National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu has announced 69 Our Town awards totaling almost $5 million in the program's fifth year of funding, including a $75,000 to the city of Milton-Freewater in Oregon. The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000.
Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honors 31 outstanding public arts projects created in 2014, including the Oregon State Hospital Memorial, through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The works were chosen from more than 300 entries across the country and recognized today at Americans for the Arts’ 2015 Annual Convention in Chicago.
Current conditions, needs and opportunities related to critical writing and documentation for the visual arts in the Portland Metro region will be the focus of an in-depth community conversation hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at Portland State University. The event is held in collaboration with The Ford Family Foundation and PSU’s College of the Arts.
In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make 13 awards to nonprofit art and design organizations in Oregon totaling $1,059,700. This includes $739,700 awarded through a state partnership agreement with the Oregon Arts Commission for programs that benefit state residents.