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2016 Oregon Arts Summit to address “Arts in Action”

2016 Oregon Arts Summit to address “Arts in Action”

“Arts in Action,” art as a medium for addressing problems and strengthening communities, is the theme for the 2016 Oregon Arts Summit, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis.
Featured 2016 Oregon Arts Summit speakers include keynote Tim Carpenter of EngAGE, educator and artist Walidah Imarisha, “Last Supper” artist Julie Green and artist MOsley WOtta.

In addition, Oregon arts leaders will present “Insight Talks” about their experiences effecting positive change through the arts: Terry Inokuma and Nick Rivard of Samaritan Health Services; Bruce Burris of OUTPOST1000/ArtWorks; Liora Sponko from Lane Arts Council; Cheryl Snow of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance; Chrystal Figueroa and Stephen Marc Beaudoin from PHAME; and Seth Truby of BRAVO Youth Orchestras. Each will host round table discussions following their talks.

Walidah Imarisha
The 2016 Oregon Arts Summit also will showcase local dance, poetry and musical performances. Oct. 6 pre-conference activities include a tour of art and healing solutions at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; a self-guided Corvallis Arts Walk featuring 13 different galleries and studios; and themed dinners with Oregon Arts Commissioners and staff.
Registration for the 2016 Oregon Arts Summit is $95 general and $25 for students.  To apply, register or learn more visit

Read a recent Arts Summit story by the Corvallis Gazette/Albany Herald.
2016 Oregon Arts Summit : Daniel Robinson painting exhibited in governor's office
Daniel Robinson. Early Light, 2016. Oil on canvas 30×54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Charles A. Hartman Fine Art.

Daniel Robinson’s “Close to Home” exhibited in Governor’s Office
Painter Daniel Robinson of Fossil, Oregon, will exhibit “Close to Home” in the Governor’s Office at the Salem Capitol Building through Nov. 11.
“Close to Home” presents large-scale oil paintings of rural Oregon landscapes-both natural and those affected by human presence. While depicting contemporary views of rural Oregon, Robinson’s paintings harken to the social realism of the 1920s and 1930s when artists depicted the everyday life of the American working class. With a richness of color, strongly defined lighting and a subdued sense of presence, Robinson’s paintings evoke a profound beauty and compel contemplation.
Read the news release.
Grant alert!
20 groups receive Arts Learning grants


The wind section of BRAVO Youth Orchestras.
Congratulations to the 20 Oregon arts organizations who will share $192,938 in FY 2017 Arts Learning grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

The grants support projects to expand opportunities for K-12 students to learn in and through the arts. Applications are evaluated based on project quality and scope, project preparation and evaluation of student learning.
Arts Learning grants were awarded to: Architecture Foundation of Oregon; Arts in Education of the Gorge; Caldera; Fishtrap; Know Your City; Lane Arts Council; Literary Arts; Miracle Theatre Group; Oregon Ballet Theatre; Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras; Oregon Children’s Theatre; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Oregon Symphony; Portland Art Museum; Portland Opera; Portland Playhouse; Regional Arts & Culture Council; Ross Ragland Theater; Stories Alive; and The Arts Center of Corvallis.
Read the full release.
Reminder: Fall grant deadlines
Arts Build Communities grants provide $3,000 to $7,000 matching support funds to arts and other community-based organizations for projects that address a local community problem, issue or need through an arts-based solution. More information can be found here. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, for projects taking place in 2017.

The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Funding Program, managed by the Arts Commission, helps visual arts institutions with publicly accessible collections acquire seminal works by Oregon visual artists. The effort preserves public access to great works and supports artists and the institutions that sustain their work. More information can be found here. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.
Individual Artist Fellowships honor Oregon’s professional artists and their artistic achievements and supports their efforts to advance their career. FY2017 awards are open to artists in the performing arts. More information can be found here. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17.
Oregon to host the 2017 NASAA Leadership Institute
As part of the 2016 National Association of State Arts Agencies Assembly in Grand Rapids, Michigan, last week, Arts Commission Immediate Past Chair Julie Vigeland and Executive Director Brian Rogers announced that the 2017 NASAA Leadership Institute will be held in Portland, Oregon, Oct. 11-13.

The semiannual gathering is tailored to the learning and networking needs of top state arts agency leaders. Leadership Institutes are retreat-like convenings involving about 150 agency appointees and staff. The smaller scale lends Leadership Institutes to in-depth discussions and high quality connections with your colleagues from around the nation.

Stay tuned for more details.

Julie Vigeland (right) and Brian Rogers at the 2016 NASAA Assembly in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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