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2/24/14 News from the Oregon Art Commission

February 24, 2014
Executive Director search launched
Thank you to everyone who participated in our public survey to identify the needed attributes of the next executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. A public meeting was held on February 24, 2014 and the job posting was approved and adopted. The search is now open! Applications due by the end of the day on March 13.
For additional information on the requirements and desired attributes for the position please view the complete announcement.  This announcement can be found at the following website:

Celebrate poetry in our schools


Meet Breanna Ryder, a student at the Oregon School for the Deaf who won her school’s Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition last week. She moves on to one of three regional POL competitions, scheduled for March 8 in Ashland, Beaverton and Salem. The top three finishers from each regional event advance to the state finals, scheduled for March 14 in Salem; Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen will be one of the judges.
Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students offered in collaboration with the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry. Close to 30 Oregon schools are participating this year.


Congratulations to Breanna and all our 2014 Poetry Out Loud champions! For a complete schedule of regional events, follow the link below and click on “Contest Details.”

Exploring the Leadership Path March 7

Exploring the Leadership Path is an interactive half-day conference hosted by the University of Oregon Arts & Administration Program, offering you the opportunity to hear from and engage with local arts and culture sector leaders. This interactive conference is designed to give you an intimate look at the leadership journey of prominent leaders making a difference in their organizations and communities.


Registration is required so please register now to secure your spot.
Poet Laureate
  Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen
Nominations sought for next poet laureate
Seeking “a bold and articulate voice for culture across the state,” the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Humanities and Oregon State Library jointly request nominations for Oregon’s next poet laureate. Paulann Petersen, who has served since 2010, completes her second term in April 2014. The nominating period runs through Feb. 28th.
You’re invited to conversations with funders
The Oregon Cultural Trust and its partners are convening CONVERSATIONS WITH FUNDERS: ARTS, HERITAGE AND HUMANITIES. These workshops will help you LEARN about grants, resources and services that could be of value to your organization, SHARE your ideas, needs and initiatives and CONNECT with other cultural organizations and efforts in your area. The workshops will take place throughout the state beginning Thursday, March 6 through Thursday, April 17, 2014. For specific locations, dates and times check the Cultural Trust’s web site beginning Thursday, February 27. New applicants are strongly encouraged to attend these free grant conversations.
Capacity building training and consultancy

A special two-year training and consultancy program, Capacity Building: Portland, is being offered beginning this Spring.   Arts and cultural organizations within a 50-mile radius of Portland and with operating budgets of $150,000+ are eligible to apply.  Ten organizations will be selected to participate in this intensive, hands-on program and will benefit from the expertise of senior staff of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center and a pool of seasoned advisors from across the United States.  There is no fee required if your organization is selected to participate.  However, each organization’s executive director, artistic director (or comparable staff member) and board chair (or senior board member) will be expected to attend each of the 5 seminars over the two-year period.  The first seminar is scheduled for Monday, April 28.  The remaining four dates will be scheduled at that time in consultation with the participant organizations.
Capacity Building:  Portland is supported by a funder-collective of the region’s foundations formed for this purpose:  Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Oregon Community Foundation, and the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.  Their shared goal is in helping area organizations find new and better ways in which to support their respective missions to meet the cultural needs of our community.

Upcoming grant deadlines


Deadlines are rapidly approaching for two of the Commission’s grant programs. Applications for Art Acquisition Funding must be received by March 25; Arts Learning grant proposals are due by April 1 (note revised deadline); Career Opportunity applications are due by April 7.

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