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The Hill: ‘An investment in the arts is an investment in economic growth’

An argument for funding the arts and arts education from Arts Action Fund member, Camellia Termini.

Countdown to Arts Advocacy Day, Part 2

Featuring Arts Advocacy Days in Maryland and Kentucky.

Four Lessons about Partnership from Other Social Causes

What can we learn from advocates outside of the arts?

Countdown to Arts Advocacy Day, Part 1

Featuring advocacy events with the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education and The South Carolina Arts Alliance.

President Obama Proposes Funding Increases for Cultural Agencies and Institutions

President Obama released the Administration’s FY 2016 budget request to Congress today.

Arts Summit in Southern Oregon and more from the Oregon Arts Commission

Plan now for Arts Summit in Southern Oregon

As previously announced, the 2015 Arts Summit will take place in Southern Oregon. Now scheduled in Ashland on Friday, Oct. 2, the summit will be held at the newly renovated Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites. The agenda will address both statewide and regional topics.


Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites
One of the largest hotel and conference spaces in Southern Oregon, the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites – formerly the Windmill Inn – reopened last fall. A limited number of rooms is available at a special $109 rate; to reserve call 541-482-8310 or toll-free 855-482-8310 and request the special group rate for the Oregon Arts Commission Arts Summit.

Details on the summit content and schedule will be shared as it is developed.


34 Oregon groups receive $200,000 in ABC grants

Art as a medium to rally community around a shared need is reflected in 34 Oregon projects awarded a total of $200,000 in 2015 Arts Build Communities grants.


Vacant downtown storefronts become celebrations of community in Corvallis; youth fulfill treatment requirements by sharing their stories through pictures or performance in Clackamas County; and in Enterprise, Fishtrap inspires 1,700 people to read Luis Alberto Urrea’s “Into the Beautiful North” before engaging in discussions, events and activities that explore Latino issues.


Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through a funding partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


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A participant in Youth Arts for Change, a program of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, learns how to make an original screen print.


Building Public Will research set for unveiling  

Oregon is one of four pilot sites for a national research project, Building Public Will, designed to explore opportunities for arts and culture to be sustainable, accessible and celebrated parts of our lives.


The research included a national survey with over-sampling in Oregon, as well as focus groups and executive interviews. It examined the core underlying values that people associate with arts and culture as well as the best ways to communicate those values.


A briefing to share findings and garner feedback will be held from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Sondland Durant Trustee Room at the Portland Art Museum. Seating is limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Rob Sassor at [email protected] if you plan to attend. To join by phone, dial 877-868-6863 and enter passcode 905297#.


The project is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, Meyer Memorial Trust, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Oregon Arts Commission.


The other pilot sites are Michigan, Minnesota and San Jose, Calif.


Brown bag to address project evaluation 

Join the Arts Commission’s Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator, and Brian Wagner, community development coordinator, for a free brown-bag event exploring arts and culture project evaluation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, at University of Oregon’s White Stag building, located at 70 NW Couch in Portland.


Hosted by the Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN) and presented by the U of O Arts and Administration Program, the event will include a panel presentation about three statewide evaluation and learning projects currently under way followed by a facilitated discussion. One of the programs to be discussed is the Arts Commission’s Connecting Students to the World of Work initiative.


Webinar scheduled for Arts Learning Grants 

Interested in Arts Learning Grants but have some questions? An informational webinar for non-profit arts organizations interested in learning more about the program is set for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19. Learn about eligibility requirements, qualities of a strong proposal and the new final report questions.

Register for the free one-hour webinar here.


The deadline for Arts Learning grant applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.

My Voice Music, a 2015 Arts Learning Grant recipient.


Grant news: Upcoming deadlines

Deadlines are coming up soon for Arts Recognition and Career Opportunity grants. Arts Recognition Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Career Opportunity Grant applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31.


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Help Prevent A Setback To Arts Education

I want to alert you to some radical changes being proposed by top Congressional leaders in the majority that could have a terrible impact on arts education.

New Ideas for the New Year From LightGarden Glass Art!

1086 Washburn                            January 2015
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm                 Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.


We have a free new resource for you!


Check out LightGarden’s Page on Pinterest!

Click here!

Pinterest makes it easy to share pictures and ideas for hundreds of new projects!  There are also free patterns that can be used for stained, fused or mosaic art as well as free instructional videos! 
New ideas added every week! 
Click and follow us now to find your next project, and keep inspired throughout the year!

 Flowers of Hope Fusing Workshop

Even if you’ve never done any glass fusing before you can make an 8″ x 8″ fused panel to donate to Flowers of Hope.
$10 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and noodles, hanging hardware and firing. Come in and try your hand at fusing and find out how easy and fun it can be. You’ll also be doing a wonderful thing for a woman going through a tough time.

TRY FUSING!  Workshop

The same class only you get to keep it!  Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!    $15
February 7                   10-12
March  14                    10-12
April 11                        10-12

 Painting with Frit

January 17
Lunch (by Peruvian Point)
 (two spaces left!)
Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and confetti to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.

Find out how easy it is to develop your sketches from photos and other inspiration. These panels can be a great reference guide for future projects.
All frit, confetti, stringers, glass and lunch are included.

Glass Fusing Basics or equivalent is required.

 Glass Fusing: Basics 

January 24 & 31

Learn one of the fastest growing mediums in glass! In this two week class you’ll complete a 4″ tile and a small fused & slumped plate. Covers firing programs, prepping kiln shelves and ware and much more!

All supplies are included.


 Fused Glass Switch Plates

February 7

Learn how easy it is to make these very cool fused glass switch plates. All the instructions, materials and firing are included in the $20 fee.  A small amount of 96 glass is required.      

Basic fusing or equivalent is required.     


 Fused Glass: Dichroic Jewelry

February 21

Grab attention with beautiful dichroic glass jewelry you make yourself! Cabochons for necklaces or earrings; they all will dazzle your friends!

Learn to cut them so they come out perfect every time. Compatible glass and lots of dichroic glass is included.

  Make several pieces for $55

Is there a class listed on our website that you would like to take that isn’t scheduled yet?  Send me an email and let me know.  That’s how I know when to schedule our classes.  If you have 5-6 people we can schedule private here to check out our classes

Need a Kiln?  Rent one of ours!

Bring in your fused work and we will fire it for you!

Projects small enough to fit on a 7″ shelf:              $   5.00

One or more projects on a 13″ round shelf:                8.00

Fuse + Slump on 13″ shelf:                                         12.00

Projects on a 20″ shelf:                                                11.00

Fused + Slump on a 20″ shelf:                                    14.00

Long Bubble Squeeze  add                                            3.00

 Morning Workshops:

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.