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Student Featured Artists, Nancy Graham and People’s Choice Contest

Art du Jour Gallery Medford, OR April 2018

Nancy Graham's painting Duke of the Desert

People’s Choice- Mixed Media

Art du Jour is now accepting entries for the “People’s Choice” mixed media contest. March 31 is the deadline.  Visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite art work. The winning art work will win $50 and a prize ribbon.  Call the gallery to register or come by to pick up an entry form. There is a $20.00 entry fee.  Please call for further information.   The contest artists will be honored at our Medford Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on April 20, 5 to 8 pm.  Due to a light turnout, the Oil and Acrylic contest schedule for March had to be canceled.
May will be our popular photography “People’s Choice”  and potential contestants should take special note that the contest will be part of our Art in Bloom exhibit. Space will be limited. Like our Facebook page for updates on entry rules and guidelines.

Student Featured Artists

April’s featured wall at Art du Jour will be a presentation of area student artists. The show will exhibit students (ages 10-19) of professional artist Charity Hubbard.  It promises to be impressive and inspiring. The reception will be a unique opportunity to encourage young and budding artists.
This is Charity’s 10th year of offering classes, rotating in subjects of study. These classes are offered to youth and adults. Her philosophy and teaching methods take a classical approach as it builds study and skill upon each other, beginning with foundational concepts.
Plan to drop by our gallery in April and enjoy this unique show featuring so many accomplished, passionate and dedicated young artists!  Most artwork will be for sale.

Nancy Graham is the featured Salon artist at Art du Jour Gallery for the months of April and May.

Nancy Graham at Art du Jour
Nancy has always been passionate about art in all forms and styles, as evidenced by the variety of subjects she likes to paint, and the varied approach to each. She was always encouraged by her mother, who was a well-known artist in California and an art instructor at Dominican College in San Rafael a number of years ago. Although her background is painting with oils and acrylic, her current passion is teaching watercolor at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, where her classes remain full year-round. She tells us that the real thrill comes from the delight her students find when the composition comes together and there is a sudden spurt of confidence. She pushes strong value shifts of light and dark, telling her students over and over, “The deeper the shadows, the stronger the light will be.”
She teaches that there is more to a successful piece of art than the basic fundamentals of art theory, and she likes to experiment with a variety of styles and approaches as evidenced by the selection of pieces that will be showing at Art du Jour. Florals, landscapes, abstracts, still life’s and even a motorcycles engine are the subjects she’s chosen to show. She’s always excited to try something new and is challenged by the possibilities that watercolor brings to her artwork. However, if one were to ask her what she likes to do best, she would probably reply that she likes to paint “close-ups” where she can use her small brushes to bring out the finest details of her subjects.
Nancy holds a secondary teaching credential and art degree from UC Davis, and is a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists, the Rogue Gallery, a past President of Josephine County Artists Association and a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

BREAKING NEWS: NEA Receives Funding Increase!

We have breaking news out of Washington, D.C. today.  Congress has released their final funding plan for FY 2018, and it is great news!

Congress is proposing to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) each at $152.8 million. This is a funding increase of $3 million to support more direct grants and expand access to creative arts therapies for the military.

This final budget is in stark contrast to a year ago, when the Endowments were facing a proposed termination by the President — the first ever!  Since then, our #SAVEtheNEAcampaign has togetherBREAKING NEWS: NEA Receives Funding Increase! resulted in hundreds of thousands of calls, emails, local op-eds, expanded research, newspaper ads, and office visits.

Your advocacy, your persistence, and your time has made a difference. Congress has now decided to invest more funding into the arts.

This support from members of Congress in both parties is a testament that the arts are bipartisan.

NEA grant money is distributed to all 50 states and U.S. territories, and 65 percent of NEA grants goes to small and medium-sized organizations.More, over 40 percent of NEA-supported efforts are in high-poverty neighborhoods.

Communicating this important work has led to the third consecutive year of funding increases for the NEA. It is also the second time in a row that a Republican-led Congress has reversed a request from President Trump to cut our cultural agencies’ funding.

In fact, in the budget plan released today, none of our nation’s arts and cultural agencies incurred a budget cut. All of them received funding increases for this year (see chart below).

