109 arts organizations to receive FY2022 Small Operating Grants

Salem, Oregon – Small grants that often make a large difference in ensuring arts access for Oregonians, especially in rural areas, have been awarded to 109 statewide arts organizations by the Oregon Arts Commission for FY2022. Twelve more small arts organizations qualified than in FY2021.  Awarded to arts organizations in virtually every region of the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000.

154 arts organizations receive $1,265,166 in Operating Support awards from the Oregon Arts Commission

Salem, Oregon – Awards totaling $1,265,166 will be distributed to 154 Oregon arts organizations through the Oregon Arts Commission’s fiscal year 2022 Operating Support Program. There are six more recipients than in fiscal year 2021 due to a growing number of eligible organizations. Ranging from $2,000 to $ 25,000, the grant awards are available to nonprofit organizations with arts at the core of their mission and budgets over $150,000.

28 Oregon artists receive Career Opportunity Program grant awards

Salem, Oregon – In the first of two rounds of FY2022 Career Opportunity Program grant awards, the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation have awarded $88,234 to 28 artists for career development projects. The awards include $44,150 from the Oregon Arts Commission for all artistic disciplines and $44,084 in supplemental funding for 11 established visual artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program. Individual grants range from $425 to $11,000.

Announcing a second round of relief funding for artists: Artist Resilience Program to provide $1.5 million for Oregon artists

Salem, Oregon – The application is now live for the Artist Resilience Program, a second round of relief funding for Oregon artists offered by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. The partnership, which began with 2020’s Artist Relief Program, invests another $1.5 million in support for artists’ recovery from the pandemic.

Liora Sponko named Senior Program Manager; Eleanor Sandys promoted to Visual Arts Coordinator

Salem, Oregon – Liora Sponko and Eleanor Sandys have been promoted to new positions on the Oregon Arts Commission staff team. Sponko, the former Community Arts Coordinator, is now Senior Program Manager for both the Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Arts Commission’s sister agency. Sandys, the former Registrar and Research Specialist, is now the Arts Commission’s Visual Arts Coordinator.

Nov. 19 public event to celebrate new Lee Imonen sculpture at University of Oregon’s Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library

Salem, Oregon – “1116 Pages,” a new sculpture formed as an aluminum waterfall by Oregon artist Lee Imonen, will be celebrated during a public event from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the University of Oregon’s Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library. The work was commissioned through Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places Program.

Call for self nominations: Traditional Arts Recovery Program now open

Salem, Oregon – Oregon traditional artists who would like to be considered for the Traditional Arts Recovery Program may self-nominate between now and Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Administered by the Oregon Folklife Network in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission, the Traditional Arts Recovery Program will provide stipends of $5,000 to 15 Oregon traditional artists for the creation of new work. Eligible artists will use a range of art forms to represent and express Oregon’s diverse ethnic, sacred, occupational and regional cultural arts.

Allocation of NEA American Rescue Plan Act funds announced

Salem, Oregon – Eighty percent, or $655,500, of the $805,000 allocated to the Oregon Arts Commission through National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will be used to increase FY2021 operating support grant awards for Oregon arts organizations of all budget sizes across the state, the Arts Commission announced today. The remaining $150,000 will augment an existing partnership with the Oregon Folklife Network to support the creation of new work by folk and traditional artists and cover program coordination costs.

New work by Damien Gilley installed at Oregon Institute of Technology’s Student Recreation Center

Salem, Oregon -- A geometric mural by Portland artist Damien Gilley, commissioned through Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places Program, has been installed in Oregon Institute for Technology’s Student Recreation Center (TechRec).

Titled “Arena,” one immersive site-specific mural designed by Gilley extends the full length of a 75-foot walking corridor along both walls and the ceiling. A second related mural is located at the check-in area of TechRec.


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