Mitchell Lenneville of Tualatin named Oregon's 2016 Poetry Out Loud champion

Mitchell Lenneviille, a two-time state finalist from Tualatin who attends Portland Community College through Baker Early College, is the 2016 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Lenneville, a 19-year-old senior, was one of nine regional finalists who competed in Saturday’s state Poetry Out Loud contest at Willamette University. He advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled in early May in Washington, D.C.

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.

2016 Individual Artist Fellowships Announced

Natalie Ball, a Chiloquin-based artist working across media, is the 2016 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission’s honorary Joan Shipley Award. Ball leads a group of 13 Oregon artists selected from a pool of more than 160 applicants from 27 Oregon cities for the Arts Commission’s 2016 Individual Artist Fellowships.

The 2016 fellowships, awarded to artists from Portland, Eugene, Corvallis and Chiloquin, support artists working in visual arts and design and include small financial stipends.

18 Oregon artists receive Career Opportunity Grants

In the first of three rounds of 2016 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation have awarded $54,649 to 18 artists for career development projects. The awards include $25,649 from the Oregon Arts Commission and $29,000 in supplemental funding for six artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation. Individual grants range from $641 to $7,500.


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