Appreciation for Arts and Artists, Kudos to all of you

Appreciation for Arts and Artists, Kudos to all of you

I always enjoy conversations with others about arts and cultural activities. Simple questions can provoke a depth of conversation and foster meaningful connections.


Here are a few of my favorites:

  • What types of art or specific artists inspire you most?
  • What music has captured your attention or been on regular repeat lately?
  • What are your favorite art and cultural events? What is it about these events that you enjoy?
  • If you could develop one or two artistic talents, what would they be and why?

I love live music, especially outdoors. I was blessed to be able to attend a small music festival in Texas for the recent solar eclipse. Hundreds of joyful, appreciative, loving humans (and a few animals) gathered together to share the splendors of celestial delights and harmonious sounds. Truly a magical experience.

I also have deep appreciation for hand-crafted works of magic. Woodwork, glass, sculpture, painting, jewelry. The abilities of artists to transform natural materials into beautiful and useful creations is tremendously inspirational.

Like many others, I welcomed the recent news that the Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation jointly announced a new pool of $40 million to support the arts over the next three years. The State of Oregon has also committed nearly $12 million package to support the arts.

The pandemic had disastrous effects on many arts organizations. Shows and seasons were canceled. Donations dwindled. And many organizations were shuttered permanently.


But it also provided a catalyst for many artists.

And now is a great time to get out and enjoy the fruits of their efforts. The calendar is now full of activities to enjoy. Dance. Theater. Friday Art Walks. Music in the Parks. Gallery openings. Special events.

For Beaverton and the surrounding community, one of the best sources for arts and cultural activities is the Tualatin Valley Creates events calendar: Here you can find all sorts of wonderful activities – as a participant or spectator.

You can learn Irish Dance. Learn to weave baskets or paint with watercolors. Find music, plays, and other performances. Plus, lots of art walks and activities in the parks to enjoy with family and friends.

Here at the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, we understand that the arts and cultural activities are more than fun and inspiration. They also provide an economic engine that creates jobs, attracts visitors, and keeps citizens engaged in their community.

I would like to express my deep appreciation for all of the artists and creatives that make our community such a special place to live, work, and play. Kudos to all of you!


By Rob Routhieaux, Director of Small Business Support & Development. For more information about how your business can be involved or sponsorship opportunities, email us at or call 503-644-0123.