Final FY 2018 Federal Funding for Key Arts Agencies & Programs
Key Federally Funded Arts Program/Agency
(in $ millions)
President Trump’s
Proposal
U.S. House 
Proposal
U.S. Senate 
Committee Proposal 
Final
FY 2018 Funding
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) *Termination $145 $150 $152.8
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) *Termination $145 $150 $152.8
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) *Termination $231 $235 $240
Corporation for Public Broadcasting *Termination $445
(plus $0 for interconnection system)
$445
(plus $20 for interconnection system)
$445
(plus $20 for interconnection system)
Assistance for Arts Education $0 $0 $27 $27
Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants $0 $500 $450 $1,100
Smithsonian Institution $947 $885 $878­ $1,043
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts $36.7 $36.7 $36.7 $40.5
Save America’s Treasures $0 $4 $3 $13
Educational and Cultural Exchange programs $285 $591 $634 $646
Community Development Block Grants $0 $2,900 $3,000 $3,300

What’s Next

Today and tomorrow, the House and Senate are expected to vote on this agreement, and the President is expected to sign it into law. This will bring a final close to FY 2018—a long and bumpy roller coaster ride, and delivered 5 months late.

Going forward, both Endowments received that same termination proposal in the new budget request for FY 2019. However, the year is already off to a great start. Last week, the

Congressional Arts Caucus co-Chair Rep. Louise Slaughter inspiring the 2013 Arts Advocacy Day attendees!  Remember her full remarks here.

co-chairs of the Congressional Arts Caucus, Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) led a bipartisan letter calling for “at least $155 million” in FY 2019.

For the fifth consecutive year, that annual “Dear Colleague” letter has once again set a new record for the number of signatures—166 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed this letter!

We are humbled and grateful, and also mindful that we will sorely miss the leadership over many decades of Rep. Louise Slaughter, who passed away on Friday, March 16. Rep. Slaughter set an example for us all about how to work hard for causes you believe in. We are all so grateful for her tremendous work on behalf of the arts and arts education. You can read Americans for the Arts’ full statement here.

We are also thankful to the more than 650 arts advocates who were just in Washington, D.C. for the 31st annual Arts Advocacy Day on March 12-13 and made more than 300 office visits. Our strategy was to keep asking for $155 million. That has been the consensus ask of the arts and arts education field represented each year at Arts Advocacy Day—every year now for the past 6 years. Your work is not in vain. Advocacy works!

Keep the pressure on. Measured by just emails, advocates sent more than 194,300 #SAVEtheNEA campaign emails to Congress. Your work will be needed to ensure that the latest proposal from the Trump Administration in FY 2019 is again defeated this year. Thank you for being an arts advocate.

Help us continue this important work by also becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund.  If you are not already a member, play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today – it’s free and easy to join.


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Victory! The voices of arts advocates were heard on Capitol Hill.

Tonight (3/21/18), Congress released the details of its delayed current year FY 2018 Omnibus spending bill. I am pleased to share that arts advocates like you helped convince Congress to reject President Trump’s proposal to terminate the nation’s cultural agencies. In fact, Congress has allocated an INCREASE in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to$152.849 million each. Please check our blog post for a detailed list of of Omnibus allocations to each of the federal cultural agencies and arts education programs.

This victory is such a fitting tribute to last week’s passing of Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair Representative Louise Slaughter, who spent her career in Congress fighting for the arts. She had most recently co-authored an Arts Advocacy Day “Dear Colleague” letter to her fellow Members of Congress recruiting a record number of 166 House Democrats and Republicans to sign a joint letter to House Appropriators to increase arts funding in America.

Together, Arts Action Fund members provided a strong  and united voice for the arts:

  • Grassroots arts advocates sent close to 200,000 messages to Members of Congress, thousands more signed our petitions and visited their elected Representatives and Senators.
  • Our Arts Action Fund PAC was incredibly effective in educating and supporting key leaders in Congress to take an important stand on the arts.
  • Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA), soundly rejected President Trump’s attempt to terminate our nation’s cultural agencies.
  • Persuasive and timely ads were placed in political publications during key decision times to inform Members of Congress about the latest research on the economic power of the arts.

While we celebrate this victory today, we still need your support as we face continued threats from the Trump Administration to eliminate next year’s FY 2019 NEA funding. We need to keep the pressure on Congress. Please consider contributing to the Arts Action Fund PAC so we can continue to educate incumbents and the next generation of elected leaders, especially as mid-term elections approach in November.

