The arts enrich our lives. That's why we provide artists and arts organizations in Oregon with financial support to help them thrive.
photo credit: Vibe of Portland
Miller Foundation arts grants support those who put "art at the heart" of their work. We also fund other types of organizations that deliver ongoing arts or arts education programming. Together, we can help the arts play a key role in all our Oregon communities.
We fund musical performance, theatrical productions, dance programs, and more.
photo credit: PDX Jazz / The performer is Esperanza Spaulding
photo credit: Literary Arts
We fund author events, writers in the schools, storytelling programs, and more.
We fund visual, media, and interdisciplinary arts programming. We also fund exhibits in public spaces where community members gather. Programs and exhibits can include work featuring Oregon artists as well as loaned or traveling art.
photo credit: Sitka Center
photo credit: Astoria Open Studios, Kirista Trask in-studio
We fund arts service organizations that support their local arts organizations. Services may include providing programs, tools, advocacy, and opportunities that help arts nonprofits and artists thrive, or that help communities connect with and learn about the arts.
We prioritize funding for arts education programs that specifically serve students who would otherwise not have access to arts education opportunities. These programs have strong public school partnerships, connect kids with professional teaching artists, offer culturally specific arts education, and offer sequential learning.
photo credit: NAYA
photo credit: Architectural Heritage Center
The Miller Foundation has collaborated with the Oregon Community Foundation and the Oregon Arts Commission to fund individual artists. Specifically, we participated in funding the statewide Artist Relief Program and the Artist Resilience Program as part of our COVID-19 response efforts.
WHAT'S NEXT: In 2024, the Miller Foundation will begin providing grants directly to individual artists. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.
You believe arts and education matter. So do we!
That's why our grant programs make it easy to connect arts and education organizations in Oregon with funding for their communities.
Our grant programs are fast and flexible.
Our typical turnaround time from inquiry to grant decision is about 4 months. For smaller organizations, your path to a a grant may be as short as 30 days!
Everyone benefits when funders work together.
We connect with other funders to support joint community efforts related to Arts and Education. We fund these activities through Initiatives.
photo credit: Native Arts and Cultures Foundation / artist: Shirod Younker