Arts Build Communities: Fisherpoets put the fishing life into verse in Astoria

By James Bash | Friday, March 6, 2015

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.”

Eight visual arts institutions receive $95,690 in Art Acquisition Funds

Eight Oregon arts organizations will receive $95,690 in funds from The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Program, the Oregon Arts Commission announced today. The Art Acquisition Fund, managed by the Arts Commission, helps visual arts institutions with publicly accessible collections acquire seminal works by Oregon visual artists. The effort preserves public access to great works and supports artists and the institutions that sustain their work.

$200,000 awarded in 34 Arts Build Communities grants

Salem, Ore. – Art as a medium to rally community around a shared need is reflected in 34 Oregon projects awarded $200,000 in 2015 Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Vacant downtown storefronts become celebrations of community in Corvallis; incarcerated youth fulfill treatment requirements by sharing their stories through pictures or performance in Clackamas County; and in Enterprise, Fishtrap inspires 1,700 people to read Luis Alberto Urrea’s “Into the Beautiful North” before engaging in discussions, events and activities that explore Latino issues.

Participate in town meetings

The Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust are pleased to announce a series of 14 town meetings across Oregon to gather information about local, regional and statewide issues in arts and culture. We encourage you to attend, participate, share and learn in this important process.  The Commission and Trust will use the information we gather to develop independent plans that will guide each organization over the next five years. 


Oregon Arts Commission

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Salem, OR 97301-1280