Congratulations on a job well done!  Your advocacy has helped preserve funding stability for the nonprofit arts organizations in your state and community this year.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director


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Exhibit Uncovers Truth, Gives Voice to Black Pioneers

Oregon Archives Exhibit, “Black in Oregon, 1840-1870”

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 Secretary of State

DENNIS RICHARDSON

The State of Oregon


900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310  –  [email protected]


Secretary Richardson

Oregon Archives Exhibit, 

“Black in Oregon, 1840-1870”

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When each of us give the Pledge of Allegiance, we place our hand over our heart and promise, “liberty and justice for all.” As your Secretary of State, I have accepted the challenge to promote liberty and justice for all Oregonians. I am doing this through small business assistance, in the Corporations Division, through voter outreach in Elections, through exposing government waste in Audits, and through civics lessons and exhibits in Archives.

To obtain liberty and justice for all Oregonians requires a recognition and clear understanding of the history of Oregon minority populations, who have suffered repression, discrimination, and persecution throughout Oregon’s history.

February is Black History Month. For the past year, Oregon’s State Archivist Mary Beth Herkert, Citizen Engagement and Inclusion Coordinator Larry Morgan, Oregon Black Pioneers Secretary Gwen Carr, along with key staff members of the Oregon State Archives, have worked and researched a first-of-its-kind exhibit focusing on African-American families who were part of Oregon’s pioneer heritage, from 1840-1870.

The exhibit is located at the Oregon Archives Building in Salem and is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8:00am-4:45pm until August 24, 2018. The exhibit features stories, photos, and documents of early black pioneers in the Pacific Northwest. The Oregon State Constitution will also be on display.

For the first time in Oregon history, we have unveiled an exhibit written through the eyes of black Oregonians, for the benefit of all Oregonians.

Why is this important? With Oregon’s long history of racial inequality and prejudice, this exhibit uncovers the truth and uses the records in the Oregon State Archives. It gives voice to the brave and resilient black pioneers who overcame incredible barriers to make a life for themselves and their families in Oregon. This exhibit also seeks to challenge the rising generation of Oregonians to learn about the black pioneers, read their stories, and recognize that discrimination continues today.

For instance, did you know the Oregon Constitution, written in 1857, contained exclusionary language barring African-Americans from Oregon? Also enacted during this time were various laws prohibiting property ownership, prohibiting interracial marriage, prohibiting settlement by African-Americans in Oregon, and instituting lash laws (the public beating of blacks until they left Oregon). Despite these discriminatory barriers, African-Americans did settle in Oregon. Some came of their own accord, while others were brought as slaves. The Constitution’s Exclusionary Clause was finally removed in 1926 by Ballot Measure 3 (the vote was 108,332 to 64,954). In 2002, Ballot Measure 14 passed with 71% of the vote and removed all lingering racist language from the Oregon Constitution.

The “Black in Oregon, 1840-1870” exhibit is worth a visit to the Oregon State Archives building in Salem. I hope that schools will plan field trips to see this exhibit so students can have a firsthand experience learning about this important aspect in Oregon history. The exhibit is a great source of civics education and reminds us that, although we have come a long way on the path of freedom and equality, we still have much to do if we truly are committed to “liberty and justice for all.”

The Oregon State Archives building is located at 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310.

Federal Arts Funding, Arts Education and Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts                  - Arts Action Fund
              

It’s time for members to cast their annual 2018 Arts Policy Vote.

Arts Advocacy Day is just around the corner on March 12, 2018. The Arts Action Fund would like to join 90+ national arts partners with a unified message to Congress. Please cast your vote on these three policy agendas for 2018. Click below to vote and you’ll also be given an option to make your annual gift to the Arts Action Fund Political Action Committee (PAC) to support our legislative efforts.

Thanks,

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

P.S.  Please cast your vote by March 12, 2018. 

Grants, Winners, Poetry and Exhibit News from OAC February 2018

February 2018

News & Updates

A new Arts Commissioner, lots of grant news and a powerful new exhibition in the Governor’s Office — plus a preview of the 2018 Poetry Out Loud contest!

Matt Stringer appointed to Arts Commission

Matthew Stringer, the executive director of Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum​ in Ontario, Oregon, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Governor Kate Brown​. Stringer fills the position previously held by Libby Unthank Tower, who completed her second four-year term in December.
Matthew Stringer

Jess Perlitz named 2018 Joan Shipley Fellow

Jess Perlitz, a Portland-based artist working in sculpture, performance and drawing, is the 2018 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission’s honorary Joan Shipley Award.
Perlitz leads a group of 19 Oregon artists selected from a pool of more than 120 applicants from 23 Oregon cities for the Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowships.
Jess Perlitz, That Which is Set Before the Eyes, 2015. Concrete, foam, office furniture, paint.

