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Art Inspires Ashland
The Evening Presentations
Presale $30 and after November 1st $35
Thursday, November 12th
The Historic Ashland Armory
Doors open at 6pm for catered appetizers and a no-host bar reception
Presentations begin at 7:30pm
The highlight of the week, our three featured world-class artists gather together at the Historic Ashland Armory to present in “TED talk” style.
They will speak about their skills, their art, their world and their accomplishments.
Whether you are an artist or not, this year’s Art Inspires Ashland artists are certain to inspire you.
Please join us for this very special occasion at our 4th Annual Art Inspires Ashland Evening Presentations event.
Proceeds from this event benefit Ashland Art Center, a 501(c)(3), and its classes, children’s workshops, arts education, and professional artists support.
The Art of the Still Life and Form in Oil with Gregg Kreutz
General $320 and Art Center Members $280
Friday through Sunday, November 13th, 14th, & 15th,
9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Briscoe Art Wing, 265 N. Main Street, Studio #1
This workshop will focus on the drama in still life and form. Students will have the option to study either emphasis by learning to turn simple props into compelling compositions or render the human figure in all it’s complexities. The focus will be on manifesting significant form, and modifying or obscuring the less meaningless.
Students will be discovering how to create effect with paint strokes, palette knife, and well as brushes – exploring not only a depiction of observed reality, but also a celebration of abstract qualities.
• Materials list will be provided but are not included.
• Though other mediums are welcome, the workshop will only be taught with, and demonstrated in, oils.
• Beginners through advanced are welcome.
Sculpting the Human Figure with
General $120 and Art Center Members $80
Saturday and Sunday, November 14th and 15th
5pm to 8pm
Main Classroom at Ashland Art Center 357 East Main Street
This hands-on class will teach students how to sculpt areas of the human figure that are typically challenging to portray such as sculpting the ear, nose, lips, hands and feet.
Renowned sculptor, Kevin Christman, will be sharing his knowledge accumulated over the past 25 years of individual recognition as a figurative sculpture, as well as, working with some of the most noted figurative sculptors in America.
• Materials are included.
• Beginners through advanced are welcome.
You Are a Work of Art
Achieving your goals through creative thinking
General $30 and Art Center Members $25
Day of tickets for all $35
Friday, November 13th from 6pm to 8:30pm
Wine and Cheese Bar reception will be available before, during, and after the panel discussion. Hosted and Moderated by Denise Baxter, Founder/Ex. Dir. of Ashland Art Center
Denise Baxter has gathered together respected and prominent individuals in the area of creative manifestation. They have demonstrated their abilities to think outside the box, with creative objectivity, focus, and fierce determination.
Panelists will share how they have been able to attain their goals, using unique methods, beyond mainstream methodology.
You are invited to attend and join in the evolving and dynamic panel discussion.
The following panel members, confirmed to join, are Dr. Zan Nix, Attorney Lloyd Haines, and Artists Shoshana Dubiner, Jack Wiens, and Liz Shepherd.
Ashland Art Center 357 E Main St, Ashland Oregon 97520
New York based program Publicolor incorporates art and design to empower educational success in students from a low socioeconomic status.
We won’t stop until every arts advocate in the country is registered to vote.
As a part of the fifth annual National Arts in Education Week, students from Richard E. Strayer Middle School took to Instagram to complete the sentence “Art is…”
PETITION TO SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION IN HISTORIC FEDERAL EDUCATION OVERHAUL
Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate each approved legislation to replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. As many of you read and shared this news in July, we want to update you on the next steps in the education reform process and what you can do to support arts education in this historic federal education overhaul.
This month, a select congressional conference committee has begun work to reconcile the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) and the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) into a final piece of legislation that President Obama will sign.
If successful, it will be the first time in 14 years that federal K-12 education policy has advanced. This is a big deal for a whole generation of students.
Combined, the two bills contain 13 arts-friendly provisions, including retaining the arts as a core academic subject which is a key legislative priority.
We’ve developed a national petition to the members of Congress serving on the conference committee to voice support for retaining arts-friendly provisions within the education reform bill. Help us keep the momentum–sign the petition and encourage 5 of your friends and colleagues to do the same.
Thank you for your support during this momentous time for arts education!
Granite State Arts Leader Toni Pappas sat down with Gov. Christie for an intimate discussion – and she was surprised at what he had to say about the arts.
Ninety-five thousand Syrian children in Lebanon have been traumatized by the conflict—can painting help them?
