Oregon Arts Commission News
Harney County symposium connects arts to economics
|A design concept for the Harney County Performing Arts & Education Center.||Arts supporters, community leaders and educators will gather in Burns May 19 and 20 for the Southeast Oregon Symposium on Arts and Economic Development. |
Presented by the Harney County Arts in Education Foundation in partnership with the Harney County Chamber of Commerce, the two- day symposium will be facilitated by Brian Wagner, Arts Commission community development coordinator.
Featured speakers will share experiences using the arts as an economic development tool in rural communities. The event will coincide with an annual evening of celebrating the arts. The symposium’s overarching theme will be the proposed Performing Arts & Education Center and its economic and artistic impact on Harney County.
NEA seeks arts stories for 50th celebration
|As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the National Endowment for the Arts is collecting stories of how the arts have influenced Americans’ lives. Stories can include how the arts are part of your day, how the arts have inspired you to do something unique, how they have made a difference among you and your family, as well as in the communities and neighborhoods in which you live. If there is a specific NEA grant that has had an impact on you and your community, they want to hear about it! |
Learn more and submit your stories.
Concert to showcase student sound engineers
|A group of Portland Public School students participating in a Young Audiences of Oregon & Southwest Washington Live Sound Engineering for Teens (Live SET) project will mix sound for three Portland musicians/groups performing from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at Mississippi Studios (3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland). |
The Live SET project is funded by a Connecting Students to the World of Work grant to expose underserved students to creative industries.
Learn more and RSVP.
Visual arts supporters to gather in Astoria
The current conditions, needs and aspirations of artists, patrons and the creative economies of Clatsop County will be the focus of an in-depth community conversation hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, atClatsop Community College in Astoria.
Held in collaboration with The Ford Family Foundation, the Arts Council of Clatsop County and Astoria Visual Arts (AVA), Mechanisms to Support Visual Artists will identify resources, activities and commitment required to better support artists within the county and how to engage the private, government and non-profit sectors to provide resources to individual artists.
|Darren Orange, Untitled, oil on panel, 18×24 2015. Image courtesy of the artist, who will participate in the May 6 arts ecology conversation in Astoria.|
Lead participants will help seed the discussion, including Mary Bess Gloria of the Cannon Beach Arts Association; Charlene Larsen, co-chair, Clatsop County Cultural Coalition; Kevin Leahy, Clatsop Economic Development Resources and CCC Small Business Development Center and Darren Orange, artist and Chair of A.I.R. Program-Astoria Visual Arts.
Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected]
Read the full release.
23 artists receive $50,051 in Career Opportunity Grants
|A work from grant recipient Laura Hughes’ “Less the Distance” site-specific light installation exhibit at de Menil Gallery at the Dillon Art Center at Groton School in Groton, Mass.|
In the second of three rounds of 2015 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation have awarded $50,051 to 23 artists for career development projects. The awards include $32,701 from the Oregon Arts Commission and $17,350 in supplemental funding for eight artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation. Individual grants range from $700 to $6,670.
Career Opportunity Grants fund opportunities for artists to further their careers in areas that include artistic, business or professional development. The Ford Family Foundation Opportunity grants are available only to Oregon mid-career visual artists who are over 30 years of age and actively producing new work in the fields of fine art and contemporary craft.
See the list of artists and awards.
Gypsy Prince shares national Poetry Out Loud experience
(Left to right) Sen. Ron Wyden poses with Gypsy Prince, Scott Crowell and NEA Chairman Jane Chu in Washington, D.C.
|While Gypsy Prince was not named national Poetry Out Loud champion, the Oregon state champ brought home priceless memories from her Washington, D.C. adventure. She gave a beautiful performance at the semifinals, then spent parts of the next day meeting with Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. NEA Chairman Jane Chu joined Gypsy for the meeting with Sen. Wyden. |
Gypsy’s teacher, Scott Crowell from Springfield’s Academy of Arts and Academics, accompanied her on the trip. Deb Vaughn, Arts Commission arts education coordinator, also attended.
“I was greatly honored to represent Oregon at the national finals this year,” says Gypsy. “My experience here has been incredibly valuable to me, both as an artist and a scholar. I saw both the importance of history and the incredible necessity of fresh voices and new ideas. My dedication to raising my voice as a proponent of arts and especially arts education has been nothing if not renewed.”
“Gypsy was a poised and articulate representative of Oregon, both in her performance and when talking with members of Congress,” says Deb. “I look forward to celebrating her accomplishments back in our state.”
