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Arts Summit in Southern Oregon and more from the Oregon Arts Commission

Plan now for Arts Summit in Southern Oregon

As previously announced, the 2015 Arts Summit will take place in Southern Oregon. Now scheduled in Ashland on Friday, Oct. 2, the summit will be held at the newly renovated Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites. The agenda will address both statewide and regional topics.


Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites
One of the largest hotel and conference spaces in Southern Oregon, the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites – formerly the Windmill Inn – reopened last fall. A limited number of rooms is available at a special $109 rate; to reserve call 541-482-8310 or toll-free 855-482-8310 and request the special group rate for the Oregon Arts Commission Arts Summit.

Details on the summit content and schedule will be shared as it is developed.


34 Oregon groups receive $200,000 in ABC grants

Art as a medium to rally community around a shared need is reflected in 34 Oregon projects awarded a total of $200,000 in 2015 Arts Build Communities grants.


Vacant downtown storefronts become celebrations of community in Corvallis; youth fulfill treatment requirements by sharing their stories through pictures or performance in Clackamas County; and in Enterprise, Fishtrap inspires 1,700 people to read Luis Alberto Urrea’s “Into the Beautiful North” before engaging in discussions, events and activities that explore Latino issues.


Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through a funding partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


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A participant in Youth Arts for Change, a program of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, learns how to make an original screen print.


Building Public Will research set for unveiling  

Oregon is one of four pilot sites for a national research project, Building Public Will, designed to explore opportunities for arts and culture to be sustainable, accessible and celebrated parts of our lives.


The research included a national survey with over-sampling in Oregon, as well as focus groups and executive interviews. It examined the core underlying values that people associate with arts and culture as well as the best ways to communicate those values.


A briefing to share findings and garner feedback will be held from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Sondland Durant Trustee Room at the Portland Art Museum. Seating is limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Rob Sassor at [email protected] if you plan to attend. To join by phone, dial 877-868-6863 and enter passcode 905297#.


The project is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, Meyer Memorial Trust, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Oregon Arts Commission.


The other pilot sites are Michigan, Minnesota and San Jose, Calif.


Brown bag to address project evaluation 

Join the Arts Commission’s Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator, and Brian Wagner, community development coordinator, for a free brown-bag event exploring arts and culture project evaluation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, at University of Oregon’s White Stag building, located at 70 NW Couch in Portland.


Hosted by the Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN) and presented by the U of O Arts and Administration Program, the event will include a panel presentation about three statewide evaluation and learning projects currently under way followed by a facilitated discussion. One of the programs to be discussed is the Arts Commission’s Connecting Students to the World of Work initiative.


Webinar scheduled for Arts Learning Grants 

Interested in Arts Learning Grants but have some questions? An informational webinar for non-profit arts organizations interested in learning more about the program is set for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19. Learn about eligibility requirements, qualities of a strong proposal and the new final report questions.

Register for the free one-hour webinar here.


The deadline for Arts Learning grant applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.

My Voice Music, a 2015 Arts Learning Grant recipient.


Grant news: Upcoming deadlines

Deadlines are coming up soon for Arts Recognition and Career Opportunity grants. Arts Recognition Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Career Opportunity Grant applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31.


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