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 Celebration and Open Mic Event, Cultural Literary Arts programs with youth such as “Poetics Rising” and “art+poetry” workshops with artists at the Oak Creek Corrections for young women, coordination of the Poetry Marquee in Downtown Corvallis, and support for and inclusion of written word artists in the summer Arts Alive! event of the Artist Accelerator Program.

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.

Literary Arts Advisors guide and promote 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.

Anyone may DONATE to the Literary Arts Fund to support written word, prose and poetry and other literary arts programming. 

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