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Almeda Fire Resources for Artists

Almeda Fire Resources for Artists. On September 8, 2020, the southern Oregon art community suffered devastating losses. Along with the wider community, many artists lost their homes and all their belongings in the Almeda fire. This is a tragic loss for anyone, but for artists it also meant that their home studios, all their supplies and equipment, and their entire life’s work in art was reduced to smoke and ashes. Coming after months of restricted movement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was crushing. Furthermore, some artists found this was a massive insult added to other horrific injuries to their lives and careers that they had suffered the previous month.

Southern Oregon Artists Resource cares deeply about each and every artist in southern Oregon. Our hearts are shattered at the destruction they have suffered. And a great number of them are our personal friends, too. Whether or not they are members of SOAR, they are vital to our overall community’s economic, educational and mental health. Moreover, they bring beauty, healing and hope in times of crisis. Now they need our help, and that’s why we’ve assembled these Almeda Fire Resources for Artists.

After shaking off the shock that hit us as it did everyone in the Rogue Valley, we reached out to SOAR members, asking how they had been affected and what they need. As time has gone on, we have assembled a list of valuable resources that artists should take advantage of as they work to rebuild their lives. We have also received generous donations of art supplies, so when you’re ready to begin restocking, please contact us to make an appointment and come pick up what you need. Several have already come by and connections have been made that resulted in artists getting artists getting supplies they need. We want to see you creating again, both to help yourself heal and recover from the profound emotional toll this has had on you and to begin replenishing your catalog of works available for sale.

We know there are many more out there who need assistance. However, you may still be occupied with the stressful and urgent search for housing (in a county where housing availability was already extremely limited) and basic necessities. At some point you will have at least a temporary situation from which you can start painting/creating again. This horrific experience will surely be the source of much inspiration— painting out the trauma and creating through the grief will help us all to heal. If you are already doing this and don’t mind sharing, please send a shot of what you’ve done and tell us your story. But there’s no rush. We will be here for you when you’re ready.

Almeda Fire Resources for Artists

Here is a list of resources that can help you get back on your feet.

General Help

https://wildfire.oregon.gov/ If you sustained uninsured losses or damage due to wildfires beginning Sept. 7, 2020, you may be eligible for disaster aid. Federal funds are available to help eligible individuals recover from wildfire in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion Counties. To apply, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); TTY, call 1-800-462-7585; 711 or Video Relay Service, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Click here for more FEMA information or apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov

Added 10/21/20: More important information, advice and resources can be found at these two websites:

Rogue Valley Recovers

Rogue Valley Rebuilds (A site sponsored by Jackson County)

Talent Maker City has a page with links to a lot of important resources here.

The Rogue Valley Relief Fund will go directly to help people most impacted by the fires. In the short term, this fund will be used to directly meet the needs of those who have been displaced by fires—tents, meals, gas, and other supplies folks need immediately. In the long term, we hope that this fund will support people who have lost their homes in these fires as they rebuild their lives, prioritizing those who have the least access to aid. www.mrgfoundation.org/rogue-valley-relief-fund1

Added 10/18/20 – Oregon Artist Relief Fund: This might not apply directly to the fire situation, but if you’ve seen sales drop off this year AND were affected by the fire, it could help you, too. Deadline to apply is November 10, 2020.:

Oregon artists may now apply to a new Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be distributed until the program fund, totaling just over $1.25 million, is depleted.

“Without our artists, there would be no art in Oregon,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission. “We feel strongly that, in addition to the significant relief we were able to provide to arts and cultural organizations through federal CARES Act funds allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust, we need to offer relief funding to struggling Oregon artists as well. We are extremely grateful to The Oregon Community Foundation and the Miller Foundation for joining us in that effort.”

The purpose of the Artist Relief Program is to provide relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals or other activities with a stipend, events, teaching opportunities, book signings or other professional presentation opportunities. Guidelines are now posted on the Arts Commission website.

“In times of crisis, artists help us make sense of our world and stay connected to one another,” said Martha Richards, executive director of the Miller Foundation. “The Miller Foundation stands with Oregon artists in this difficult time because we recognize the critical roles they play in our communities and our lives–they are the foundation of our state’s arts ecosystem.”

“Oregon Community Foundation is thrilled to be a partner in this new Artist Relief program,” added Jerry Tischleder, Oregon Community Foundation’s program officer for arts and culture. “We recognize that independent and freelance artists are vital to the recovery of our communities, bringing hope and inspiration to the world while using their creativity to help process the collective trauma, grief and loss we’ve all experienced in these unprecedented times.”

