Hi Lynn,


1.      Our funds are directly tied to construction budgets. There is no indication that existing funds will be taken away. We don’t have clear indication whether construction projects will or will not continue – as of now some projects are moving forward and other projects status is unknown because of lack of communication or uncertainty of what the near future holds from the construction standpoint. We anticipate this would be a delay, not a full stop. Currently, our project managers feel that in general they can continue with existing projects. (This could change and we shall see what happens with new/near future projects. I think we will see the state budget being very affected for next biennium’s legislative session, which could mean less construction project state funding which means less Percent for Art projects. So much TBD for the future.)


2.      The plan is to continue with RFQs, but this really depends on the status of each particular project. Ideally, our program can be a source of income for artists and galleries while other sources dry up. If construction can continue and we can adapt our committee processes to virtual, we might be able to continue issuing RFQs and new projects.


One thing I am hearing our project managers indicate is a hold up is in artwork production – specialty shops, such as glass fabricators, are closing or might need to have just one person working for social distancing needs. Installation has also been affected, as the company we use for installation and transport has closed. However, in both cases, we were able to work with these companies to have them open up specifically for our needs. They were glad to get the business. In one case, artwork will need to be stored temporarily rather than installed directly. And of course, there is consideration of artists being able to travel or not. Direct purchases will be easier to manage.


It feels like the situation is changing and could change, depending on a number of factors. Lots of uncertainty.







Eleanor Sandys

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Oregon Arts Commission

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I realize this question might be too soon, but I'm about to teach a class to a bunch of anxious artists who are interested in hearing our best guess.  With respect to your own programs:


1)  Are funds that are already allocated for commissions going to stay in the pipeline or will they go away?


2)  Will you be issuing new RFQ's or are you getting signs that everything is on hold?


Thank you,





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