Commission spotlight: Avantika Bawa exhibits in New York
Arts Commissioner Avantika Bawa, an acclaimed visual artist, is a featured artist in the upcoming “What it Was”
exhibit at NURTUREart Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
“What it Was” asks us to confront our pasts and explore the potential of alternate and plural futures. In predicting what role art will have in our own lives and the lives of others, we wonder: where will the future be?
aquamapping (Kochi) – Avantika Bawa, Digital video still, 2013-14.
|Big Changes Underway in the U.S. Senate|
|Characterized by some strategists as a “wave,” the 2014 election brought Republican leadership to the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years. No Republicans up for election lost their race. The party also picked up a net gain of nine seats. Overall, the 114th Congress welcomed 13 new senators. Republicans now have more seats on every Senate committee, including holding the chairman positions.|
When Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) retired after
30 years of service, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) became the new chair of the committee with jurisdiction over education policy with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) as ranking member. On the funding side, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) now chairs the Interior Appropriations subcommittee that makes funding decisions affecting the National Endowment for the Arts with pro-arts Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) as ranking member. Current Cultural Caucus Co-Chairmen, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), continue their joint leadership of the Caucus, with work to increase membership after three members’ election defeats and another three retirements.
The Senate has also adjusted work schedules to accommodate longer work weeks and more time in Washington. We’ve already seen more legislative action take place as a result, including reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
|Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts Tool Kits|
Arts education is largely a local issue-nearly 90 percent of funding comes from city and state governments and policies. We work hard to advance support for arts education at all levels of government; but the real work happens on the ground, in your communities, by people like you.
To support local leaders in their advocacy efforts for arts education, we have produced a new suite of tools to help you build, craft, and present effective messages to educational leaders in order to affect change in local communities. The ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY tool kit is designed to complement the Arts Education Navigator e-book series, and includes advocate tools to learn strategies for making change, compelling videos to use in advocacy presentations, and quizzes to learn the robust facts & figures to present.
Go ahead now. Speak up in support of arts education to your local or state school board, principal or state superintendent., Be sure to check out www.AmericansForTheArts.org/EncourageCreativity to get the tools and resources needed to be the best advocate possible.
|Message from the President|
Thank you to all our grassroots Arts Action Fund advocates who went out on November 4 and voted for pro-arts candidates and ballot measures. Less than 24 hours after polls closed, we released our Post-Election Impact on the Arts update, explaining how races on the national, state, and local levels would impact the arts in 2015. After releasing this report online and to our members, Executive Director of the Arts Action Fund Nina Ozlu Tunceli and myself immediately travelled from coast to coast to explain to our stakeholders, in person, what the midterm elections meant for the arts. For example, Nina flew down to Atlanta to brief dozens of local arts leaders on the national, state, and local impact of the elections on the arts. Then the following week, we both went to Seattle to participate in several local meetings. I want to give a special shout out to Seattle arts leader Mari Horita for helping to personally raise $5,000 from Seattle arts patrons to support the Arts Action Fund PAC.
We wrapped up the year with our national Post-Election Impact on the Arts webinar, which you can access at http://www.artsactionfund.org/news/entry/post-election-impact-on-the-arts-update/.
No sooner than the 2014 ballot boxes were packed away, the 2016 presidential election began in earnest. Don’t believe us? The so-called “invisible primary” is well underway, with millions of dollars being raised by “Ready For…” Super PACS, and cable news pundits already chattering about who will run, how they’ll fare, and if they can possibly beat the presumptive Democratic front runner, Hillary Clinton, or early GOP front runner Jeb Bush. Because 2016 is an open seat presidential election, the pressure will be high on both sides to choose an “electable” candidate who can win the White House.
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans won’t be resting on their 2014 laurels too long, as the 2016 map features several Republican senators up for re-election in states that President Obama carried twice, such as Mark Kirk (R-IL), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Ron Johnson (R-WI). Even the House of Representatives, where Republicans now boast their largest majority since the Hoover administration, will have to campaign for re-election during a presidential year, when Democratic turnout is famously higher. The Arts Action Fund has wasted no time in preparing for 2016. We will be on the ground in summer/fall of 2015 in early primary and Caucus states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and Florida, ready to secure Art Platform Statements from presidential candidates from both parties. We will also release our 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card, and distribute surveys to new congressional candidates.