The program supports professional artists from specific disciplines who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

The artistic disciplines supported are: Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); dance (including choreography); music (composition and music performance); theatre and performance art; folk and traditional arts; visual arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); design arts; and media arts.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Awards must be spent by July 31, 2021.

Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, as well as artists with disabilities, are especially encouraged to apply.

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There are a few groups of truly caring and reliable people working to help people recover from the fires. You can find information in the Southern Oregon Fire Info group. Now that some time has passed, many are no longer allowing GoFundMe links where you can donate cash, due to numerous incidents of fraud that were uncovered. These are groups that have been found to be trustworthy:

Southern Oregon Fire Victim Sponsorship Program

Medford Area Citizen Cares

Adopt A Family From The Ashes ALMEDA

Rogue Valley Relief Fund

Important to Know if You DID Have Insurance

A web design client told us that if you DID have insurance and are dealing with them to establish a claim, you need to be VERY specific about your losses. For example, if you lost a set of 150 Sennelier (or whatever brand) professional artist pastels, be sure to say what brand or they will compensate you for the least expensive pastels possible. Do this for every item you are seeking compensation for, including clothes and other essentials.

Studio Space

The Ashland Art Center is formulating ideas on how to effectively provide some assistance in the aftermath of the fires. Please see attachment. They offer temporary studio space at no cost. Priority consideration will be given to artists who have lost their working spaces due to the fire. Please share this information with anyone needing a place to resume working on their art. (All types of art mediums). For more info, email [email protected].

Art Supplies

Central Art Supply tells us that they have set up several accounts for specific artists as well as a relief fund for local art groups and organizations that people can donate to. Please contact [email protected] or go to Central Art for more information.

Donated Art Supplies are available at SOAR. Please click to see our spreadsheet with everything that has been donated thus far. Some has already been shared, some hasn’t yet been added to the spreadsheet, and more is on its way, so if you don’t see what you need, send us an email and we will be happy to tell you what’s new. Contact us to set up an appointment to pick up what you need.

Sign Up as a Beneficiary of November Benefit Show

Art Presence Art Center is having a benefit show in November, offering donated works by their members. All proceeds will go to artists affected by the fire. They ask that affected artists fill out this form so they can prioritize according to need and contact you after the show to offer you aid from the proceeds. They also have forms on the front counter at the gallery, so stop in and pick one up when you find yourself in Jacksonville. Art Presence is located at 206 N 5th Street, next to the historic courthouse. Contact [email protected]

Donations on Standby – Tell Us What You Need and We Will Connect You

  • A generous SOAR member has wood frames and canvases she would be happy to donate to an artist in need. Contact us and we will help you make arrangements to see and pick up what you need.
  • Another generous SOAR member is eager to help any one who needs it in any way that she can. “We are here for anything, any way for any one who needs comfort. Just let me know. I am in for any way I can be of help – watercolor supplies, my home for a cuppa or glass of ? or supplies that are needed. Painting supplies includes other arts…any knitters?” Contact us and we will help you make arrangements to see and pick up what you need.
  • Yet another SOAR member has an almost new easel. It’s tall and really gorgeous. Wood. Wheels. Adjustable. She’s glad to donate it to an artist who suffered the loss of their own easel in the fire. 
  • A former SOAR member has gently used pastels, surfaces and a tabletop easel she would like to share with an artist in need. Contact us and we will connect you.
  • A glass artist who is a friend of SOAR has plenty of sheet glass to share. Bullseye mostly but also Oceana, Yogi, Kokomo etc. It’s in her garage in 18”x30”x18” plastic craft bins. They will set a table up so you can look. No big sheets but about 6 bins of 12×12 and large scrap. “We would open the garage door wear masks and be safe too. If they didn’t have a place to take it to yet, we can mark it and keep it in the garage till they can come get it.”  Contact us and we will help you make arrangements.
  • Masterpiece Fine Arts Foundation is a member of SOAR. Jeanne, the organization’s director, said her artists would be happy to donate whatever they have that artists need. Be sure to let me know what you need so I can pass it on to her and find out who can help you!
  • Jessica Lee Findleton Can help with photographing/documenting damage. She also started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for artists who lost their studios and artwork in the fire. Please contact her through the campaign to learn more about how to access aid. https://www.gofundme.com/f/25c56q5qeo.
  • Renee Childs of Harmonic Designs in Talent can retrieve art archives for those who have scanned their artwork with her.  “If anyone has extra thumb drives to donate… I am happy to fill them with beauty.” [email protected]

FOR DONORS – Artists Who Need Help

Below are our Almeda Fire Resources for Donors. Please note that the GoFundMe links we include below are for artists we know and are safe to donate to.

GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for artists who lost their studios and artwork in the fire. Please contact Jessica through the campaign to learn more about how to access aid. If you are a donor, please share to increase donations to this one! https://www.gofundme.com/f/25c56q5qeo

  • Felix Matchett at SO Clay Distributors says several potters have lost their homes. Contact [email protected] for details on how you can help.
  • Judy Benson LaNier has lost everything! We do not have her contact info but you can send her an email through her website https://s2naturalimages.com/contact.html She had been slated to show at Art du Jour in October and they should be able to help you contact her with your offer of help.
  • Andre Angermann: I am one of the people who lost everything in the Almeda fire. I had moved into the Bear Creek Mobile Home Park in the beginning of August and had brought my very last load of things there on Saturday September 5. For now I am OK staying in a temporary situation. Amazingly enough I had my new computer with me and the flash drives with the original files. Once I get a new copy of CorelDraw, the software I used to create them with, I can get new prints and offer them to customers. I also have jpg’s of different sizes which can be used to make prints. If there is anybody who either has a copy of CorelDraw or has access to buy one at a student price that would be very helpful as I need the program for any modification or resizing. [email protected]
  • Sheri Croy: “Like so many others, I lost my house and with it all my supplies, completed works for sale and in process pieces. My main medium is paper on glass and I lost 10 years’ accumulation of curated glass pieces for this work – more than 600 vessels, votives and candle holders, hundreds of assorted glass ornaments, magnets and jewelry pieces as well as several glass lamps, all my colored paper, hand-dyed and specialty papers, scissors, punches and blades. Over the last 2-3 years, I had diversified into alcohol inks and wood burning and had assembled gear to begin exploration of block printing and screen printing. I also lost all my colored pencils, sharpies, acrylics, pastels and watercolors along with my substrates of all sizes shapes and types. Losing the house and all of our belongings is devastating, losing the ability to work through the pain creatively and remember all the unique pieces of glass I’d been inspired to collect is just heartbreaking. I do not have a website, but my works can be seen on both Facebook and Instagram under Sheri Croy Artist.”  https://www.facebook.com/sheri.croy.artisthttps://www.instagram.com/sheri.croy.artist/ — GoFundMe page: https://gf.me/u/yxzipf
  • GoFundMe links:
  • Miles Frode – Lived in Talent and lost his house and 30 years of artwork. This talented artist, who specializes in abstracts/cubism and more, needs a place to live. We’ve been able to provide Miles with art supplies to get him through this, but there may still be things he needs. https://www.gofundme.com/f/miles039s-lost-art-alameda-fire
  • Norm Rossignol: It’s so hard to start from scratch when you’re over 70! But with your help, that’s exactly what Norm will do. We’ve been able to provide Norm with art supplies to get him through this, but there may still be things he needs.  GoFundMe link – https://gf.me/u/yxrrwp
  • Janet London: Janet formerly did pressed flower mandalas that were an amazing source of joy, just like she is. Earlier this year she was doing some amazing things in acrylic, preparing to make a comeback. That was cut short, as her husband just passed away from cancer, her mother passed away, and now their Talent home, her studio, and all her art is a pile of ashes. GoFundMe link – https://gf.me/u/yxzcvq
  • Jannie Ledard: Janie is a brilliant glass artist and a dear, loving person. No words can express how hard it is to begin again with nothing at 80+ years of age. GoFundMe link – https://gf.me/u/yyiggb
  • Steph Waaser shared this link tree of GoFundMe and PayPal accounts for OSF staff who lost everything. Most of these folks had also been laid off back in April due to the pandemic. They need all the help they can get: https://linktr.ee/memegarcia
  • Bridget Reynolds (from Ashland Art Center): Lost her home in Talent, Oregon along with all of her belongings and art work. She is going to have to start over from scratch: finding housing, getting clothes and toiletries, basic household items, as well as replacing her art supplies so she can continue to paint and create. She fled with the clothes she was wearing and a few personal items she grabbed when she left her home. She has selflessly volunteered for hospice, end of life care for many many years and could really use the community’s support to help her navigate the next steps to rebuild.  Funds raised here will be used only by Bridget to secure new housing, replace furniture, personal household goods, new clothing, toiletries, food and to get a paintbrush back in her hand. Many thanks to Patrick Beste, who donated art supplies to Bridget. We do not know at this time if she is stil in need of more. GoFundMe page: https://gf.me/u/yxykbf
  • Daniel Verner lost everything including his entire life’s work of art and all but one of his collection of musical instruments. We’ve been able to provide Daniel with art supplies to get him through this, but we had run out of acrylic paints by the time he made it to us. If you have acrylics you can share, please let us know. GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/verner-oregon-fire-relief/