Motoya Nakamura exhibits in Governor’s Office

Portland artist Motoya Nakamura is exhibiting “Images of the 442nd: Nisei Japanese American WWII Veterans and Their Continuing Legacy” in Governor Kate Brown​’s Office at the Oregon State Capitol​ in Salem now through April 4.
Motoya Nakamura, Kenny Namba, 2009, archival pigment print, 30 x 24 inches.

Poetry Out Loud winners named

Congratulations to Jaden Schiffhaur and Leopold Westrey, the first and second place finishers in the Feb. 12 Poetry Out Loud contest at Lincoln High School!
Jaden will represent Lincoln Saturday, March 3, at the Portland Regional Contest at Lewis and Clark College. Regional contests also are scheduled that day at Rogue Community College in Medford and at Willamette University in Salem.
Jaden Schiffhaur (left) and Leopold Westry (right) took first and second place in the Lincoln High School Poetry Out Loud contest Feb. 12.

Arts Learning grants announced

Congratulations to the 20 Oregon arts organizations sharing $193,001 in FY 2018 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants! The grants, ranging from $4,451 to $12,046, support arts education projects now under way across the state.
Teacher Bari Frimkess leads a recorder class for students in the Phoenix/Talent school district as part of an Arts Learning project led by the Rogue Valley Symphony Association.

Small Operating grants announced

Congratulations to the 79 small Oregon arts organizations to receive FY2018 operating support from the Oregon Arts Commission! Awarded to arts organizations in 29 towns and cities across the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide operating support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000.
A Corvallis Guitar Society event..

Arts Build Communities grants announced

Congratulations to the 33 projects awarded $209,400 in 2018 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Build Communities grants! Arts Build Communities projects use the arts as a means of addressing community need. They target broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences in Oregon. More than half of this year’s awards go to communities outside of the Portland area.
A studnet shows off her ring prowess during a Circus Project workshop.

Conversations with Funders and Partners happening now

More than $5 million in funding will be on the table when Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner joins with colleagues from the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Partners and other funders for “Conversations with Funders and Partners,” a 14-stop state tour. Attendees will learn about grant programs available from multiple grantmakers and will have the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming. Other statewide programming resources also will be presented.
A 2017 Conversations with Funders event in Eugene.

Happy 55th to the Corvallis Art Center

January marked the 55th anniversary of the opening of the Corvallis Art Center. We are proud of your longstanding service to the greater Corvallis community!
Corvallis Art Center.
Oregon Arts Commission | Phone 503-986-0082 | www.oregonartscommission.org

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits - News

 

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Above: Detail of  SAWYER TOOK A CHANCE by Kathy Morawiec

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits – News

Rogue Gallery will be closed Saturday, April 8th for the Pear Blossom Festival.

IN THE MAIN GALLERY

2017 ARTIST TEEN MENTORING PROJECT

April 14– April 28, 2017

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News: 2017 Artist Teen Mentoring Project

Reception: Friday, April 21, 5–8pm

This exhibition is a culmination of Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual Artist Teen Mentoring Project that pairs professional artists with Rogue Valley high school students for intensive study and interaction. On display is the creative work of both teens and mentoring artists, which includes painting in acrylic and oil, assemblage, printmaking, pen and ink, charcoal, and sculpture.

 

Through the program, the students learn new techniques to use in their work, how to present their work in an exhibit, and gain insight to the life of a professional artist. Teen artists had the opportunity to work with an established artist to create art in a variety of media. To be accepted into the program, the teens went through an application process that included a portfolio review, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. The selected students for the program spent ten weeks with their mentors, learning and practicing techniques and preparing their work for display. The time, talent, and dedication are evident in the quality of artwork on display that includes abstract, expressionism, impressionism, and realistic styles.

 

Mentor artists are Jenny Calaba, Sheri Dinardi, David Masters, Nancy Jo Mullen, and Silvia Trujillo. Students are from Cascade, Eagle Point, Logos Charter, South Medford, and St. Mary’s high school, and include Emma Bennion, Maia Bierwirth, Christina Cannon, Alyssa Dunham, Brieann Fitch, Matt Hearon, Alyssa Patterson, and Sophia Von Haden.

