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Arts Action Fund in the Room as Trump Registers for NH Primary

The real estate mogul and Republican Presidential front runner has not yet made clear his position on the arts.

Tweet the Arts During the Upcoming Debates!

We need your help to get the attention of the moderators of next week’s Republican and Democratic debates, as well as the attention of the candidates!

Editorial: New Hampshire State Representatives Tout Economic Impact of the Arts

Reps. David Danielson (R-Bedford) and Ken Gidge (D-Nashua) are co-chairs of the bipartisan commission to study the economic impact of the arts and culture in New Hampshire.

Call to Artists for Angel Art

Herald Angel (detail), by Judy Elliott, shown in the December 2014 Angels show at Goodbean Cafe, Jacksonville, Oregon

Herald Angel (detail), by Judy Elliott

Now in its third year, the annual Angels show at the GoodBean Cafe has become an anticipated event in Jacksonville! We call to artists for angel art to consider for this year’s holiday exhibition.  We would like to see new angels, but we also welcome prior year’s artists to return if their exhibition schedules allow.

"Angels" December 2013 group art exhibit at GoodBean Coffee in Jacksonville, Oregon

“Angels” December 2013

Generally each section of brick wall can hold 5 16 x 20 pieces, but you are not limited to any specific size, medium or style. Though they are welcome, we are not specifically asking for traditional or religious angels, but for artist’s INTERPRETATIONS of angels. We only ask that the angels you submit are suitable for the family nature of the season.

3D art may be a challenge to display due to the shortage of available horizontal surfaces in the shop, so please only submit 3D works which can be set on a bookshelf or hung on the wall.
Artists can submit as few as one piece, but if you have more that suit our theme, we’ll be happy to consider all of them. Don’t have any angels but do have other Christmas-themed pieces? Send images of your Christmas art and we’ll take those into consideration, too!

Please submit images of your angel art to Hannah at [email protected] and provide her with your phone number and the dimensions of the piece(s) at your earliest opportunity. If you plan to paint and angel for the show, please notify us so we can save space for your piece.

"Angels" December 2013 group art exhibit at GoodBean Coffee in Jacksonville, Oregon

“Angels” December 2013 group art exhibit at GoodBean Coffee in Jacksonville, Oregon

We will hang the show on Monday, November 30 at 4pm and Angels will remain on display through Thursday, December 31 at 3pm. This is when artists should be prepared to come collect their works, and hopefully the money for sales as well. If the show’s timeframes present difficulties to any artist who would otherwise like to participate, Hannah will do her best to make special arrangements to accommodate your schedule.

In our previous two years there has been a reception for this show, and though we do not have a date set just yet, we will soon as the deadline for the art event calendar announcement is November 10. Please stay in touch!

The GoodBean features art and artists with no intent of making a profit, preferring instead to share the work of local artists with their clientele at no cost to the artists.  This is a wonderful opportunity for emerging artists and those who have recently moved to our area to gain local exposure. We are happy to report that there were quite a few sales at last year’s show, and including a few with significant price tags and a big one that sold shortly after the show ended!

"Angels" December 2014 group art exhibit at GoodBean Coffee in Jacksonville, Oregon

“Angels” December 2014 group art exhibit at GoodBean Coffee in Jacksonville, Oregon

This artist’s call is being emailed to SOAR listed artists and last year’s participating artists, and we will also post it at Art Matters!, the companion blog to the Southern Oregon Artists Resource. Do feel free to forward this call to artist friends who might have an angel painting they would like to show.

There is no entry fee to participate in the Angels show. Artists who make a sale will not be charged a percentage by the cafe, but are invited to donate a percentage to volunteer curator Hannah West at their own discretion. If one of your pieces sells, we ask that it remain for the duration of the show or that you replace it with another appropriately themed work.

Management requires artists to sign a liability release and to submit a disposition summary with the details and price of your painting(s). We will need those documents prior to hanging your work, so please have them with you when you bring your painting(s) to hang. Download a blank release form below or email soar@soartists to request one.

GoodBean employees do not handle art transactions, but refer all inquiries to Hannah West, who then follows through with providing information and/or completing sales transactions.

We’re looking forward to seeing your angels!