More Heartbreaks and How You Can Help

We have learned that Cecilia Pestlin, a lovely artist who we met when she was associated with Art Presence, suffered a stroke in early August and wasn’t sure she would ever paint again. Then, on 8/19, her 102 year old mother died (not COVID-related). And THEN, she and her husband lost their home in the fire. Imagine going through either one of those second two events while trying to recover from a stroke!! They have a safe place to stay in Medford, but she is so deeply traumatized that she doesn’t want to talk to anyone. However, cards and letters are welcome (flat mail only, please). Her new address is PO Box 928, Talent, OR 97540. Whether or not you know her, and if you were affected by the fire or not, please send poor Cecilia a card and let her know she’s loved.

Free Association Gallery – Philippo LoGrande Fundraiser Saturday, November 14, 4–10 pm: We’ve all seen Philippo out painting the historic buildings of Ashland and Jacksonville. Well, his home burned down in August. Then he was diagnosed with inoperable, metastatic brain tumors. As a result, he has lost most cognitive function. He is now receiving treatment in California, and the friends who are caring for him need help covering his expenses—diagnostic tests, consultations, medicine, food and lodging—so this month’s event is a fundraiser to benefit Philippo and his caregivers. Please join us at 120 North 4th Street, Jacksonville, Oregon. Call 541-200-4184 to discuss ways you can help privately.

Almeda Fire Resources for Artists: Southern Oregon Artists Resource SOAR new logo

Float the Vote

Float the Vote is an Unstoppable Voters Project – a series of Center for Artistic Activism supported works that celebrate voting rights and counter voter suppression.

Float the Vote

Float the Vote calls upon individuals with mobile services, such as food or ice cream trucks, to “float” around specific voting districts in Detroit, increasing access to voting by providing: specific election information (i.e. polling location, polling hours, etc.), guidance towards helpful resources, and a place to register online/sign up for early, absentee, or mail-in voting. Additionally, after the polls close on Election Day, these trucks will embark on a celebratory parade through the city, which people can follow, to the Float the Vote Festival site where all can gather to patron and build community around the fact that “together, we were able to float the vote.” The objective is to cultivate engagement, fun, humor, joy, and community around voting and elections by meeting disenfranchised voters where they are rather than assuming they will make the sometimes sacrificial choice of voting on Election Day.  

Brandon Stuart, Project Creator & Co-Lead 
Christiana Beckley, Project Co-Lead
Donovan Weston, Project Ambassador
Sharazod Martin, Project Ambassador
John Hanson, Project Cinematographer


Brandon Stuart is, but not limited to, an interdisciplinary artist, technologist, and social theorist. His creative approach to learning has helped to interconnect his knowledge of multiple fields in order to achieve “vocational intersectionality” and garner further professional skill sets. Together these disciplines provide him the basis to work on projects that lend perspectives on how social innovation can evolve in tandem with technological innovation.

One thing he hopes individuals will gather from learning about his career trajectory is that a multidimensional, life-oriented engagement with the arts and academia can enable anyone to actualize their ultimate life goals through a combined artistic and scholastic mentality and perspective.

Christiana Laine (Beckley) is a filmmaker, writer, and multidisciplinary artist based in Detroit since 2014. Her work aims to dissect and reflect back the human experience through the lens of interconnection, shared experiences, and compassion. She hopes to address socio-economic inequalities and center social justice in all of her creative and professional endeavors.

Her favorite self-reflective questions are: What makes this beautiful? What makes this impactful? Is it wasteful? Is it relatable to people unlike me? 

Unstoppable Voter Projects Throughout the Country Will Bring Art and Entertainment to Voters and Polling Places; Artists Hope to Inspire Others in Their Own Communities

In this contentious election season, many people are wondering how we can move past division and tension to celebrate democracy and our freedom to vote. Artists, in the business of storytelling and culture-making, are working around the country to turn the focus to honoring and encouraging participation in our democratic process. With this in mind, the Center for Artistic Activism created the Unstoppable Voter Project. We funded 11 of the most ambitious, innovative collaborations between artists and civic organizations seeking to increase voter engagement after receiving more than 100 applications. Artistic events will take place nationwide, with a focus on states where voters are facing barriers to the polls.

