Our mission is to engage readers, support writers and inspire the next generation with great literature. By offering a wide variety of programming, we help foster a lifelong love of literature for an intergenerational and diverse audience, as well as to strengthen the communities of artists who make it.
Bottom Line for Portland
Last year, Literary Arts engaged 20,000 readers through events, supported 1,500 local writers and inspired 4,000 students in the classroom and the concert hall. We hosted 80 or more free events, offering a platform for culturally specific programming. Eighteen percent of writing students received discounted tuition, and 3,000 youth received free admission to events.
“During my time in Portland, I was so inspired by Literary Arts’ commitment to community, engagement and public dialogue. Not only do they create space for writers and their work, they also nurture America’s future voices.”
—Claudia Rankine, 2017-2018 Portland Arts & Lectures author
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