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Posted on: Jul 7, 2015

                                 
What would you say if you had the chance to tell the next President of the United States how much the arts matter to you?

That’s what the goal is of our ArtsVote2016 national campaign. We’re creating opportunities for your voice to be heard over the noise of the presidential elections, especially in pivotal early primary states like New Hampshire and Iowa.

But we can’t do this without your help.

With your support, you can help us to:

  • Train 200+ arts advocates in each of the early primary states to attend town hall meetings and meet-and-greets with presidential candidates.
  • Retain a political/media strategist who will open doors to meet candidates in order to discuss how the arts are valued and supported in every state they visit, starting in Iowa and New Hampshire.
  • Create customized Questions to Ask every candidate as well as arts background papers about each candidate.
  • Draft unique arts profiles about New Hampshire and Iowa in order to share with candidates so they understand that voters in these early primary states value the arts.
  • Expand our www.ArtsActionFund.org website so that we can provide these new robust resources to candidates and advocates.

Our goal is to raise $250,000 for the 2016 election cycle by encouraging Arts Action Fund members to contribute $20.16 to the Arts Action Fund. Reactive your membership now, and your contribution will provide the support we need to continue the critical work we are doing for ArtsVote2016.

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Thank you for playing your part,

Nina Ozlu Tunceli

Executive Director, Arts Action Fund

 

P.S. Check out the advice on the arts that Arts Action Fund members are giving to presidential candidates. Send us yours on Twitter using the hashtag #ArtsVote2016!

Emergency Art Supplies Sale

Jillian Crider has been a loved and respected member of the southern Oregon art community for many years. For the past year, she was a full-time caregiver for her husband John, who had heart issues and later was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. John passed away last Sunday, and late last night we received an email from Jillian telling us that she urgently needs to move back to her native Australia. To pull that off, she will need to sell her art supplies quickly. She has a LOT of art things to get rid of, and is willing to let them go for discount prices.

 “I need to make room for the rest of my life, whatever it may bring.” Jillian says…Let’s give her a hand!!

Among the items Jillian has to move along are:

  • books
  • canvases
  • “odd” supplies
  • many custom frames that are used but can be spruced up–some she paid hundreds of dollars for
  • plein air easel WITH umbrella – virtually unused
  • Ceramic pallette
  • Print Gocco printing equipment and inks, and printer, too
  • Screenprinting inks
  • ornate gold frames, totally unused

If you’ve been in love with any of Jillian’s work but haven’t gotten to the point of purchasing it, you might want to get a move on. This would be a great time to buy her artwork before she gets on the plane to halfway around the world!

Please contact Jillian at [email protected] to set up a time to meet with her and give her a much needed helping hand while adding to your art supplies at bargain prices.

 

Congress Considers Level Funding for NEA

It’s been a fast-paced appropriations season so far! On June 16, the U.S. Senate approved legislation (for the first time in six years!) in subcommittee to level fund the National Endowment for the Arts.The U.S. House also kept its pace for rapid consideration, approving its NEA funding bill in full committee today as well. Tomorrow, the bill that funds the federal museum agency and arts education is on tap for consideration (first time in three years!) in another House subcommittee. And on Thursday, the Senate returns to consider its bill to fund the NEA in full committee.Despite the substantial effort in Congress to advance bills in a timely way, the Administration last night issued a veto threat to the bill because of its numerous policy riders, thwarting any expected advancement.

What you need to know

Last week, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bill providing sustained funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. All the cultural institutions, like the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution, also were proposed at level funding.

June 16, the full committee reported out this legislation on a 30-21 vote, enabling it to next be considered on the House floor.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) offering amendment to increase funding for NEA by $2 million to full committee
Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) offers amendment to increase funding for NEA by $2 million to full committee

During full committee consideration, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) offered an amendment to boost funding for both the NEA and the NEH to the President’s request. This is roughly a $2 million increase to $148 million. Although his amendment did not receive a vote, Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), David Price (D-NC), and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) all spoke favorably on his amendment. Rep. Pingree noted the work of the Maine Humanities Council in her district; Rep. Israel spoke about Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, a publication of the NEA. A writer himself, Rep. Israel shared his interest to scale up healing arts therapy work with veterans going forward and in more areas across the country. Rep. Price shared with his colleagues another publication, the Heart of the Matter, tucking it in also as recommended reading. Rep. Price also shared with all appropriators that NEA and NEH are funded well below their historical levels. He compared funds to 1992 and said with just inflation, we’d be investing nearly double had we just retained those levels. You can watch the June 16 proceedings at this webcast link, in which Rep. Israel’s amendment can be found at the 2:57 timestamp.

The Senate subcommittee also considered their version on June 16. Both NEA and NEH are also proposed for level funding. The subcommittee’s statement can be found here. The full committee considered the bill June 16.

What’s next

House floor votes could occur as soon as the last week in June, prior to the 4th of July congressional recess. As the process moves forward, the NEA and other cultural agencies may be prime targets for proposed cuts, if history is any lesson. We will keep you posted on any harmful amendments as the bills head toward the House or Senate floor.

Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, you can play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today—it’s free and easy to join.

Thank you for your support of the arts!


