The Oregon Museums Association is dedicated to supporting museums across the state. Founded in 1978, OMA provides resources and services to over 200 museums, cultural institutions, and professionals. We believe that museums are valuable cultural resources and vital community assets.
From Ontario to Astoria, federal agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are catalysts for positive change and growth. From 2014-2016, the NEA, NEH, and IMLS collectively granted more than $3.1 million directly to museums in Oregon. Additional funding to other Oregon agencies includes $2 million to Oregon Humanities and $2.2 million to the Oregon Arts Commission, some of which was re-granted to Oregon museums.
Museums play a vital role in the lives of all Oregonians. Thanks to an IMLS grant, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation updated their permanent exhibition at the Tamastslikt Cultural Center to bring a modern lens to the lifeways and contributions of local indigenous peoples. With a NEA grant, the Schneider Museum of Art hosted In Sight, Insight, Incite, which brought a series of artist lectures, conversations, and demonstrations to the Southern Oregon University museum. A NEH grant enabled the Jordan Schnitzer Museum to showcase America’s diverse history and traditions by preserving objects such as their contemporary Mexican photographic prints and pieces by mid-century American graphic illustrator Rolf Klep.
Cultural funding is essential. As the Oregon Museums Association Board of Directors, we have unanimously voted to release this statement in support of our partner agencies. Museums matter, and OMA will continue to advocate for the safeguarding of our state’s vibrant museum community.
The Oregon Museums Association Board of Directors