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.
In the second of three rounds of 2015 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation have awarded $50,051 to 23 artists for career development projects. The awards include $32,701 from the Oregon Arts Commission and $17,350 in supplemental funding for eight artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation. Individual grants range from $700 to $6,670.
The current conditions, needs and aspirations of artists, patrons and the creative economies of Clatsop County will be the focus of an in-depth community conversation hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at Clatsop Community College.
Training as sound technicians at professional concerts; Designing, creating and installing public art; Learning the art of transmedia storytelling – telling a single story via multiple media – at Warm Springs Academy. Dozens of middle- and high-school aged underserved Oregon youth will experience creative industry careers alongside working professionals in three new “Connecting Students to the World of Work” projects announced today by the Oregon Arts Commission.
Gypsy Prince, a three-time school champion from Springfield’s Academy of Arts and Academics, is the 2015 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Prince, a 17-year-old senior, was one of nine regional finalists who competed in Saturday’s state Poetry Out Loud contest at Willamette University. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.
Packed like salmon in a tin can, the audience at Astoria’s Pier 11 was already overflowing into the lobby on an unusually sunny Saturday afternoon in February. Everyone listened intently as local poet Nancy Cook launched into one of her newest songs about going clamming during low tide. It didn’t take much urging from Cook to get to crowd to join her on the refrain, “It’s a minus tide this mornin’; I’ll meet you there.”