The Literary Arts Fund was seeded with a generous $20,000 gift from donors wishing to remain anonymous. The Fund supports and initiates literary arts opportunities at The Arts Center. Current programming includes an annual Youth Poetry Contest and Open Mic Event, coordination of the Poetry Marquee in Downtown Corvallis, and inclusion of poets in the summer Arts Alive event.
The Literary Arts Fund honors the work of poet and long-time Corvallis resident Roger Weaver. Weaver founded the Poetry Enterprises Foundation with the goal to “advance global peace and justice through the civilizing influence of poetry.” We thank the Poetry Enterprises Foundation Board for their transfer of remaining funds to The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund when they disbanded.
A Literary Arts Advisory Panel guides and promotes program ideas that meet the mission of The Arts Center. Members are appointed by the Executive Director of The Arts Center. FMI: Contact Executive Director, Cynthia Spencer.