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Editor’s Note: Yesterday we sent a message to Oregon House Representative Greg Walden via an ArtsUSA petition. It began with the petition text written by ArtsUSA advocates, but we wanted to add more. We hope you will also send your own message to our representatives about why level or increased funding for NEA programs—which fund Oregon state arts programs—before Congress votes on the proposed budget next week. Feel free to copy ours (below) if it resonates with you. We received a message back from Rep. Walden this morning indicating that he will keep our priorities in mind throughout the budget and appropriations process, but if he needs to hear from more of us. In his words, “At the end of the day, it’s your money that we’re talking about—you ought to have a say in how it’s being spent.” If hears from many, many more of us, we may actually get a $2 million increase in funding as proposed by Rep. Steve Israel of New York last week, but you need to know that continued efforts to cut funding to the National Endowment completely are still threatening this agency so vital to arts funding across the country and in our own home state.
“As your constituent, I urge you to increase or support a budget of $146 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the FY 2016 Interior Appropriations bill to preserve citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts and to advance creativity and innovation here at home.

The arts mean jobs for our district! The nonprofit arts industry generates $135.2 billion annually in economic activity, supports 4.13 million full-time equivalent jobs in the arts and related industries, and returns $9.59 billion in federal income taxes.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the NEA announced the latest figures on the arts and cultural sector’s contributions to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), proving that the arts are a significant part of the GDP. Arts and culture activity produced $698.7 billion in goods and services annually or 4.32% of GDP – more than both the construction or transportation sectors.

Grants through the NEA are widely distributed to strengthen arts infrastructures and to ensure broad access to the arts. The NEA makes grants in every congressional district. Furthermore, the NEA distributes 40 percent of its program dollars to state arts agencies, on the condition that each state devotes its own appropriated funds as well. In partnership with the NEA, state arts agencies have awarded 22,000 grants to more than 18,300 organizations, schools, and artists in nearly 4,800 communities across the United States.

With funding for the arts having been cut from most of our schools, I am very concerned that our children are not getting enough exposure to the arts to help them achieve their goals and become productive member of society. I heard a parent recently tell me that her son, who is studying a pre-med curriculum in high school, was having trouble getting decent grades in biology classes because he couldn’t draw an accurate line drawing of an anatomical feature! That’s of grave concern, and this example makes a case for supporting availability and access to the arts outside of the school system. The NEA improves access to the arts, supports artistic excellence and fosters lifelong learning through grants, partnerships, research and national initiatives. The current level funding of $146 million amounts to just 45 cents per capita, as compared to 70 cents per capita in 1992. I am counting on you as my Representative to support at least level funding of $146 million for the NEA.

On a side note, I urge you to support the NEA’s STEAM educational model for our schools. This would add steam to the STEM program and improve student’s ability to learn, retain, and effectively apply information in a broad range of subjects by incorporating the arts into the curriculum. A society that does not value the arts beyond pretty pictures on the walls is NOT a world I want to live in! Numerous studies have proven that including the arts in education does far more than teach kids how to draw or paint or play the piano, but results in important enhancements to executive function and neurological development during a child’s formative and educational years, not to mention creative/collaborative problem solving (and oh do we need more people with those abilities active in our society!), and the fact that high school students with four years of art classes average 100 points higher on their SAT scores than those whose studies included one semester or less of art. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the many ways art can contribute tangibly to our lives. We should respect the truth these studies have discovered and give our kids every opportunity possible to excel in school and in their professional lives after school by reintroducing funding for the arts in education. It is deeply troubling, embarrassing and a poor reflection on the priorities of our society that they were ever cut to begin with.

Approving level funding for the NEA right now is a healthy start. Please commit to continuing funding for the NEA right now, and make it a part of your fight for preserving the quality of life in our country and our ability to complete on the global stage with creative innovations and solutions that only come when kids learn how to think creatively and effectively express their ideas by increasing the NEA’s funding from flat to being up-to-date with the increases in inflation and on par with historical levels at a minimum, and restoring funding for the arts in our schools.”

Education Bill Moves Out of Senate Committee

The bill will now be considered by the full Senate

2015 Arts Action Fund Policies Approved!

Our membership has approved our platform for 2015!

Sign the National Petition to Keep the Arts Alive in Education Reform

Help us protect the arts in education!

Easter Sale at LightGarden Glass Art!

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

 
 Easter Sale!
 
Our Easter Sale is back!
Fill up your shopping basket, then draw your lucky egg from our Easter Basket and check for your discount!
Everything is on sale!
(with a few exceptions)
 
This year I’m adding a plus 5% on Dichroic Glass!
New shipment just in!!
 
If you draw a 15% discount egg your discount will be +5% on your dichroic.
Three Days!
Thursday, Friday  10-5      Sat. 10-1pm
April 2nd, 3rd & 4th
 
 

 
  Making a House a Home
 
 
Many of you have been following our kitchen renovation.
Here is the fused glass tile installed over the stove in our backsplash.  Integrating multiple sizes and formats of tiles, frames the art and helps to separate it from the background. I also fused corner tiles, pulling some of the elements from the ceramic tile, and using a little dichroic to add even more visual appeal.

 
 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 scrap glass, 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.
OR
TRY FUSING!  Workshop
The same class only you get to keep it!  Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!    $15
April 11                        10-12
May 9                           10-12
June 13                        10-12

      
Painting with Frit
April 18  
10-12n
Lunch by Peruvian Point
1-3pm
Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and confetti to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.
You will make 3 panels in 4 hours, starting with an easy project stepping you gradually up adding techniques along the way.

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.
$125
ONLY TWO SPACES LEFT!
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 parties.click 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.