BARJA, LEBANON–Anita Toutikian stands alone in a bare-bones classroom, huddled over a table covered in art supplies. She carefully arranges paint bottles and brushes, and sets out a sleeve of plastic cups for pallets.
In a few minutes, 22 students, five of whom are Syrian refugees, will burst into this room for a two-hour art therapy session. Toutikian, a working artist and a clinical psychologist, is there to help alleviate tensions between the refugees and their Lebanese classmates. According to the UN, at least 1.3 million Syrians refugees are currently living in Lebanon, which has led to a crisis-level strain on resources that impacts virtually every facet of society – and education is no different. This is the second time Toutikian has come to the Barja Technical School, a secondary school in this costal town 30 minutes south of Beirut. The first time the students all drew a figure – a firefighter, to be specific – individually. But today the students will be painting in groups.
Barja Technical School is one of the hundreds of schools in Lebanon that are struggling to accommodate the nationwide surge of Syrian children into the Lebanese school system, which the UN has called “under served prior to the Syria crisis.” As a result, Syrian children all over Lebanon are facing a crippling lack of access to education. A recent UN report found that only 22 percent of school-age children are receiving a formal education. “The Syrian influx has increased the demand on the limited public school places by almost 134 per cent,” according to the report.
(Image Credit: John Knefel)Anita Toutikian leading a class.
“There’s an education crisis,” in Lebanon, says Amnesty International’s Lama Fakih. And that current crisis could result in a heightened susceptibility to recruitment to violent groups. “When you talk about a person’s ability to care for himself and his family and have a fulfilling life, obviously the opportunities are very limited without an elementary education,” adds Fakih.
Even those who are enrolled in school face significant barriers. Lebanese classes are often taught in either French or English, which most Syrians don’t speak. That’s an issue at the school in Barja. “This is one of the challenges, but teachers who teach languages are helping with this, are working with Syrians,” says Haifa Abu Hader, who works for the school. “It’s not easy. They’re very brave,” he says, referring to the harassment Syrians often encounter in schools across Lebanon. Prejudice against Syrian children and even some teachers is a growing concern for the U.N. Refugee Agency. “Syrian girls and boys face blatant discrimination, bullying and violence,” the agency noted in a recent report. “Violence against boys can be serious—in Mount Lebanon a 13-year-old was hospitalized after being beaten up outside his school.”
At Barja Techincal School, many of the refugee students initially fled Syria to the northern Lebanese city Arsal. Regular cross-border fighting between the Lebanese army and jihadi groups, including ISIS, then pushed those families deeper into Lebanon. Between the trauma of the war and the continuing struggles that come from a precarious living situation, many students aren’t receiving the support they need. The U.N. estimates that there are 95,000 Syrian children in Lebanon who have been traumatized by the conflict, which has diminished their learning abilities. “There is a lot of pressure on Syrian children in schools,” says Chantal Chedid, prevention coordinator at Skoun, a Lebanese NGO that works with adult drug users as well as young people through their early intervention program. Though Skoun – who organized the session I’m observing – doesn’t see some of the worst manifestations of trauma, school administrators say many of the Syrian students struggle with a variety of issues related to fleeing the war. “We see dropouts of Syrians, many are feeling sad, or depressed,” says Chedid. She adds that other common symptoms are “insomnia, [and] trouble concentrating.” An estimated 20 percent of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon dropout of school.
After the 22 students file in, Chedid breaks them into three groups of seven or eight, and each group crowds around a canvas roughly three feet by four feet. For the next hour, the students paint brightly colored landscapes full of sailboats, cars, and trees. “We are not teaching art here, and we are not doing full therapy. It is a psychosocial support with art, therapeutic art, we can say, because we are not addressing the problem of each child,” says Toutikian. “We are offering them the opportunity to express themselves freely, without judgment, without evaluation of their work.”
“In this work, we are not exploring the trauma,” she adds. “We are working in a group setting, and in a group setting it is not easy to address individual traumatic experience. We are giving them the opportunity to release the trauma.” One can’t help but wonder what some of the young adults who have fled the war might paint given a darker palette, but that answer isn’t for today. “When they’re happy, they all become children,” says Toutikian.
Observing the group, which is assembled from several different classes, there’s no question they are enjoying themselves. How well does it work to combat bullying? “Usually when someone from outside the school comes to the school, the students are commenting, ridiculing them, etc,” says Hader, the school employee, through a translator. “We didn’t see this today.”