In the summer of 2016, the Arts Action Fund will be at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to hold arts policy panels, ensuring that the voices of arts advocates are heard at the highest levels of American politics.
|Year-End Arts Action & New Congress Taking Seat|
|The 113th Congress adjourned with passage of some important arts-related bills, including final Fiscal Year 2015 funding and a brief extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover tax policy. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will each receive level funding of $146 million. The Office of Museum Services will remain at $30 million and the Arts in Education program within the U.S. Department of Education will also stay at $25 million, despite threats of being zeroed-out.|
Congress also passed a patch to allow last-minute, tax-free charitable contributions from IRA accounts for the month of December. As the new Congress started this January, work on reauthorizing the expired Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has taken center stage, which could greatly impact arts education. The first Senate hearing occurred on January 21.
Also in the new Congress is new arts leadership in the House, including pro-arts member Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) becoming Ranking Member of the Interior Appropriations subcommittee, which makes funding decisions affecting the NEA.
The Arts Action Fund monitors arts policy at the federal level and helps bring citizens’ voices to the table when important arts issues are debated. For detailed legislative updates, please visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/news-room/legislative-news.
|Major Shifts in State and Local Leadership|
|Last year was a game-changing year: 46 states elected 6,057 (82 percent) of the country’s 7,383 state legislative seats. At the end of the night, Republicans picked up an additional 315 state legislative seats and now control approximately 4,100 seats, the highest since 1920. Republicans now control 68 out of the nation’s 98 legislative chambers.|
While the vast majority of people, regardless of their state, said it was time to purge career politicians, voting patterns did not follow. Ninety-six percent of state incumbents standing for re-election won, which is an incredibly high number. In Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, and South Carolina, 100 percent of incumbents were re-elected. West Virginia voters were the closest to electing an entirely new state legislature, with only a 79 percent incumbent re-election rate. Seventy-two percent (36 out of 50) of the nation’s governors were up for election with five new governors being elected in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
The Arts Action Fund is pleased that several pro-arts governors were re-elected, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), and Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D). The Arts Action Fund tracked 29 state and local ballot measures, and some saw wonderful results. In Rhode Island, Ballot Question 5 passed with more than 60 percent of the vote. It authorizes $35 million in bonds to be spent on renovating cultural facilities, and grant funds for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
On the local front, Utah saw six localities (including Salt Lake City) pass local sales tax increases of 0.1 percent to fund zoos, arts, parks, and other recreation facilities.
We’d like to extend a special thank you to all of the donors who contributed $200 or more to our Political Action Committee in the 2013-14 election cycle. The midterm election illustrated how important it is to educate all our elected leaders about the transformative impact of the arts and arts education. A special thank you to our top donors of 2014-you made it all possible.
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The bill will now be considered by the full Senate
Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon invites all arts enthusiasts to our Spring Community Meeting on Tues., April 14th from 2:30–3:30PM in the Shield Room at The Bear Hotel, 2101 NE Spalding, Grants Pass, OR 97526. All attending will have the opportunity to sign up for an Arts Alliance Charter Membership for just $20!
The 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 arts community in southern Oregon.
In the spring of 2013, leaders from various arts organizations gathered with a vision to strengthen partnership and improve communication for the benefit of the greater arts community. Since then, we have regularly held panel discussions, public, and steering committee meetings to gather input as to what the Arts Alliance should be, and created mission and vision statements. Meeting locations vary throughout Southern Oregon in Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, and Kerby in order to be accessible, to encourage participation by the regional arts community, and to demonstrate our commitment to being an inclusive, positive, communicative, creative, informative, collaborative, and valuable resource to the arts community and the public.
Participants in a Community Meeting take part in a discussion about the Arts Alliance
With ongoing input from our arts community, we decided to create an active and robust Arts Alliance to help our arts community thrive. Our vision for the Arts Alliance is to accomplish this mission through:
- Developing a strong, supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having art as a common interest.
- Strengthening the economies of Southern Oregon communities by increasing the demand for art and increasing arts advocacy.
- Supporting activities that raise awareness of the importance of the arts and create opportunities for all to participate in and experience the arts.
It is our goal to connect Jackson and Josephine County together through culture. We realize this can have a significant economic impact on everyone who lives in the area, as well as benefitting tourists here for a short stay.
Our current steering committee include:
- Brooke Nuckles Gentekos, artist, arts advocate, and Executive Director of Sanctuary One in the Applegate Valley
- Susan Burnes, President of the board of directors Grants Pass Museum of Art in Grants Pass
- Joyce Abrams, President of the Southern Oregon Guild of Artists in Kerby
- Anne Brooke, artist and founder/director of Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville
- Hannah West, artist, arts advocate, web designer, Art Presence Board member and founder of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource in Jacksonville
- Denise Baxter, Executive Director of the Ashland Art Center in Ashland
- Cammy Davis of It’s All About Art and southern Oregon art advocate in Jacksonville
- Hyla Lipson, co-founder and chair of Artworks in Grants Pass
- Kim Hearon, Executive Director of the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford.
