Governor Brown reinstates Governor's Arts Awards in honor of Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary

In celebration of the uplifting power of art and its value to Oregonians’ quality of life, Governor Kate Brown today announced she is reinstating the Governor’s Arts Awards in honor of the Oregon Arts Commission’s 50th Anniversary. Established in 1977, the once-annual awards have been on hiatus since 2007. A call for nominations is now posted on the Arts Commission website.

Statement on Oregon arts funding

Dear Arts Supporters,

Many of you have reached out to inquire about the importance of national funding to the arts in Oregon. We’d like to take this opportunity to share information on how national and state funding partner to support arts organizations and artists across the state.

We know that funding of arts and culture in Oregon is comprised of many sources of revenue including public, private, individual and corporate giving. It’s safe to say, however, that without public support many arts organizations would be in jeopardy.

Mitchell Lenneville of Tualatin named Oregon's 2016 Poetry Out Loud champion

Mitchell Lenneviille, a two-time state finalist from Tualatin who attends Portland Community College through Baker Early College, is the 2016 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Lenneville, a 19-year-old senior, was one of nine regional finalists who competed in Saturday’s state Poetry Out Loud contest at Willamette University. He advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled in early May in Washington, D.C.

The Oregon Community Foundation to partner with Oregon Arts Commission to provide additional Career Opportunity Grants funding for literary and performing artists

A new partnership between The Oregon Community Foundation and the Oregon Arts Commission will provide an additional  Career Opportunity Grant funding opportunity for literary and performing arts artists this spring. Applicants may apply for up to $1,500 from the Arts Commission and up to an additional $7,500 from The Oregon Community Foundation. The partnership mirrors a similar collaboration between the Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation for grants to visual artists.

Libby Unthank Tower elected Arts Commission Chair

Libby Unthank Tower, a Eugene graphic design and marketing professional in her second term on the Oregon Arts Commission, succeeded Julie Vigeland as Commission Chair on Jan. 1. Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, is now Vice Chair and Vigeland serves as Immediate Past Chair. Elections took place at the Dec. 4, 2015, Commission meeting in Portland.
 

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