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Arts and Culture — a powerful force for education and the economy

A recent study by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) looks at the critical role arts and culture has in stimulating the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The study reveals that the arts are an agile and resilient sector with the capacity to ignite job growth, reduce economic risk, stimulate commerce and attract tourism.

As we emerge from such a difficult period that has put an enormous strain on so many Oregonians, our arts and culture sector is bringing hope, healing, and renewed economic prosperity to our community. Working together to strengthen the resiliency of our community, particularly in BIPOC and rural communities, the PGE Foundation also recognizes the need for youth to engage in creative experiences that allow them to express how they feel and find meaning and connection in an often-uncertain world.

We are dedicated to supporting integrated arts-based learning and access because we believe creative expression provides rich opportunities for students to build the socio-emotional skills they need to embrace who they are, explore who they want to become and appreciate other perspectives along their journey.