Herald Angel, by Katharine Gracey, shown in the December 2013 Angels show at Goodbean Cafe, Jacksonville, Oregon

Herald Angel, by Katharine Gracey

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OAC Announces Strategic Plan for the Arts

Members of Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre perform to open the 2015 Oregon Arts Summit in Ashland. Photo by Jenny Graham.

Feedback positive on Oregon Arts Summit

How to engage and include diverse audiences was a key focus at the “Creative Exchange” 2015 Oregon Arts Summit in Ashland Oct. 1-3, where close to 200 artists, arts leaders and volunteers convened with the Oregon Arts Commission. Sessions also focused on tourism, fund raising and education, with a surprise closing keynote appearance by Ben Cameron.

Attendees at the 2015 Oregon Arts Summit, held at Ashland Hills Hotel, break down the role of art education during a session of educational programming. Photo by Jenny Graham.


Cameron’s appearance was called a major highlight by several attendees in the Arts Summit’s online survey. Other comments: “A new standard was set for the Summit!” “The topics were both relevant to Oregon and tied to national initiatives.” “The flow of the creative exchange went smoothly and the energy level among participants stayed strong and lively.” “Enjoyed the energy, commitment and inspiration of many of the speakers – thanks for setting that tone.”
The 2016 Arts Summit will be held in Corvallis in early October, date to be announced soon.
Here’s a Summit recap courtesy of the Salem Statesman Journal.

OAC Announces Strategic Plan for the Arts

One year ago, the Arts Commission was completing a series of statewide town meetings to gather information for the strategic planning process. After several months of work by staff and an ad hoc Commission committee, the plan was approved by the full Arts Commission the end of June. The plan was shared at the Arts Summit and is now available online.
The plan uses two interconnecting lenses for action: 1) diversity, equity and inclusion; and 2) sustaining, measuring and responding. Each goal, objective and action is viewed through those lenses.

Grant news: 

18 artists receive Career Opportunity Grants

Sheiks Two by Michael Kaster, a recent Career Opportunity Grant recipient.
Vanessa Renwick will drive 8,600 miles to participate in a 33-stop U.S. tour of her films. Jana Meszaros designed a mixed-abilities dance piece with choreographer Alito Alessi for a Nov. 11 DanceAbility International open house. Michael Kaster is participating in The Land Mark Show at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

The first of three rounds of 2016 Career Opportunity Grants, announced this week, awards $54,649 from the Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation to 18 Oregon artists for career development projects. The awards include $25,649 from the Oregon Arts Commission and $29,000 in supplemental funding for six artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation. Individual grants range from $641 to $7,500.

Read the full release.
Time to register for Poetry Out Loud  
Oregon high schools are invited to participate in the 2016 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, a free program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance while mastering public presentation skills, building self-confidence and learning about literary heritage.
Participating teachers receive free multimedia curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, audio guide, teachers’ guide, posters and comprehensive website all aligned to national standards – augmenting their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a classroom-level competition. School-level recitation champions compete to advance to the regional, state and then national levels.
Summit Celebration

Oregon Arts Commissioners gather for a celebratory photo with 2015 Oregon Arts Summit keynote speakers Ben Cameron and Roberto Bedoya and Executive Director Brian Rogers. Pictured (clockwise, starting at left) are: Anne Taylor, La Grande; Avantika Bawa, Portland; Cameron; Josie Mendoza, Lake Oswego; Rogers; Alyssa Macy, Warm Springs; Vice Chair Libby Tower; Bedoya; Christopher Acebo, Ashland; and Chair Julie Vigeland, Portland. Not pictured are Michael Dalton, Corvallis and Newport, and Larry Fong, Portland.

Upcoming grant deadline
Applications for the second of three rounds of FY2016 Career Opportunity Grants are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Using the Arts to Create a Healthy Community

The New Community Visions Initiative is looking to explore the potential role of local arts in communities across the country.

Arts Action Fund Member Delivers Advocacy Materials to Ben Carson’s Campaign Office

Arts Action Fund member speaks with Ben Carson for President campaign staff members about the importance of the arts.

Street Art: The New Public Art

Street art: Is it vandalism or creative expression?

Tweet the Arts During the Republican Debate

We need YOUR help to get the attention of the moderators of next week’s Republican debates, as well as the attention of the candidates!

Arts Action Fund Member Delivers Advocacy Material to Lindsey Graham’s Campaign Office

Sarah Stewart goes straight to the source to advance the arts during the NH primary season.