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What We Do

Oregon Cartoon Institute is dedicated to raising awareness of Oregon’s rich animation and cartooning history. We have no brick and mortar presence, and always work in partnership with organizations which do.

We research contributions made by Oregon artists to American animation and cartooning history, and share that information in public history/arts education events designed to celebrate and inform.

Our partners have included Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Jewish Museum, Marylhurst University, Portland State University, Ethos Music Center, Hollywood Theatre, Northwest Animation Festival, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, MovieMaker Magazine, SIFF Cinema, Western Washington University, and Disjecta. We are fiscally sponsored by Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.

Working with partner institutions, and with many skilled and passionate volunteers, Oregon Cartoon Institute created the following public history/arts education events.


Dennis Nyback’s Cartoon Extravaganza: 21 Nights of Rare Animation from The Nyback Collection 


Platform Festival Videoblog 


Bill Plympton Day @ Oregon Sesquicentennial Film Festival at Marylhurst


Barks + Wolverton = R. Crumb, Genius


Mel Blanc Project


Lew Cook Teach In


Harry Smith PDX


Harry Comes Home Tour


Mid Century Oregon Genius 


Oregon Film History Invitational