide inspires you or your business to connect with the arts community in a new way.
We also want to highlight a few new features this year:
1) Guide to Arts on Campus - This resource shares arts and culture highlights on the University of Oregon and Lane Community College campus.
2) How the Arts Can Help Your Business - This resource is an overview of some of the ways that partnering with the arts can lead to business success.
We can’t wait for you to explore this year's guide, and we want to say a big thank you to the Arts Guide sponsor Travel Lane County. You can read their special welcome message to this year's guide here.
When thinking about the art and business worlds, the first thing that comes to mind might be a list of differences. If we take a closer look at these sectors' strengths, we can see how blending skills, ideas, and resources leads to tremendous synergy. Sascha Bardua discusses this blending in “Synergies between Arts, Business, and Entrepreneurship.” In this piece, he explores the idea that art and entrepreneurialism are two expressions of one shared desire: to leave the world a little different than you found it.
As you plan your partnerships and collaborations for 2023, we encourage you to think about what the art world can do for you. Consider listing the items you can bring to the table and what you might need from a partner. Keeping your categories broad can allow for some creativity. We can’t wait to see what kind of partnerships you create in 2023.
Learn and Reflect at the Pub
There are many lessons to be learned by closely examining our past. To spark this learning and reflection, the Lane County Historical Society has partnered with the University of Oregon History Department and developed History Pub Talks. Once a month, from September through May, the museum works with local businesses, the University of Oregon, and history scholars to present talks on historical events and current research.
The History Pub events allow the community to learn about exciting history or history-adjacent topics in a casual setting. The evenings are hosted by local businesses that provide food and drink. The lectures cover a wide range of topics through a historical lens, including culture, race, gender, ecology, and more. History Pub talks are perfect for anyone from students to seniors, and there is typically the time at the end for questions from the audience. Events like these bring history to life outside the museum setting while bringing customers to local businesses—an excellent example of how arts and business can partner together.
Information about future talks can be found on their events calendar here. You can also view recordings of past History Pub topics on YouTube (closed captions available).
Curated Links For the Busy Professional
Find Some Outliers and Outlaws
The Museum of Natural and Cultural History invites you to discover stories about Eugene’s lesbian community from the women who created and sustained it. In the 1960s to 1990s, hundreds of young women who identified as lesbian came to Eugene. They founded organizations central to the city and provided leadership for community service agencies. They created magazines, photographs, music, films, dance performances, theater, and art. And they influenced Oregon's political landscape and contributed to the larger LGBTQ movement. Learn more here.
Opening Weekend January 27 - 29 (members only on the 27th)
Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Reward Yourself with Love, Hope, and Opera
Eugene Opera is thrilled to bring you La Bohème, Puccini's beloved masterwork, performed at the Silva Concert Hall. This quintessential work of Italian opera tells the story of Mimì, a seamstress, and her love for the poet Rodolfo. In the garrets of Paris, their love blossoms in the shadow of her worsening illness and impending death. With soaring melodies and heartbreaking feeling, this opera breathes hope into tragedy with every phrase. Get your tickets here.
Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, January 29 at 2:30 pm
Hult Center of the Performing Arts
Watch a World Premiere Play
Join Oregon Contemporary Theatre in a rolling world premiere of Man and Moon by Siean Marilyn Ledger. This tale of an unlikely friendship proves that the universe can offer beauty and meaning in the smallest interactions—a powerful story of finding human connection. The play revolves around Aaron, a transitioning man, and Luna, a 12-year-old girl with a deep passion for outer space. Together in the lobby of an Oncology Unit, they learn how to wait as they navigate their changing bodies and circumstances. Get tickets here.
Opens Friday, January 20 at 7:30 pm
Closes Sunday, February 5 at 2:00 pm
Matinee on Sundays at 2:00 pm
Oregon Contemporary Theatre
See this Must-See Exhibit
Karin Clarke Gallery starts the new year with a powerful exhibit of 27 new paintings by long-time Eugene artist Margaret Coe. The show is simply called "Work" and displays her pandemic-era oils on canvas painted between 2020 and 2022 and five reworked pieces from her travels in France and Italy. Other paintings are of Otter Crest beach, the Oregon Coast, and the Willamette Valley. The majority, though, were painted in her own backyard, which rises up to the woods of Southeast Eugene. Coe is one of the most admired painters in this area and taught at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. Her exhibits have been featured throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, including a retrospective exhibit with her late husband, Mark Clarke, in 2017-2018 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. See more details here.
January 18 - February 25, 2023
Artist Reception: Saturday, January 21, 2 - 4 pm
First Friday Artwalk: February 3rd, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Karin Clarke Gallery
Share a Date Night on Campus
The University Theatre is proud to present The Wolves. Playwright Sarah DeLappe invites the audience into the warm-up circle along with nine young women who tackle big questions while they joke, stretch, train, and play. The play received multiple awards and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Get your tickets here.
Opens Friday, January 27 at 7:30 pm
Closes Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 pm
Matinee on Sunday, February 5 at 2:00 pm
Hope Theatre | University of Oregon
Start the New Year on the Right Foot
Established in 1978, the Eugene Folklore Society promotes a variety of folk dancing, folk music, and folk traditions, and it creates opportunities for community participation. It offers bimonthly contra dances from September to June on the second and the fourth Saturdays. Contra dance is a form of folk dancing made up of long lines of couples. You can learn the basic moves in a few minutes at our lesson, which is offered at 7 pm before each dance. The moves are easy and fun to practice, and the lesson will prepare you perfectly. Dances are open to the public, and people of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Learn more here.
Saturday, January 14 & 28
The lesson starts at 7:00 pm
The dance starts at 7:30 pm
The Village School (3411 Willamette St)
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