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.

$190,000 awarded in 30 Arts Build Communities grants

Salem, Ore. – Art as a means to address community need is reflected in 30 Oregon projects awarded $190,000 in 2016 Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Vacant downtown storefronts become celebrations of community in Corvallis; Fishtrap inspires 1,700 in Wallowa County to read Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” before engaging in discussions, events and activities about rural isolation and community; and in Portland Sisters of the Road will produce "On the Ground," a short film exploring the history and root causes of homelessness in Portland.

Oregon Folklife Network to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant Award

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.
In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $30,000 award to the Oregon Folklife Network to continue its ongoing statewide Folklife Survey which began in 2013. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

Oregon State Hospital Memorial Honored by Public Art Network Year in Review

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.

Artists, supporters and those interested in the creative economy of Clatsop County invited to Mechanisms to Support Visual Artists conversation May 6 in Astoria

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.

$89,375 awarded for three new ‘World of Work’ projects

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 of Springfield named Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud champion

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.


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