2015 is the pilot year for the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon. Presently we are planning its launch and preparing for this by building a website, creating a map and calendar, designing and creating marketing materials, continuing to streamline communication, and building membership. We would like to express our gratitude to the Oregon Community Foundation for the grant that is helping us accomplish the Arts Alliance Launch in Spring 2015.
Participants in the last Community Meeting contribute ideas for the Arts Alliance slogan
During our last community meeting we brainstormed slogans for the arts marketing campaign, narrowing the candidates down from a huge list of contributed ideas. The steering committee is coordinating details for the arts marketing campaign including a logo design, regional coordination, fundraising, and continued outreach to our blossoming arts community and arts enthusiasts throughout southern Oregon. We hope you will be among the artists, regional arts leaders, gallery representatives, and art enthusiasts who join us on April 14 to make their voices heard and continue working toward the fulfillment of our collective goals!
Learn more about the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon at our website: http://www.artsalliancesouthernoregon.org/ and keep up with our events, news, and latest developments on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtsAllianceSO
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Diana, Oil on Linen, 24×18
Voters selected Jim McComas’ oil on linen piece entitled Diana for the People’s Choice Award in this year’s international juried show Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, which was recently on display in the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery.
All gallery visitors were invited to cast a vote for their favorite piece. Upon being notified that his painting Diana received the greatest number of votes, the artist responded, “I felt privileged simply to be juried into this year’s Au Naturel and I feel doubly so to have received the People’s Choice Award.”
This is not the first time that the artist has been selected to exhibit in the Au Naturel; he was also chosen to exhibit two of his paintings in the 2013 exhibit. In describing what he calls “an interesting little back story” about his painting Diana, he explains that “it was inspired by my visit to Astoria for the 2013 Au Naturel show. One of the days we were there, my wife, Lea, and I hiked up a short trail behind or beside the college that led up to some sort of monument. It was a bright sunny day (apparently rare for that time of year in Astoria). All along the trail, sunlight streamed through gaps in the trees to illuminate emerald green vegetation and dew covered spider webs, which sparkled like a million tiny rainbows. It was magical, somehow larger than life, and evoked thoughts of mythological figures hidden behind a shallow veil of reality. Anyway, this painting of Diana, the Huntress came from that experience. Lea and I had such a wonderful time visiting Astoria for the 2013 show.”
In his artist statement McComas states, “Compositionally, I perceive art as a visual melody, which can be as simple as a song, or as complex as a symphony. Somewhere in the music – in the image – is an expression of the human condition, be it narrowly focused or grandly sweeping. Along those lines, I see the role of the figure in my art much as the role a dancer plays in a ballet: profoundly moving in and of itself, yet a cohesive part of a larger story. My ultimate artistic desire is to integrate the human element into expressive compositions that are visually compelling, intellectually stimulating, and which engage the viewer on multiple levels.”
McComas received formal academic training in the classical tradition at the Colorado Academy of Art and has had the good fortune to study under such contemporary masters as Daniel Sprick, Robert Liberace, Michelle Torres, and Ron Hicks. He works in a variety of media, drawing in graphite, charcoal, and chalk, and painting primarily in oil. McComas is currently based in Superior, CO. Visit www.jimmccomas.com for additional information about McComas and his work.
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Gypsy Prince of Springfield named Poetry Out Loud champion
|Gypsy Prince, a senior from Springfield’s Academy of Arts and Academics, is Oregon’s 2015 Poetry Out Loud state champion.|
Prince, who won the state contest March 14 at Willamette University, is a three-time school champion who was making her second appearance at state. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.
“Gypsy’s performances were so beautiful, powerful and heartfelt,” says Commission Chair Julie Vigeland. “We are very proud of her and will be rooting for her to bring home the national championship!”
Prince’s winning performance was a recitation of “Mrs. Caldera’s House of Things” by Gregory Djanikian.
|Gypsy and fellow finalist Mitchell Lenneville react as she is named Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud state champion. Photo by Greg Wahl-Stephens.|
(left to right) Commissioner Alyssa Macy, Gypsy Prince, Commission Chair Julie Vigeland and Executive Director Brian Rogers at the Poetry Out Loud State Contest. Photo by Greg Wahl-Stephens.
|Riley Knowles, a sophomore from West Linn High School, was named Oregon’s runner up; if for any reason Prince is unable to participate in the national competition, Knowles will represent Oregon. |
Nine students who won their school contests and placed at regional events advanced to the state contest.
