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.

$175,000 AWARDED IN 31 ARTS BUILD COMMUNITIES GRANTS

Salem, Ore. – Using the arts as a means of addressing community need is at the heart of 31 projects awarded $175,000 by the Oregon Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities grant program for FY2019.

The Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences in Oregon. More than half of this year’s awards go to communities outside of the Portland area.

Eight Grants Announced to Support the Acquisition of Artworks by Oregon Artists in the 10th year of The Ford Family Foundation Acquisition Support

Salem, Oregon – The Oregon Arts Commission is excited to announce eight grants made through The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Fund, which supports our state’s collecting visual arts institutions, the artists whose work they are able to acquire, and the public who will be guaranteed access to these important works in perpetuity.

17 Oregon arts organizations receive arts learning grants

A total of 17 Oregon arts organizations have received $10,000 awards totaling $170,000 in FY2019 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants to support projects across the state.

“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 Commission Chair Christopher Acebo, who chaired the review panel. “The variety of grant projects demonstrates the capacity in which art can help students learn.”

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