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Local and Regional Arts & Events

  • 541 Live – Events calendar, outdoor activities, shopping, food and drink, and more for southwest and central Oregon – the very heart of the “541” area code.
  • Arts Central – As the Regional Arts and Culture Council for Central Oregon, provides arts services to the communities, artists and arts organizations in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties.
  • Art Presence – Art enhancing community dedicated to encouraging and developing a growing and superior art presence in the city of Jacksonville, OR.
  • Ashland Art Center – Serves as a vital resource for art experience and education, while offering economic and social support to the visual arts community.
  • Ashland Galleries – The Ashland Gallery Association is a collection of over thirty galleries and dozens of artists, offering remarkably diverse and high quality works of art. The association also hosts the monthly First Friday Artwalk. (Ashland, OR)
  • Ashland Independent Film Festival (aiff) – More than 80 films shown in five days. A showcase for the highest quality independent films from around the world.
  • Ashland Source Center – Southern Oregon community events and news source for the “emerging culture.”
  • BendFilm – Celebrates the brave voice of independent cinema through films, lectures and education.
  • Briscoe ArtWing – Exploring the creative process in community.
  • Cascades Theatrical Company – Puts local residents on-stage and back-stage in productions that far exceed expectations of what “community theatre” is supposed to be. (Bend, OR)
  • Central Oregon Showcase – Energizing the Central Oregon community through the arts. Sponsors of the Central Oregon Film Festival.
  • Concerts in Bend, Oregon – Upcoming events and performances at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater.
  • Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts – Southern Oregon’s state-of-the-art community performing arts center. The facility features excellent acoustics and sightlines, an impressive array of theatrical equipment and is operated by a professional staff. The auditorium is intimate and comfortable and seats just 732 patrons, yet the stage can accommodate large national concert, dance and theatrical tours.
  • C3 Events – Central Oregon event productions. (Bend, OR)
  • FireHouse Gallery – Rogue Community College operates this facility, located in a converted firehouse. The gallery features artwork by local, regional, national, and international emerging artists, challenging preconceived ideas and attitudes. A variety of art educates and inspires viewers from the college and community. First Friday Art Night receptions are held here monthly. (Grants Pass, OR)
  • Mountain Stars Quilters Guild – Serving southern Oregon and northern California.
  • Oregon Cabaret Theatre – Intimate 140-seat musical theater in a striking former church, built in 1911. Six shows a week, year-round. (Ashland, OR)
  • Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts – Southern Oregon’s original year-round theatre conservatory for youth. (Medford, OR)
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival – A major theater arts organization based in Ashland, offering a diversity of plays as well as events and activities to enhance the overall theatrical experience.
  • Rogue Gallery & Art Center – Aiming to enliven the individual and enrich the community through inspirational visual art experiences. (Medford, OR)
  • Rogue Theatre – Intimate venue (Grants Pass, OR) in a funky old movie theater, for a diverse array of arts and cultural events that celebrate the human spirit, bringing people of all ages together to be entertained and inspired. Fantastic acoustics, as well as local craft beers and wines (which you may take to your seat).
  • Rogue Valley Chorale – “For more than 37 years the Rogue Valley Chorale has been at the heart of the arts scene in Southern Oregon. The 100 members who make up the Chorale are men and women with diverse musical backgrounds including professional singers, actors, music educators and gifted vocalists who simply love to sing.” (Medford, OR)
  • Rogue Valley Symphony – Inspires audiences of all ages and stimulates dialogue through live performances of diverse music and educational programs. (Ashland, Medford, and Grants Pass, OR)
  • S.O.A.R. – Southern Oregon Artists Resource
  • S.O.S.A. – Southern Oregon Society of Artists
  • S.O.V.A. – Southern Oregon Visitors Association: A regional, non-profit marketing group formed in 1984. Over the years, SOVA has grown into a seven-county association of hospitality and tourism businesses and destination marketing organizations.
  • The Source Weekly – Online version of weekly newspaper covering Bend’s news, opinion, culinary, and culture scenes.
  • Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association – Sponsors educational and cultural events in Southern Oregon that showcase Chinese culture and traditions.
  • Southern Oregon University Performing Arts Department – After years of separately fostering the performing arts as the independent departments of Music and Theatre Arts, the new unified department is fast becoming a powerful regional, national and even international center for the arts. (Ashland, OR)
  • Sunriver Music Festival – Presents quality performances of classical music, and provides educational programs for the youth of Central Oregon. (Sunriver, OR)
  • Tempo – Southern Oregon’s entertainment guide, via the Mail Tribune news organization.
  • Tower Theatre – 466-seat performing arts venue in Bend, Oregon. Central Oregon’s leading performing arts organization, providing cultural and educational programs that make essential contributions to the region’s lifestyle and strength of community.
  • Wiseman Gallery – Aesthetic, cultural, and social works by local artists as well as national artists of emerging importance. A variety of media and styles are presented to inspire and educate the viewer. Annual exhibits include the student and faculty shows. (Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, OR)


  • khanacademy.org – With a library of over 4,600 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, this site can help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. And it’s all free.
  • ted.com – lectures by smart people
  • academicearth.org – classroom lectures
  • freerice.com – expand your vocabulary while feeding the hungry
  • lizardpoint.com – a collection of geography quizzes
  • mathrun.net – timed math quizzes
  • classicshorts.com – the best short stories
  • erowid.org – learn about drugs
  • qwikia.com – turn a Wikipedia article into a video
  • unplugthetv.com – a collection of intellectually stimulating videos
  • factsie.com – a place to learn amazing and unusual historical and scientific facts
  • edX – take great courses from the world’s best universities

Graphics & Design

  • Font Squirrel – Curated collection of downloadable fonts, 100% free for commercial use

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Miscellaneous Interesting Sites

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