Read Prince’s profile in the Eugene Register Guard.
Commission joins “Conversations with Funders’ tour
Arts Commission grant managers will join Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner and colleagues from Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office April 1-7 for “Conversations with Funders,” a five-stop state tour to discuss how cultural nonprofits may apply for more than $4.7 million in collective grant funds this year.
|This work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard is part of the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture’s Women’s Art Exhibit, supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust.||Organizations encouraged to attend include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. |
“Conversations with Funders” begin Wednesday, April 1, in Springfield and conclude April 7 in The Dalles. Conversations also are scheduled in Coos Bay (April 1), Bend (April 2) and Oregon City (April 7).
Click the links for details and to register.
$89,375 awarded for three new ‘World of Work’ projects
Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington will train students to be concert sound technicians; Caldera will teach Warm Springs Academy students about transmedia storytelling – or telling a single story via multiple media. And Arts in Education of the Gorge will lead 20 Wy’East Middle School students in partnering with professional artists to design, create and install three public art pieces.
|Dozens of middle- and high-school aged underserved Oregon youth will experience creative industry careers alongside working professionals in three new “Connecting Students to the World of Work” projects announced this week by the Arts Commission. |
The three new awards bring the total number of “World of Work” projects funded in the two-year program to 11; all 11 projects will share $30,220 in extension funds to close the program’s funding cycle.
Read the full release.
|The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 PEEPS (Professional Educational Experience Program students) prepare to run sound for the Festival’s Green Show as part of a 2014 WoW project. Photo by Jenny Graham.|
PAM Young Patrons to host arts ecology discussion
Meagan Atiyeh, visual arts coordinator, will moderate a conversation about collecting and patronage in Portland at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the Portland Art Museum. The event is hosted by the museum’s Young Patrons.
The conversation is part of an ongoing series organized by the Arts Commission with support from The Ford Family Foundation. Future discussions will be held at Portland State University and in Astoria, Eugene, Pendleton and Ashland. It also begins a series of talks organized by PADA, Portland Art Dealers Association.
Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected]
Fellow Jayanthi Raman releases two books
|The public is invited to attend a free book release celebration for 2015 Arts Commission performing arts Fellow Jayanthi Raman from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4, in the rotunda lobby of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts in Portland.|
Brian Rogers, Arts Commission executive director, is a chief guest. Rogers wrote the foreword for Raman’s first book, “Bharatha natyam: The Dance of India.”
“It was the fellowship award that gave me the boost to publish after years of dormancy!” says Raman.
Raman’s career spans over three decades as an award-winning performer, choreographer, master artist/educator, speaker, writer, promoter and producer. She is profiled on the Arts Commission website.
|Performing arts Fellow Jayanthi Raman will celebrate the release of two book on Indian dance May 4.|
|Grant news: Upcoming deadlines |
Three Commission grant deadlines are fast approaching. Arts Learning grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. Operating Support and Arts Services grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1.
Friends of the Arts Action Fund testify for a $155 million allocation for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Women’s “Art Discoveries” Retreat
TITLE: Women’s “Art Discoveries” Retreat
DATE: September 13-18, 2015
TIME: Six day, ALL-inclusive (meals, lodging and instruction) retreat
PRICE: Two prices available, depending upon chosen lodging (see website
LOCATION: Lake Alpine Resort, California Sierras (between Ebbets Pass and Bear Valley)
Dreaming of an artist’s escape? Envision the air autumn-crisp, with golden leaves reflected in the sparkling lake, pine scent weaving through the trees and thoughts turning to introspection. Such is the setting for the sixth annual Women’s “Art Discoveries” Retreat, September 13-18 at Lake Alpine Resort near Bear Valley California. These experienced professionals, Jean Warren and Elaine Frenett, have reshaped this year’s format to weave paints, mixed media and words together to expand our creativity using collaboration, abstraction and exploration. This all-inclusive (meals, lodging and workshop) retreat is for the spirited woman who loves painting, journaling and the energy of other women (2 scholarships available). For more information: https://visualartjournaling.wordpress.com/objectives-and-summary-2015-retreat/ feel free to contact Elaine Frenett your retreat leader at 541-944-2196.