Downtown Program Fund

Downtown Program Fund Events

Downtown Program Fund 2018 Recipients

Congratulations to our 2018 Downtown Program Fund recipients. The Fund’s committee of community members reviewed more than $44,000 in requests and awarded $25,000 in funding. Stay tuned for the summer 2018 dates of these 25 exciting events!


Meet Me in the Zocalo

A celebration of Latinx culture in the Park Blocks based on the active city centers (zocalos) of Mexico, featuring local bands, dancing, inclusive community art projects and more.

ArtCity Eugene


As night falls, the Park Blocks will showcase multidisciplinary art incorporating light, sculpture, music, film, dance and poetry in an illuminated outdoor pop-up gallery.

ArtCity Eugene

Studio Without Walls

A series of three events in the Park Blocks that invites the public to watch art-making and engage with artists as they bring their crafts of painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpting, dance, performance, art installations, music and more.

DanceAbility International

Movement for Memory

An eight-week series of dance classes that invites seniors and others to connect neurological processes with physical activity through expressive movement, all while building community and artistic inspiration.

EugeneTech & CodeChops


Three events featuring a giant pong game with fabricated oversized controllers for the public to play in Kesey Square.

EventStar Productions, L.L.C.

Beats & BBQ

Food truck contest and live musical entertainment in the Park Blocks that invites locally owned food trucks to be judged by hungry event attendees.

Honk! Fest Eugene

Free street music festival that blends the spirit of a block party and the art of global music with the grit of street performance. Musicians draw inspiration from traditions including New Orleans parade bands, Klezmer street bands, Balkan brass bands, Brazilian samba drumlines and many others.

Lane Arts Council

Summer Soul

A large-scale, free soul or funk concert in Kesey Square following July’s First Friday ArtWalk.

Lane County Farmers Market

Tuesday Farmers Market Family Days

Three days of family-friendly activities in the Park Blocks hosted in partnership with local nonprofits, aimed at inspiring curiosity through multimedia arts, science and culinary arts.

Tropical Contemporary

Visible Spectrum

A series of three multi-media events geared toward community interaction. Art, performance and workshops will focus on the reverence of diverse identities in order to disseminate art experiences, provide entertainment and create conversation.

Applications are closed for 2018.

What is the Downtown Program Fund?

Is there an event or artistic installation you have been wanting to grow downtown? The Downtown Program Fund may be for you! 

The Fund aims to activate downtown Eugene’s public spaces by expanding artistic and cultural programming. Funding in the range of $1,000 - $5,000 will be awarded to organizations or individuals who wish to produce their own quality programming during the summer of 2018 in and around the Park Blocks, Kesey Square and the Downtown Library Plaza. Funding can support any artistic or cultural discipline, including visual, dance, music, theater, film/video/media and multidisciplinary fields.

Why does the program exist?

Downtown Eugene has great potential to be the civic, commercial and social heart of the city. The City of Eugene is working toward this vision through improvements to downtown infrastructure, public safety, social services and events. Activation of downtown public spaces through programming is a key strategy to bring people and positive energy to the spaces. We seek to expand the breadth and quality of downtown activation by supporting additional programming by cultural and artistic partners.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Application
  3. Timeline
  4. FAQ's


  • The Downtown Program Fund is open to all organizations and individuals engaged in creative and cultural arts media and disciplines that are headquartered/physically reside within Lane County.
  • Proposed programming must take place between April 1 and September 30, 2018.
  • Programs must take place in or around one of downtown Eugene’s outdoor public spaces of the Park Blocks, Kesey Square and/or the Library Plaza.
  • Programs must be free and accessible to the public.
  • Programs in the Park Blocks must work around the Saturday Market, Farmer’s Market (Saturdays and Tuesdays), the lunchtime street performance series and other scheduled programming.
  • Applicants must provide a 1:1 cash match for the project for all City funds awarded (i.e. if the City awards you $1,000, you must also contribute at least $1,000 toward your project costs).
  • Applicants must agree to include the City of Eugene Cultural Services logo on all visual marketing materials for the program, and/or the written name in program press releases or other written information.
  • Upon completion of the program, applicants must complete a brief report and provide the City with 3-5 high-quality digital photographs of the program for use in future City promotions.
  • Applicants may submit proposals for as many as two programs, in which case a complete and separate proposal for each project is required.


  • A collaboration between multiple individuals or organizations.
  • Occurring in the late afternoon or evening (4-10 p.m.)
  • Occurring more than once during the summer.

Contact Us

  1. Sarah-Kate Sharkey
    Resource Development & Communications Manger
    Ph: 541-682-6342