Salem, Oregon – Sarah Calvin-Stupfel, a senior at West Salem High School, is the 2018 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Calvin-Stupfel was one of eight regional finalists who competed at Saturday’s state Poetry Out Loud contest at Salem Public Library. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for April 23-25 in Washington, D.C.
Salem, Ore. – Using the arts as a means of addressing community need is at the heart of 33 projects awarded $209,400 by the Oregon Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities grant program for FY2018.
Small grants that can make a large difference in ensuring arts access for rural Oregonians were awarded to 79 statewide arts organizations by the Oregon Arts Commission for FY2018.
Salem, Oregon – In the final of three rounds of FY2017 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation have collectively awarded $88,246 to 22 artists for career development projects. The awards include $23,116 from the Oregon Arts Commission; $34,700 in supplemental funding for seven artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation; and $30,430 from The Oregon Community Foundation. Individual grants range from $552 to $9,000.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards.
Reinstated by Governor Brown following a 10-year hiatus, the Governor's Arts Awards are a partnership between the Office of the Governor and the Arts Commission to recognize and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts in Oregon.
In 2015, when the Inland Musicians became one of the first recipients of an Oregon Arts Commission Small Operating Grant, the ensemble’s future became more stable. “The $1,000 we received allowed us to continue to offer free concerts to our audiences,” says programs director Lori Johnson. “We continue to reach communities that rarely have access to fine arts.”
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.
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.
Regional Poetry Out Loud competitions held Saturday, March 5, in Beaverton, Medford and Salem identified the nine Oregon high school students who will compete for the state title at Willamette University on Saturday, March 12. Three finalists were selected from each regional competition with 34 statewide schools participating.