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News from the Oregon Arts Commission


November 10, 2016
The Art Summit’s morning session ended with a panel discussion on arts as an effective change agent.

2016 Summit Eexemplifies Arts In Action

 Attendees ranked their experience of the 2016 Arts Summit in Corvallis highly. With a conference theme of Arts In Action, Keynote speaker Tim Carpenter of EngAGE provided an outstanding example of creative programs that are developed to encourage vibrant aging. The August Wilson Red Door Project’s “Hands Up” performance and its associated speaker panel also gave attendees a rich, powerful and sometimes raw window into the lived experience of many Americans of color.

Overall people found the speakers and performers inspiring and valued the opportunity to network with other arts professionals. Those who came the afternoon before the Summit participated in the welcome reception, generously hosted by the Corvallis Arts Center, and arts themed dinners with Arts Commissioners. These were cited by several attendees as their favorite part of the Arts Summit.

The evaluation revealed that interaction with others is a key take-away from the event.

The 2017 Arts Summit, celebrating the Commission’s 50th Anniversary will be held Friday, Oct. 6, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. Mark your calendars now and register early. If you have suggestions for next year’s speakers, please reach out to [email protected]In the meantime, enjoy this link to photos from the 2016 Arts Summit.

LaTevin Alexander of the August Wilson Red Door Project delivers a dramatic “Hands Up” performance.

Pat Boas’ “Cipher” to be exhibited in the Governor’s Office

Pat Boas, Untitled (yellow), 2015, Sumi ink, gouache and flashe on Khadi paper. 30 x 22 in. Photo T. Harrison. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Collection of Dave Pollin and the Canopy Hotel.


Portland artist Pat Boas will exhibit “Cipher” in the Governor’s Office at the Capitol Building in Salem from Nov. 22 to Jan. 12.

Boas uses the form, movement and sound-sense of words as maps for abstraction. Her paintings and works on paper distort the code of written language to the point where the viewer might glimpse, but not grasp, an implied meaning. Beginning with common stencil letters or the shapes between letterforms, the pieces develop into characters that are not easily deciphered, like logos too complicated to achieve the usual aim of instant recognition.

The artist explains, “I want to confuse the acts of reading and looking, writing and drawing, jostling them with the noise of color and form.”

An exhibit in the Governor’s office is considered a “once in a lifetime” honor.

Read the full release.

World of Work project wins NAMMY award

One of the recent Connecting Students to the World of Work grant projects contributed to a music video honored Sept. 17 with the top prize in the best music video category for the Native American Music Awards, also known as the NAMMYS.
Students participating in the Beats Lyrics Leaders project funded by the Arts Commission worked with Oregon-based hiphop artist Blue Flamez (Scott Kalama) to produce “Rez Life” with Portland’s Ibori Records. Ibori, through Beats Lyrics Leaders, was awarded a 2014 World of Work grant to partner indigenous youth with professional teaching artists. The project allowed 16 Native American youth to participate in song writing retreats and music training programs with entertainment personalities and musician mentors.
A still of the students featured in “Rez Life.”
“I’ve seen them grow up from kids to young men and it makes me proud to know we won an award for our efforts as a team,” says Flamez. “That’s what life’s about — dreaming big and making it happen!”

Arts Commission schedules meeting in Lake Oswego;

All are invited to Dec. 1 reception


The Oregon Arts Commission will hold its quarterly meeting at the Lakewood Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 2. It is open to the public.

Artists, arts organizations and supporters are invited to gather with Arts Commissioners and staff for an informal Arts Salon reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the 510 Museum & ARTspace (510 First Street in Lake Oswego).

Please RSVP for the reception by Monday, Nov. 28, to Bonnie Fox at 503-986-0130 or [email protected]

At left: Lee Kelly’s Angkor I in Lake Oswego, purchased through an Oregon Arts Commission Art Acquisition grant.


Grant alert!

Mid-level artists encouraged to apply for Career Opportunity Grants

Record funding is available to support Oregon artists’ career opportunities in December. Through partnerships with The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation, visual, performing and literary artists may apply for up to $9,000 to further their careers in artistic, business or professional development.
Artists may apply for up to $1,500 from the Arts Commission and, if they are over 30 and actively producing new work, an additional $7,500 from The Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation. The Ford Family Foundation supports artists in the fields of fine art and contemporary craft. The Oregon Community Foundation funds are available only to established Oregon literary and performing arts artists.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Guidelines and more information are

2015 Career Opportunity Grant recipient Beckey Kay’s Chapman Tabula Rasa Shelter Hive.

When She Dies, You Too Will Die

Christine Babic: When She Dies, You Too Will Die

On view December 1-23, 2016When She Dies, You Too Will Die : Debut Solo Exhibition of works by Christine Babic

“When She Dies, You Too Will Die” is Christine Babic’s first solo show in Seattle. After receiving the CoCA “Un-Contained” residency Christine felt an overwhelming responsibility to drive 17 hours to Cannonball, North Dakota, and protest in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. As a member of the Chugach-Sugpiaq Tribe, Christine grew up in the midst of the Exxon Valdez disaster where she bore witness to the rampant destruction of Native lands and resources. “When She Dies, You Too Will Die,” is a love letter inspired by the devastating and unspoken history of colonization written to every victim of “The American Genocide of the Native” long dead, and a call to arms for those generations of survivors beaten and exhausted. “When She Dies, You Too Will Die,” silently and poignantly screams out that we will not be displaced again, we will not be assimilated, our culture will not be drowned in your pools of oil and blood.

“Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies you too will die.”

~John Hollow Horn
, Oglala Sioux

Artist Bio:

Christine Babic was born in Cordova, Alaska and is a member of the Chugach Suqpiaq tribe. Growing up, she participated in a variety of traditional practices focusing on skin sewing and dance. This led her to attend Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she focused on creating her own vocabulary and methodology surrounding Contemporary Indigenous Art. Most recently, Christine travelled from Seattle to Cannonball, North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
We hope you can join us on Thursday, December 1 from 6-9pm, for the opening reception for Christine Babic’s first solo exhibition, “When She Dies, You Too Will Die.”

Title: When She Dies, You Too Will Die

Location: CoCA Gallery 114 3rd Ave South, Seattle WA 98104

Dates: December 1st- 26th

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6-9pm

Part of the Pioneer Square Art Walk
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10:30am-4:30pm, or by appointment.

[email protected] more information

Celebrating Our 35th Anniversary

Robert Ernst Marx: Considering the Voluntary Absence of God
On View November 3-27, 2016
114 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104,
Tashiro Kaplan Building

Christine Babic: When She Dies, You Too Will Die
Opening Reception, Thursday, December 1, 6-9pm
On View: December 1-23, 2016
114 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Tashiro Kaplan Building

*Visit the CoCA Digital Archive 1981-2016

AAF PAC Disbursements and Success Rate in 2016 Electoral Cycle

The Arts Action Fund PAC helped elect 81.4% of endorsed candidates. See how you helped elect arts candidates this cycle.

UPDATE: Arts Action Fund Mobilizes Grassroots Supporters to Vote for Pro-Arts Ballot Initiatives

All the attention may be at the top of the ticket, but there are plenty of local referenda affecting the arts. Here’s where we won and lost on local ballot initiatives.

Arts Action Fund Mobilizes Grassroots Supporters to Vote for Pro-Arts Ballot Initiatives

All the attention may be at the top of the ticket, but there are plenty of local referenda affecting the arts.

Presidential Candidates respond to Education Survey by Washington Post

Candidates continue to elaborate on education positions up to the election.

Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates

Election Day is less than one week away and the Arts Action Fund wanted to share its newest ArtsVote2016 Member Report on the Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates.

This new report is one of the many programs and publications of ArtsVote2016, the Arts Action Fund’s biennial election cycle campaign to educate both candidates and voters on issues impacting the arts and arts education. In September, all Arts Action Fund members were e-mailed our 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card.

Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates

Read the full Candidate Arts Memo for Hillary Clinton here.

Read the full Candidate Arts Memo for Donald Trump here.

Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates : Hillary Clinton Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates: Donald Trump
Candidate supports federal funding of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities?


Watch Iowa town hall video, 9/15/15.

Read Hillary arts platform, 2008.


Defers to Congress. Read interview, 3/28/16.

Candidate would maintain or increase federal support for arts education funding?


Watch New Hampshire town hall video, 7/28/15.


Defers to state and local school districts on funding, but expresses appreciation for arts education. Read interview, 3/28/16.

Candidate maintains current incentives for charitable giving to 501(c)(3) organizations, such as local nonprofit arts charities?


Read article, 3/7/16.


Read article, 9/19/16.

National party platform includes a positive position on the arts & arts education?


See party platform (p. 21), 7/21/16.


Nothing stated in party platform, 7/18/16.

Candidate has pro-arts and culture record in Congress or other public office?


Signed a Senate Dear Colleague letter requesting increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, 2006.

Founding member of the Senate Cultural Caucus in 2005.

Supported several pieces of arts and culture legislation in the Senate. See S.888, S.1241, S.1108, S.749, S.287.

Not Applicable

Never held public office.

Candidate has chosen a Vice Presidential running mate with a pro-arts Congressional record?


See Senator Tim Kaine’s Arts Memo and Congressional Arts Report Card records, 2016, 2014.


See then-Rep. Mike Pence’s Arts Memo and Congressional Arts Report Card records, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004.

Please help support our ArtsVote2016 activities by contributing to the Arts Action Fund PAC. Please consider contributing as little as $5.

1$ per Capita for the Arts

Did you know that Congress appropriates a mere 46 cents per person to support the arts across the country? Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund doesn’t think that’s enough. In fact, a majority of Americans agree with us that Congress should double funding to 1$ per capita for the Arts.

Before you cast your votes on November 8th, please explore our 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card. This useful tool can help guide you in picking pro-arts candidates that could potentially help us reach our goal of 1$ per capita for the Arts.

1$ per capita for the arts

Please also contribute to the Arts Action Fund PAC so we can financially support the re-election campaigns of key Congressional arts leaders featured in the Congressional Arts Report Card. The Arts Action Fund PAC is exclusively supported by members like you and 100 percent of the contributions are given to pro-arts candidates.

Arts Action Fund Election Day Checklist

Days are counting down until election day- are you ready to cast your ballot on November 8th?

Independent Sector Releases Candidate Tax Plans

Independent Sector releases its analysis of the tax and fiscal plans proposed by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.