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Charitable Tax Update

The House of Representatives passed a bill 277-130 to make permanent a series of charitable tax provisions.

Rep. Calvert Restores Cut to NEA and NEH

Once again, your advocacy voices made a difference. Last week, thousands of Arts Action Fund members sent letters to their Members of Congress in response to action taken by the House Subcommittee on the Interior.

California Governor Signs $5 Million Increase for the Arts

Last week, more than 1,000 California arts advocates signed the Arts Action Fund petition in less than 24 hours to encourage the Governor to sign a bill that included a $5 million increase in funding for the California Arts Council

A Perfect World

The Artist's Road
Shared with the Southern Oregon Artists Resource by Elaine Frenett, who received it in an email from The Artist’s Road, a website focused on travel and plein air painting. “Having spent a lifetime exploring and finding purpose and fulfillment through art, we decided to build this art and painting website to share what we have learned and to inspire others in their creative lives. Much of the important content (over 375 articles) you’ll find here is instructional – the steps to making paintings in oil, pastel or watercolor -  often illustrated by videos, slide shows and Step-by-Step demonstrations. Enjoy the free content. We believe that you will find value and inspiration in it.”
Many thanks to The Artist’s Road for this unique and important perspective on the importance of art.
The Dream by Henri Rousseau, 1910 (PD)
The Dream          1910 (PD)          Henri Rousseau

   We recently read a description of what artists do – perhaps the best description ever uttered – in a reprint of a commencement speech given by the late Kurt Vonnegut to the graduating class of Syracuse University in 1994. It is elegant in its spare simplicity and spot on. Mr. Vonnegut was fondly recalling a conversation he had had with one of his favorite teachers:

   “The teacher whose name I mentioned when we all remembered good teachers asked me one time, ‘What is it artists do?’ And I mumbled something. ‘They do two things,’ he said. ‘First, they admit they can’t straighten out the whole universe. And then second, they make at least one little part of it exactly as it should be. A blob of clay, a square of canvas, a piece of paper, or whatever.’ ”

Cut through all the rationalizing we do about why we feel we must continue to make art each day and what it comes down to, for most of us, is that pure and noble desire to make one thing exactly as we think it should be. We have little to no control over anything else. But when we sit down to make something, then the world is ours alone. At those moments, completely absorbed with our thoughts and efforts, it matters not what anyone else thinks now, or in the future. And if we are in the zone and able to create the beautiful thing living in our hearts and minds, then we would be wise to also protect our hatchling from the greater world of Art. By all means share it when the time is right, for sharing is ultimately what art is for. However, be in no hurry to enter into any art competitions with your newborn. Besides wasting precious hard-earned cash, a rejection or two can undo all the inspiration, self confidence and perfection which we seek to instill in our work in the first place. If we have truly made our little piece of the world exactly as we feel it should be, then honestly, we need no further approbation.

Artists need to be able to separate their tender-hearted makings from the cold-hearted enterprises of the larger world. Competing with other artists and selling art can be tough on the sensitive souls whose creations the world sorely needs. There is no easy answer to this conundrum – it is a double-edged sword. That is why we believe it is so important to carve out a space and a regular time when the larger world can be shut out so that we can listen to the song of the muse without commercial interruption.

Tell Gov. Brown of California that $5 Million for the Arts is a Great Investment!

Great news! Over the weekend, the California Legislature approved the FY 2015 budget that includes $5 million in funding for the California Arts Council.

U.S. Senate Confirms Jane Chu on June 12th

In February of this year, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Jane Chu as Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, a position that has been vacant for more than a year. On June 12th, 2014, she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

And This Year’s AAF Briefing Speaker is… Bill Ivey!

Make sure the arts have a powerful voice during the 2014 midterm elections! Join us at the Americans for the Arts annual convention on June 13-15, 2014 in the musical epicenter of Southeast US, Nashville, Tennessee. The Arts Action Fund will be hosting a reception at 6:30 on Friday, June 13th. Together, we can achieve the goal of mobilizing one million citizen arts advocates to advance the arts in America.

Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon meeting- June 23! Mark your calendars and please attend!

Arts Alliance of southern Oregon logoGreetings! Please join us for the next Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon meeting

Monday, June 23, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.

at the Southern Oregon Guild in Kerby.  

The Gallery & Art Center is located on the RCC Kerby Campus, 24353 Redwood Hwy, Kerby, OR. 
 
We are thrilled to have such a strong alliance with the arts community from Jackson and Josephine Counties. We look forward to this next meeting to build upon the work we have done over the last year. Our mission: Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon is an organization of artists, arts organizations, arts advocates, and the public, dedicated to building a strong, creative and sustainable Southern Oregon arts community.
During the April meeting, we came up with an outline and general timeline through 2016 for creating a campaign for the arts. The outline includes plans to hire a grant writer, acquire grant funding, and create an effective arts marketing campaign with a slogan and map. We will continue to strategize as well as to network and grow our blossoming and ever more connected visual arts community during the June meeting.
 
Again, Joyce Abrams and the Southern Oregon Guild will be hosting the June 23rd meeting. If you need directions, please contact her. Here is a message from Joyce:
 
Hi Brooke,
 
Please let Arts Alliance members know that we are looking forward to hosting the June Art Alliance meeting at the Southern Oregon Guild’s Gallery & Art Center in Kerby. 
 
Jerry and Sharon Work will be presenting their inspiring findings about how another region collaborated to become a regional arts mecca.
“The starting point of working to increase business for artists and artisans is to become part of a robust regional economic development strategy designed to bring potential buyers to your work,” says Jerry. “My wife and I traveled to the Appalachian region around Asheville, NC, a couple of years ago to see what we could learn about how they had used their arts and crafts tradition so successfully as an economic development lever there.  When we returned, we distilled what we learned into a presentation we called “Lessons from Appalachia” ” They will share what they learned at the meeting. What they learned can be a great help as we develop a regional strategy here.
 
In addition to the Work’s presentation, Art Alliance members can enjoy the Guild’s new summer show, “Wild Blue Yonder”, which will open on June 8. And, for those who can take the time to enjoy the Illinois Valley’s offerings, there are several excellent wineries (esp. Foris, Bridgeview & Deer Creek) and restaurants (esp. Taylor’s Country Store and Carlos Seafood & Mexican Restaurate). Additional art venues near the Guild Gallery in Kerby are Hampton’s Rock Shop, It’s a Burl, Yanase Jewelers, Jerry’s Dove Tail Joint, and Seasons ‘n Time. 
 
If anyone wants to venture up to the Oregon Caves, there is a very good restaurant at the Chateau for evening and a 50′s period coffee shop as well.
 
Again, we are looking forward to seeing you all in June.
 
Joyce Abrams, President
Southern Oregon Guild
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Thank you for being part of the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon- all are welcome! Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who may be interested. Let’s carpool to the June meeting and have a great representation from throughout Southern Oregon.
 
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It is an honor to be part of this exciting collaboration! See you June 23rd!
 
Brooke
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Victory for 501(c)(4) Organizations

The Independent Sector, a nonpartisan leadership network for non-profits and corporations, organized a letter to urge the Ways and Means House Committee to make three expired “tax extenders” permanent. The Americans for the Arts Action Fund signed the letter.

Tucson City Manager Reduces Proposed Cuts to Arts Spending

On Wednesday, April 23rd, TPAC’s Operations Manager, Debi Chess Mabie, delivered a petition to Mayor and Council that asked the City Manager to reconsider his proposed cuts to arts funding.