Courting Voters with Court Fees

Courting Voters with Court Fees in North Carolina is an Unstoppable Voters Project – a series of Center for Artistic Activism supported works that celebrate voting rights and counter voter suppression.

Courting Voters with Court Fees in North Carolina

On September 4th, 2020, a North Carolina court ruled that court fees could no longer bar otherwise eligible voters from contributing their voice to the election. Every vote in North Carolina matters and these newly eligible voters need to know their rights. Courting Voters with Court Fees in North Carolina invites those with court fees to check their voting eligibility and prepare to vote through billboards, bus ads, chalked steps from the jail to an early voting site, and physical invitations passed by local performers downtown. You’re invited!

Facilitators: Rebekah Miel, Eliza Salmon, MPP
Contributors: Bree L. Davis, MPA, Social Media Phobia Solutions; Gabriela Amaya-Baron, ArtCultured.com; JP Jermaine Powell, jermainepowell.com; Ebony West


Eliza Salmon, MPP: The daughter of an accountant turned public servant, and a disc-jockey turned background investigator, Eliza knows shapeshifting well.

In the daylight she is a policy researcher; at night she is a tinkerer in various mediums, primarily acrylic paints. A troublemaker from a young age, scolded in drawing class for working too independently, she never quite followed anyone’s instructions. After filling weekends painting portraits of friends in her small house in Durham, NC, she grew restless as the election approached and tried to put her artistic and policy skills to good use. This opportunity is her first formal artistic activism venture. Web: elizasalmon.com  Instagram: expandintobeing

Rebekah Miel is that lone pair of headlights driving in the opposite direction during a hurricane evacuation.

You’ll no longer find her sweating through a Tyvek suit in the lower 9th or eating curry in a refugee camp in Unawatuna, but that doesn’t mean she’s any less risk-averse. These days she’s balancing the death-defying feat of raising twins with being a good citizen in her adopted hometown of Durham, NC. Her current job title is Creative Director of her own shop, Miel Design Studio where she spends most of her time trying to make beautiful sense out of a complex world. Ask her what that means, but don’t be surprised if the answer has something to do with trees or books or school lunch.

Unstoppable Voter Projects Throughout the Country Will Bring Art and Entertainment to Voters and Polling Places; Artists Hope to Inspire Others in Their Own Communities

In this contentious election season, many people are wondering how we can move past division and tension to celebrate democracy and our freedom to vote. Artists, in the business of storytelling and culture-making, are working around the country to turn the focus to honoring and encouraging participation in our democratic process. With this in mind, the Center for Artistic Activism created the Unstoppable Voter Project. We funded 11 of the most ambitious, innovative collaborations between artists and civic organizations seeking to increase voter engagement after receiving more than 100 applications. Artistic events will take place nationwide, with a focus on states where voters are facing barriers to the polls.

Drawing out the Vote

Drawing out the Vote is an Unstoppable Voters Project – a series of Center for Artistic Activism supported works that celebrate voting rights and counter voter suppression.

Drawing out the Vote

Drawing Out The Vote is a voter mobilization campaign and project series including videos, installations, artist-designed “I Voted” buttons, and other actions focused in Georgia. Created and directed by Gabrielle Mertz, the project involves creative community members from across Georgia, including Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. (from HBO’s Watchmen), typographic artist Mark Addison Smith, and others.

Join In and Take Part!

Volunteer in Georgia to hand out beautifully designed I VOTED buttons in front of early voting locations & deliver buttons to community centers & other venues! Click above for more info & to sign up for a slot.

Created and directed by Gabrielle Mertz


Gabrielle Mertz is an artist and public policy & nonprofit adviser. As a visual artist and director/choreographer, she has created exhibitions, performances, and site-specific installations on stages, on tour, and on film. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and internationally, including at the Cultural Olympiad, New Museum, Cultural Center of Krakow, American Dance Festival, and High Museum, with commissions/awards from the Rauschenberg Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, and Netherland-America Foundation, among others. Her work on policy and cultural strategy with campaigns, nonprofit organizations, and international institutions includes The Coalition for the International Criminal Court, The Carter Presidential Center, Obama for America, The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and International Rescue Committee, among others. 

