Harlen Springer of Florence appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission

Salem, Oregon – Harlen Springer, the chair of the Florence Public Arts Committee and a founding member and past president of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. Kate Brown.

Harlen is a retired corporate executive with extensive experience leading artistic and consumer products companies including Portal Publications, Numi Organic Tea and Boing Designs. Prior to that, Springer held senior management positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Procter and Gamble, Clorox and Unilever.

19 Oregon arts organizations receive Arts Learning grant awards

Nineteen arts organizations will each receive $10,000 grant awards to support their educational projects in Oregon schools through $190,000 in FY2020 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning funding announced today.

“We are delighted by the creativity and collaboration behind this year’s applications, and are confident that the education of students around the state will be enriched as a result,” said Arts Commissioner Michael Dalton, who chaired the review panel. “The variety of funded projects demonstrates the capacity in which the arts can help students learn.”

Michael Greer appointed to Oregon Arts Commission

Salem, Oregon – Michael Greer, the executive director of Oregon Ballet Theatre, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. Kate Brown.

Greer brings leadership experience from both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. As a former professional dancer and experienced executive, he enjoys using his diverse background to bring new ideas and innovative solutions to the performing arts. He also currently serves on the board of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition.

Greg Pfarr’s “A Sense of Place” to be exhibited in the Governor’s Office Aug.7 – Sept. 26

Salem, Oregon – Corvallis artist Greg Pfarr will exhibit “A Sense of Place: Time, Memory and Imagination in the Pacific Northwest” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem from Aug. 7 to Sept. 26. A “meet the artist” reception is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Oregon’s state art collection featured on new Oregon Arts Commission website

Oregon’s public collection of more than 2,400 artworks acquired and commissioned since 1975 is now featured on a searchable website for all to view. The State of Oregon Percent for Art Collection includes paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mosaics, murals, textiles and both site-specific and structurally integrated art installations by over 800 artists. A number of commissioned temporary works can also be found on the website.

Belise Nishimwe of St. Mary’s Academy named Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud champion; Nicole Coronado of Lake Oswego named runner up

Salem, Oregon – Belise Nishimwe, a sophomore at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, is the 2019 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Nishimwe was one of nine 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 29-May 1 in Washington, D.C.

Nicole Coronado, a senior at Lakeridge High School, was named runner up. If Nishimwe (pronounced knee-sheem-way) is unable to attend the national competition Coronado would be invited to represent Oregon.

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