In Echo: Grant keeps musicians traveling

| Friday, July 29, 2016

In a town of only 700 people, more than 100 Echo residents attended both concerts by the Inland Northwest Musicians in December. Attendance has increased so dramatically in the 16 years the group has been visiting that, though tickets are free, attendees must register in advance to attend. In fact, the two-day event has become a holiday festival, with local merchants hosting booths outside the community center.

$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.

Arts Commission announces Small Operating Grant program

A two-year pilot grant program designed to provide operating support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000 is now open at the Oregon Arts Commission. Applications for the first round of funding will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at http://oregon.culturegrants.org/. Eligibility is limited to organizations that have operated as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit for two years or more.

$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.

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. 

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