“We are offering them the opportunity to express themselves freely, without judgment, without evaluation of their work, says Toutikian. (Image credit: John Knefel)
I take out my camera to take close ups of the paintings, which initially doesn’t elicit much of a response. “It’s good, right?” says one girl. But when I take out my phone to snap a few more, the kids immediately strike poses. “Selfie!” yells one of the boys. Many of the students speak English very well, but even those who don’t know the word “selfie.” I pose with several of the students for a shot, not realizing that I’ve now opened the door for a new distraction – a picture with a native English-speaking interloper – that virtually every one of their classmates finds irresistible. By the end of the hour I’ve snapped over a dozen selfies with a rotating cast of characters, and, inexplicably, signed the tops of several students’ outstretched hands.
One of the students, who I’ll give the pseudonym Ali because he’s a minor, is excited to practice his English on me. “My favorite subject is electricity,” he says, and explains that he works at his father’s shop repairing washing machines. Does he like painting? “I like it, but this is kid stuff for my friend,” he jokes, bopping a boy lightly on the back of the head.
As the students file out, and return to their regular schedule, several complain and plead for Toutikian not to leave. After a few more requests for selfies all but a few students have cleared the room. One boy extends his hand to me, like many of the others, excited to practice his English. “I love you,” he says, as we shake hands goodbye. Then adds: “Nice to meet you,” and walks out the door.
Keynote Speaker Announced for Oregon Arts Summit
And More News from the Oregon Arts Commission
Speakers are now finalized for the Oregon Arts Summit in Southern Oregon, scheduled for Oct. 1-3 in Ashland..
Roberto Bedoya confirmed for Summit keynote
Noted writer, arts advocate and cultural worker Roberto Bedoya, a champion of art-based civic engagement projects, will deliver the keynote address for the 2015 Oregon Arts Summit on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites. A strong advocate for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging, Bedoya is the former executive director and current director of civic engagement for the Tucson Pima Arts Council. He previously served as executive director of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations, where he was co-plaintiff in the lawsuit Finley vs. NEA.
The full schedule
for the Arts Summit, focused on a “Creative Exchange” theme and responding to survey input, is now posted. It includes a Thursday welcome reception and dinner with Arts Commissioners, a full day of content sessions Friday and a tour of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production facility on Saturday.
Included are sessions on financial stability, led by Susan Howlett of Strengthening Nonprofits, and equity and inclusion, as well as an arts education census with the Oregon Community Foundation and a travel and tourism incubator.
PLEASE NOTE: We would like to see a fantastic turnout for the Oregon Arts Summit in southern Oregon! It’s not often that we get to meet with the major sponsor of the arts in Oregon here on our home turf, and we need them to see a huge interest in the arts as well as a need for their continued attention here. Please make sure to register and attend!!
Arts Commission long-range plan coming soon
An intensive process that began with statewide town meetings last fall reached its conclusion when Oregon Arts Commissioners approved a five-year long-range plan at the end of June.
The plan is now being produced as a 16-page booklet that will be posted online and shared at the Oct. 2 Oregon Arts Summit.
Thanks to all who participated in the process and submitted photos to accompany the plan!
|This photo of the Eugene Symphony’s Cuthbert Amphitheatre performance is featured in the long-range plan.|
Grant news: 21 artists receive Career Opportunity Grants
|Stephen Hayes, Bird, song.|
Congratulations to 21 Oregon artists who received a total of $54,699 in Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation.
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 established visual artists who are over 30 years of age, have seven or more years of professional practice and are actively producing new work in the fields of fine art and contemporary craft.
Most of the grants support the artists’ participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities that advance their careers.
See the full list of artists and funded projects here.
New grant to support small arts organizations
A two-year pilot grant program designed to provide operating support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000 is now open.
Applications for the first round of funding will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at http://oregon.culturegrants.org/
. Eligibility is limited to organizations that have operated as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit for two years or more.
The program is in direct response to feedback received during statewide town meetings last year, says Arts Commission Chair Julie Vigeland.
|A summer art group at The Dalles Art Center.|
Arts Build Communities grant deadline approaches
|Jon Broderick and Jay Speakman perform at the 2015 FisherPoets Gathering, supported by an Arts Build Community grant from the Arts Commission.|
Applications for Arts Build Communities grants, to support locally-based projects that address community needs through an arts-based activity, are due to the Oregon Arts Commission by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1.
Arts Build Communities grants range from $3,000 to $7,000 and recognize the role the arts and artists can play in community development. The program supports arts and other community-based organizations that form alliances and partnerships to strengthen communities through projects that connect the arts with local issues and opportunities.
|Macy named Warm Springs executive |
Arts Commissioner Alyssa Macy shared last week that she accepted the position of Executive Deputy Director for her Nation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The position works alongside the secretary-treasurer/CEO and oversees the four branches of the Nation including natural resources, health and human services, public utilities and public safety.
