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Senators Request Support for the Arts and Humanities in Letter to President Trump

A bipartisan group of 24 U.S. Senators have signed on in support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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March news From Oregon Arts Commission

March 2017 News From Oregon Arts Commission

The Eugene Symphony performs at Cuthbert Amphitheatre. The Eugene Symphony received a $15,000 NEA direct grant in 2016 to support its “Ode to the Future” young composers’ project.

Arts Commission issues statement on national arts funding

Many arts supporters have reached out to inquire about the importance of national funding to the arts in Oregon. We’d like to take this opportunity to share information on how national and state funding partner to support arts organizations and artists across the state.
We know that funding of arts and culture in Oregon is comprised of many sources of revenue including public, private, individual and corporate giving. It’s safe to say, however, that without public support many arts organizations would be in jeopardy.
The National Endowment for the Arts allocates 40 percent ($41.2 million) of its annual appropriation to funding the nation’s state arts agencies. Combined, NEA and state arts agency grants reached all 435 Congressional districts. In fiscal year 2016 our Arts Commission received $727,700 in NEA Partnership funding to support grants and services. Combined with our state funding it allowed the Arts Commission to award 267 grants totaling more than $2.1 million. In addition, the NEA made 32 direct grants to Oregon arts organizations and projects totaling $795,000, bringing the total for NEA funding in Oregon to $1,522,700 for fiscal year 2016.

DataArts launches for Operating Support applications 

 
Photo courtesy of Youth Music Project, a FY2016 Operating Support grant recipient.
All arts organizations applying for FY2018 Operating Support grants, including Arts Services applicants, are required to complete a customized ‘Funder Report’ via DataArts at http://culturaldata.org/.
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The DataArts Funder Report replaces most of the financial and non-financial data traditionally collected in the Operating Support application and Final Report.
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Organizations must enter information from their most recently completed fiscal year into a DataArts Cultural Data Profile in order to generate a Funder Report, which must be saved as a PDF and attached to the Operating Support application. Applications will not be considered complete without a Funder Report. The information is required annually for both the Full and Interim Application.

Read more.

Jenny Green of Bend named Arts Commissioner

Jenny Green, a gallerist and art historian from Bend, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. Kate Brown.
Green is the owner of Jenny Green Gallery in Bend, a pop up contemporary art gallery exhibiting in Bend, throughout the United States and, soon, in Venice, Italy. She has worked in arts and education for 22 years and is a former adjunct professor of art history at Central Oregon Community College.
“I believe deeply in the power of art and its ability to enhance the quality of life not only for artists but for the communities in which they work,” said Green. “The Oregon Arts Commission strengthens our statewide community through the arts and I want to support this important work.”
Jenny Green
“Jenny is a wonderful addition to our Commission and we look forward to working with her to enhance and encourage the arts across the state,” says Executive Director Brian Rogers.

Howard Fonda exhibits in Governor’s Office

Untitled, 2015, oil and colored pencil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches.

Courtesy of the artist.

Portland artist Howard Fonda exhibits a selection of works he calls “Les premiers seront les derniers*” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through March 9.
Fonda’s works, which often feature human, animal and other natural forms against colorful and loosely patterned dabs of bright colors and undulating lines, are both playful and serious, safe and perilous. He describes painting as “an articulate means of exposing a range of emotion, both rational and irrational.
An exhibit in the Governor’s office is considered a “once in a lifetime” honor.
 
 
  *The first will be the last.
Spring Jewels by Anji Grainger, one of the works on Beaverton’s Creative Containers.

Grant spotlight

‘Creator Containers’ beautify Beaverton

More than 40 city-owned trash receptacles in Beaverton have received a makeover. The Creator Container Project, a part of the Beaverton Arts Program’s Art in Public Spaces initiative, aims to add an artistic element to the city’s existing infrastructure while supporting both established and emerging artists.
Supported by the Arts Build Communities program, the original plan was to place 10 vinyl-art-wrap installations on existing infrastructures throughout the city. The project became so popular that ultimately 44 wraps were developed by students as well as amateur and professional artists.
(Right) Farmland Quilt by Cate Wilcox.
(From left) Libby Unthank Tower, Erin Graham, Candace Kita and Brian Rogers in front of the Supreme Court building.
 

WESTAF delegation visits Capitol Hill 

 
Brian Rogers, left, with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden
Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower and Executive Director Brian Rogers joined Western States Arts Federation Board Chair Erin Graham and Candace Kita, a WESTAF emerging leader of color, for WESTAF’s annual advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.
The group met with every member of Oregon’s Congressional delegation or their staff to share stories of arts impact in their districts.
The meetings provided an opportunity to relay information about the importance of government funding for the arts and the important impact of NEA funding in our state.