Unstoppable Voter Projects Throughout the Country Will Bring Art and Entertainment to Voters and Polling Places; Artists Hope to Inspire Others in Their Own Communities

In this contentious election season, many people are wondering how we can move past division and tension to celebrate democracy and our freedom to vote. Artists, in the business of storytelling and culture-making, are working around the country to turn the focus to honoring and encouraging participation in our democratic process. With this in mind, the Center for Artistic Activism created the Unstoppable Voter Project. We funded 11 of the most ambitious, innovative collaborations between artists and civic organizations seeking to increase voter engagement after receiving more than 100 applications. Artistic events will take place nationwide, with a focus on states where voters are facing barriers to the polls.

October 2020 Deadlines – Updated

October/November 2020 Art Deadlines

November 02, 2020 – ARTISTS NETWORK | OVER 60 ART COMPETITION Early Bird Deadline: October 5th, 2020 Showcase your talent by entering this exciting competition, brought to you by Artists Magazine. This contest is for artists age 60+ working in all traditional art media. Enter today for your chance to be published in our April 2021 issue of Artists Magazine! Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/2Zm5oTM

November 18, 2020 – 10TH ANNUAL “OPEN” (NO THEME) ONLINE ART COMPETITION Licle VIII – Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3bLqUVh

November 30, 2020 – SLOWART PRODUCTIONS | EMERGING ARTISTS 2021 The 29th annual competition

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Calling all Artists – Art in Motion 2021

The City of Grants Pass, in partnership with JCT Bus and Sponsorship from Republic Services, is happy to inform you that Art in Motion will continue in 2021.

Deadline for submissions is December 2, 2020 3 PM.

Prospectus and application requirements.

Art in Motion for 2021

Prospectus:

The City of Grants Pass Committee on Public Art (CoPA) invites artists 18 years of age and older to submit original artwork in any 2-D or 3-D media with the exception of video/film, installation or performance art for Art in Motion.

This public art project is essentially a gallery on wheels; artwork is displayed on 54” x 34” vinyl print on both side of one of the Josephine Community Transit buses. The art is there to engage people, expand public art visibility, create opportunities for the community to experience art in everyday life and enhance the overall artistic climate of the City

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2 minutes to midnight

2 minutes to midnight: an extravaganza People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy

2 minutes to midnight is a worldwide celebration of the arts and activism inspired by People Get Ready – a book about the future that is now. Read a chapter, read it all, feel what inspires and create work to share online from January to July 2021 and as part of an international festival in September ’21. Now’s the time to transcend manipulated political divides, outflank mass media and create works that touch our common humanity.

2 minutes to midnight Activate your art. Share your vision. Shift the story.

How can any type of artist contribute to the transition beyond capitalism?

2m2m is a platform for artists and activists to share works inspired by People Get Ready online between January and July 2021.

People Get Ready is about rapidly

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Project Your Vote

Project Your Vote is an Unstoppable Voters Project – a series of Center for Artistic Activism supported works that celebrate voting rights and counter voter suppression. Project Your Vote Project Your Vote uses original, moving video footage and high powered projectors to project video on or near large polling places and drop boxes in major […]

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Delivering Democracy

Delivering Democracy is an Unstoppable Voters Project – a series of Center for Artistic Activism supported works that celebrate voting rights and counter voter suppression. Delivering Democracy Imagine troupes of dancing mailboxes, amusing people in public spaces in different towns all across Pennsylvania, and then giving out flyers with useful and accurate information about how […]

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Cirque d’Vote

Cirque d’Vote is an Unstoppable Voters Project – a series of Center for Artistic Activism supported works that celebrate voting rights and counter voter suppression. Emergency Circus presents Cirque d’Vote This election season the Emergency Circus is enlivening polling places across the nation with Cirque d’Vote, an initiative to put the fun back in fundamental […]

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Museum News Mid-October 2020

Click here to visit our website Announcing the Membership Exhibit 2020 The exhibition department has decided to try and have a membership exhibit this year. It will be different from those in the past. We will only be able to display one piece of art per member and there is a limit of 60 pieces for the exhibit. Here’s how it will work: Contact the museum and make a reservation to bring in your artwork. We will be able to have two people in the museum every 15 minutes to finalize paperwork and pay the hanging fee. ($20) Dates for art drop off are: November 5 (Thursday) from noon until 3pm November 6 (Friday) from noon until 3pm November 7 (Saturday) from 10am – 1pm You can call and reserve your time slot now. The end of the reservation period is October 23. This is a first come first

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