“While I’ve had some amazing professional experiences that have taken me around the globe, my heart has always been with my people,” says Alyssa. She will continue to work with newly re-established Warm Springs Youth Council as their adviser.
Bawa’s work featured in White Box exhibition
“Aqua Mapping,” a three-part journey by Arts Commissioner Avantika Bawa to respond to sites’ coastal history, topography and climate, culminates in a solo exhibit at U of O’s White Box through Sept. 26. The exhibition highlights stills and video of the rugged coastline of Astoria, an historic port city and so-called “graveyard of the Pacific.” An orange blimp was towed or carried on a passenger ferry and various boats via established routes to explore what happens when conceptual historical markers and borders become part of the physical landscape.
A First Thursday reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 3.
Student artists wanted for Art of Excellence
The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Arts Commission, calls all student artists from across the state to submit their work in the Art of Excellence 2015 contest.
Winning selections will be displayed at the Capitol, as well as other locations around Salem. Find details here.
Reminder: Fall grant deadlines
Message from President & CEO Robert Lynch
Every four years, extraordinary national media and political attention is placed on the top two presidential early primary/caucus states in the country: New Hampshire and Iowa. Both the media and presidential candidates seek to learn more about the policy issues that the residents in these states care about most in order to win their vote. As a result, an opportunity is created for advocates living in these two influential states to have meaningful discussions about the arts, the needs for the future, and the economic opportunities for growth on behalf the entire nation. Our program, #ArtsVote2016 is a national campaign dedicated to ensuring that the arts impact national elections by encouraging candidates to take strong positions on the arts and arts education.
Our goal is to create opportunities to empower members and advocates like you, especially in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire, to stand up for the arts on behalf of the entire nation and ask presidential candidates their position on the arts. We especially want you to advocate for our shared long-term goals of a future where the federal government invests at least $1 per citizen in the nonprofit arts and where local governments invest 5 percent of their local education budgets in arts education.
The support from our members will help us train 200+ arts advocates in each of the early primary states to attend town hall meetings and meet-and-greets with presidential candidates. We will 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. Customized Questions to Ask will be written for every candidate, as well as develop unique arts profiles for both New Hampshire and Iowa and as well as unique arts profiles and background papers on each candidate.
Finally, we have added new ArtsVote2016 content to our website www.ArtsActionFund.org so that we can provide you even more robust resources about candidates and their arts positions. Check it out.
|Bringing Visibility to Arts Education|
This year marks the 5th anniversary of National Arts in Education Week-a national celebration recognizing the importance of dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts to a well-rounded education. Through House Resolution 275, the week following the second Sunday in September is designated to bring attention to this cause among elected officials and educational decision-makers across the country. Mark your calendars now for September 13-19, 2015, and add your voice to this important cause! There are three ways that advocates can get involved in this important campaign:
Use the shared branding for National Arts in Education Week. You can download this unified logo and add it to any posters, websites, or public awareness campaigns. All of these tools are available at: www.AmericansForTheArts.org/ArtsEdWeek.
Encourage your education and municipal leaders to adopt a local resolution supporting National Arts in Education Week. Templates are available to customize for your school board, mayor, city council, and state representatives. Take this opportunity to educate these leaders on the benefits of arts education using the handy facts, figures, and advocacy tips available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/Navigator.
Raise the visibility of the cause on social media. Use the #ArtsEdWeek hashtag all week long. Share your story of why arts education matters. Or tell us about an arts educator who has made a difference in your community using the hashtag #TeachTheArts. To get the conversation started, we’ll be sharing powerful student stories from our new Encourage Creativity videos, which you can find at:
Improving Schools With the Arts
|What if we as advocates could convince school leaders that the arts are actually a tool to help them improve their schools? Turnaround Arts is doing just that. A public-private partnership managed by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Turnaround Arts is committed to using the power of the arts to improve even the lowest performing schools across the country.|
Now entering its third year, the initiative has grown from a small pilot of eight schools to a cohort now of 49 schools across 14 states and the District of Columbia, serving 27,000 students (see map below.) The success of the program is undeniable-the schools show an average improvement of 22.55 percent in math scores and an average improvement of 12.62 percent in reading scores. Attendance has improved and disciplinary actions have dropped. Kids are excited about learning. Artists are bringing a sense of hope to the community. Parents are involved. It helps that the program is backed by the presidential seal and that high caliber artists, such as Sarah Jessica Parker (above), have adopted schools to serve as teaching artists, mentors, and a source of inspiration and positive visibility for schools. Moreover, the program is also backed by decades of research showing the benefits of arts integration and is designed around eight key strategies that any school can use to build a robust arts program that can achieve larger outcomes for school and student success. Read more about the impact of the program at www.turnaroundarts.pcah.gov.