Upcoming application deadlines

Operating Support (Including Arts Services): March 1
Career Opportunity Grants: April 5
Arts Learning Grants: June 1

Take Action: Arts Advocacy Needed

cac logo online cultural advocacy coalition

Last week I sent an email about the state’s daunting $1.8 billion shortfall. Arts Advocacy Needed – This week we have an opportunity to do something about it. Please consider attending a public hearing near you and tell budget-writers to protect arts and culture when they work to balance the budget.

The legislature’s Ways and Means Committee is taking a road trip and traveling across Oregon to invite public comment on possible budget cuts and spending priorities. Concerned Oregonians will be there to speak up for senior services, public safety, education and roads. Will you stand for the arts?

We know that targeted cuts or attempts to tap the Oregon Cultural Trust would deteriorate public funding for arts and culture in Oregon to levels which could cause lasting harm to the state’s cultural economy.

Given the budget crisis and the risk that arts, humanities and public broadcasting may face at the federal level, we must do all we can to protect current funding for arts and culture here in Oregon.

Please consider voicing your support at one of the following meetings:

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:
Oregon State Capitol
Hearing Room F
900 Court Street NE
SALEM

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at:
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Amo DeBernardis College Center
12000 SW 49th Ave.
PORTLAND

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:
Hermiston High School
Main Commons
600 S 1st Street
HERMISTON

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at:
Madras Performing Arts Center
412 SE Bluff Street
MADRAS

**Friday, February 24, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:
Southern Oregon University
Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
ASHLAND

Saturday, February 25, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at:
Lane Community College
Forum (Building 17), Rooms 308-309
4000 E 30th Ave.
EUGENE

Friday, March 3, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at:
Port of Tillamook Bay
Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officers Row
TILLAMOOK

Will you help protect public funding for arts, heritage and the humanities in Oregon? Let’s work together to protect the values that connect us, move us forward and enrich our lives. Your voice matters! Legislators are asking to hear from you. Thank you for all you do to support and strengthen creativity and culture in Oregon, and for using this opportunity to tell budget writers we must protect funding for arts and culture in Oregon.

Additional Resources:

  • Big picture on arts and culture in Oregon? Take a look at this.
  • Current arts & culture funding in Oregon? Here you go!
  • Who received arts grants in your community? And how much was the grant? Check here.
  • Have a specific question? Let us know!

Best,
Christine Drazan
Executive Director
Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Uncertainty and Opportunity – Oregon Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Friends,
Oregon’s legislative session is officially underway.

Budget-writers estimate that the state is $1.8 billion short of the money it needs to fund everything that state government currently pays for.

The governor’s budget has already proposed reducing funding for the Oregon Arts Commission, and while that is a tough place to start budget negotiations from, we are working with legislators to protect full funding for our arts and culture agencies, in this daunting budget environment.

But, it won’t be easy. A budget gap of $1.8 billion will put pressure on interests across the political spectrum. Arts and culture budgets may be at risk, not because legislators are against us–but because the budget must balance. Without bi-partisan support for new revenues, it could be a tough session for existing programs and a tougher session for new spending.

Some of the threats on the horizon are visible from here, but some will surprise us. Which is why building a strong coalition now is so important. In the face of uncertainty at the state and federal level, we need your help.

Will you help us meet the challenges ahead? Will you join now with a membership donation?

This time of uncertainty is rich with opportunity. The fight, if there must be one, is still ahead. Will you help us use this time to plan, to prepare, to lay the groundwork for success, and work together to protect the values that connect us, move us forward and enrich our lives?

Your annual membership gift, or monthly giving in any amount, ensures that advocacy in Oregon is coordinated with advocates across the nation for greater impact at the state and federal levels.

Will you help today?

  • Join or renew your membership in the Cultural Advocacy Coalition.
  • Register to attend Advocacy Day 2017 in our State Capitol.
  • Send your member of Congress an email opposing potential cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  • Sign up for federal updates through the Arts Action Fund E-Advocacy Alerts.

For all you do to support and strengthen creativity and culture in Oregon, and for the positive difference you are making by engaging in the advocacy work before us—thank you.

My best,

Christine Drazan
Executive Director

Bob Lynch Reacts to Possible Elimination of NEA, NEH, and Big Bird Funding

Arts leaders react to possible Trump call for eliminating cultural programs: Not this again

Trump Transition Team to Eliminate the NEA

On the eve of Donald Trump’s Inauguration, The Hill newspaper reported that Trump Transition Team staff intend to recommend that the President eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Trump Transition Team to Eliminate the NEA

On the eve of Donald Trump’s Inauguration, The Hill newspaper reported that Trump Transition Team staff intend to recommend that the President eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Contribute to the 2016 Year End Campaign!

Let’s hit the ground running in 2017 as a unified voice for the arts.

Contribute to the 2016 Year End Campaign!

Let’s hit the ground running in 2017 as a unified voice for the arts.