Privacy Policy

Who we are

OpenArt is a nonprofit organization founded in Lane County, Oregon, that creates educational arts initiatives to help people transform at the point of their need. Our mission is to be a regenerative force in our communities, creating experiences of discovery, connection and resilience through our work in the arts and the natural world. As you might have already guessed, is our website address.

What we collect and why we collect it


When you leave a comment on our site, we collect the data shown in the comments form (i.e., your name and email address). We also collect your IP address and browser user agent string to try to make sure you're not a spammer.

It's up to you whether we use cookies to save your name, email address and website when you're leaving a comment; if you opt in, this website will remember this information for you, so you won't have to fill it in again when submitting another comment later. It's just a convenience, and as mentioned, it's optional. Such cookies last for one year.

One more note on this topic. Whenever you submit a comment, an anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you're using it. Visit to read the Gravatar service privacy policy if you want to understand how they use that information. After your comment is approved, if you are registered with that service, your Gravatar profile picture becomes visible to the public in the context of your comment.


It's a general truth that you should avoid uploading images to any website if said images have any embedded location data (EXIF GPS) attached, because other visitors to that website can download and extract this data from these images.

Contact forms

Our contact forms are set to collect your name and email address, the topic of your enquiry, and your message. The use of our contact form is purely voluntary. Please do not send any sensitive information through this channel. As with email in general, this is not a secure format for sharing private information.


No one but OpenArt staff has login privileges for this website, but if for some reason you were to visit our login page, we would set a temporary cookie to find out if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

For staff members who log in, additional cookies are used; however this isn't terribly relevant to you, so we'll skip it.

Embedded content from other websites

Some of the pages or articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Be aware, embedded content behaves exactly the same as it would if you were visiting the website that it comes from. Such websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with the embedded content—including tracking your interaction with said content if you have an account and are logged into that website. We don't control the behavior of other organizations or websites, and we can't tell you what they will or won't do. Please take whatever precautions you feel are necessary to protect your privacy.


This website uses Google Analytics to gather aggregated metrics about user behavior and demographics. This information includes which pages are visited most, how long users spend on each page, which countries users are visiting from, whether they're using a desktop, tablet or mobile device, and other non-personally-identifying data. Visit to find out what information Google Analytics collects and how you can manage your preferences.

With whom we share your data

We do not share data. The only conceivable scenario in which we would disclose any data collected about you through this website would be if we were legally compelled to do so.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. As mentioned above, comment cookies last one year.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or if you've left any comments, you can ask us to send you an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any information you've provided to us, or to erase this data from our records. (This does not include any data we're obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.)

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. This website uses Akismet as an anti-spam service. The information we collect includes your IP address, user agent, referrer, and site URL (along with other information directly provided by you, such as your name, username, email address, and comment content).

How to contact us about your data

If you're concerned about your privacy in regards to this website, please reach out! We're happy to answer any questions you might have. Email with your concerns.