|Turnaround Arts Local and State Program Partners|
|Swift Action on Appropriations|
Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committees advanced
sustained funding ($146 million each) for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in summer markups. This was the first time in nearly six years that the Senate held a hearing on its draft legislation. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) also attempted to increase funding by $2 million to meet the president’s funding request. Despite the flurry of activity, renewed gridlock is anticipated on floor activity as Congress approaches the end of the fiscal year this September.Good News for Arts Education
Congress is now a step closer to renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that officially expired in 2007! In July, the Senate approved its bipartisan bill, Every Child Achieves Act, by a vote of 81-17, and the House voted 218-213 to advance its highly partisan legislation to reauthorize ESEA. The Senate bill includes a number of arts-friendly provisions, including retaining the arts as a core academic subject-a key legislative priority. These floor votes clear the way for the House and Senate to begin work on a final bill that can be signed into law and help advance policy to ensure that every child can receive a complete education that includes the arts.
Freshman member Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has joined Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) to serve as co-chair of the Co
ngressional STEAM Caucus. Americans for the Arts helped advise the formation of the STEAM Caucus when it was first established in 2013. It now numbers 75 members! The goal of STEAM is to “change the vocabulary” of education to recognize the benefits of both the arts and sciences-and their intersections-to our country’s future economy.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.
|State and Local Update|
|Major Funding Increase in California|
On June 17, California Governor Jerry Brown approved an increase of $8.3 million from the state’s general fund to the California Arts Council, which is $2.1 million more than what he originally proposed for the 2015-2016 budget. With its additional funding revenues-$1.1 million from the National Endowment for the Arts and $2.5 million in projected donations from its specialty arts license plate program-the California Arts Council’s budget will increase to $11.9 million, its largest budget since 2004. Even more meaningful, the funding increase has been designated as permanent-meaning, the arts agency’s new funding baseline from the state’s annual general fund will rise from $1.1 million to $8.3 million. To see the press release, visit www.arts.ca.gov/news.Boston Creates
At the local level, cities are investing in establishing citywide cultural plans.
Joining the ranks of Chicago, Houston, and Denver-New York City and Boston recently approved creating their own cultural plans. On April 9, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and his Chief of Arts & Culture Julie Burros unveiled Boston’s cultural planning initiative: Boston Creates. Over the next 15 months, arts and culture leaders and supporters will be able to weigh in to help craft the vision and priorities for Boston’s arts and culture sector. On the same day, the city launched www.BostonCreates.org website where
Bostonians can nominate themselves or others to join a volunteer leadership
council or participate in 16 community engagement teams.
New York City Cultural Plan
On May 18, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a plan to conduct New York City’s comprehensive cultural plan for the city. The plan will require a strategic planning process to address the city’s cultural priorities; research how the city can improve serving the five boroughs; report the current state of each neighborhood’s arts community; and plan how to assist artists with rising costs of living, including providing below market live/work studios. The official cultural plan will be finished in July 2017. After the final plan is in place, it can be revised every 10 years, with a required progress report released every two years. Visit www.nyc.gov/html/dcla to learn more.
|Arts Advocates Meet in Chicago|
|Dozens of Arts Action Fund members gathered in Chicago for a fundraiser to support the Arts Action Fund PAC. With the presidential election coming up, we are vetting many candidates, as well as supporting the re-election bids for several proven incumbent arts leaders looking to return to Congress. So far this election cycle, we have given $20,000 to 13 candidates and hope to support 80 candidates total this cycle, including the following candidates who we’ve supported in the past and hope to support this election cycle.|
|Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC 12)|
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR 1)
Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL 5)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA 42)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA 32)
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI 1)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT 3)
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL 21)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD 4)
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA 8)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD 5)
Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY 3)
Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA 6)
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ 7)
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI 2)
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA 5)
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA 33)
|Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY 17)|
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN 4)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY 10)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA 12)
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA 52)
Rep. David Price (D-NC 4)
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL 5)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA 28)
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA 3)
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID 2)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY 25)
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA 14)
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY 21)
Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH 12)
Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV 1)
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY 20)
Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN 1)
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)