Sponsored by:

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News : Sponsored by Rogue Disposal & Recycling

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IN THE COMMUNITY GALLERY
Elementary Arts Outreach Student Show

April 7–April 21, 2017Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News: Elementary Outreach 2017

Reception: Friday, April 21, 5–8pm

Artwork by local 5th grade students in the Rogue Gallery’s outreach program.

Sponsored by the Lichtenwalner Family

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IN THE BERRYMAN GALLERY

In Full Bloom: Kathy Morawiec

March 30 – May 23, 2017

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News - Kathy Morawiec

Klamath Falls artist Kathy Morawiec’s paintings of flowers
showcase her exuberant colors and brushwork.

The Berryman Gallery is located upstairs at the Craterian Theater.
You may visit the gallery before the Craterian’s performances;
see www.craterian.org/calendar for dates.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES 

Color Theory for Painters with Craig HoneycuttRogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News: color theory for painters with Craig Honeycutt
This fun and informative workshop is perfect for beginning artists who want to gain an understanding of the natural behavior of color. Students will learn the seven characteristics of color through a series of exciting watercolor paintings.
Saturdays April 15 & 22, 10am-2pm

Register here>>

Announcements from other Organizations

CALL TO ARTISTS for ROGUE VALLEY BIENNIAL 2017 June 1—July 27
As is the tradition of long-standing biennial exhibitions the Rogue Valley Biennial will present the “art of our time.” The Rogue Valley Biennial is a forum for the cultivation, understanding, and appreciation of regional contemporary art.
Awards: Three (3) $200 Jurors’ Choice Awards will be given on June 2.
This year the Biennial will be held at the Grants Pass Museum of Art. For information see their website www.gpmuseum.com

 

Call the Gallery for more info: (541) 772-8118

Check out more fun activities at: www.roguegallery.org

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in downtown Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

OAC News- grantees for visual artists, performing artists and poets

 

March 2017
Moments after Megan Kim (second from right) was named Oregon's 2017 Poetry Out Loud champion, she poses with Arts Commission Executive Director Brian Rogers (far left), runner up Philip Chan (second from left) and Arts Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower (far right)
Moments after Megan Kim (second from right) was named Oregon’s 2017 Poetry Out Loud champion, she poses with Arts Commission Executive Director Brian Rogers (far left), runner up Philip Chan (second from left) and Arts Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower (far right)

Ashland student named Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud champion

Megan Kim, an 18-year-old senior at Medford’s Cascade Christian High School, will represent Oregon at the April 24-26, 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. She was one of nine regional finalists who competed in the March 11 state Poetry Out Loud contest at Salem Public Library. The runner up was Philip Chan of West Linn High School.

Megan, who lives in Ashland, reads poetry for fun and serves as editor of the school’s literary magazine. Her plans are to attend college (she’s considering several) and to major in English.

“Falling in love with poetry completely changed how I process the world,” says Megan.

“Through the lens of rich language, I get to explore emotion, to ask questions and seek truth, and to connect with other humans in a way that is entirely set apart from any other experience. I really think the truest me is the me that is writing or speaking poetry,” she adds.

TMegan Kim
Enjoy an excerpt of Megan’s performance of Carmen Gimenez Smith’s “Bleeding Heart” and the moment she was named our state champion.
Here is a profile of Megan  from The Ashland Tidings.

Wendy Red Star exhibits in Governor’s Office 

Wendy Red Star, Apsáalooke Roses, 2016, Four-color lithograph with chine-collé archival pigment ink photographs, 18 x 26 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Portland artist Wendy Red Star will exhibit “Works” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through May 11.

Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society.

Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, her work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts and performance.

Red Star has exhibited at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain, Portland Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others.
Read the full releaseHear a profile of Red Star on OPB’s “State of Wonder.”

 

Grant alert!

FY2017 Arts Build Communities awards announced

Thirty-six Oregon organizations recently received Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission. The grants, totaling $210,400, are designed to address and alleviate community needs by engaging in the arts. hh
Among the projects are new public art to revamp the streetscape of Vale while celebrating and reinforcing community collaboration; Slam Across Oregon, bringing together Oregon’s young slam poets from diverse rural, urban and suburban backgrounds for a Slamboo competition in Portland; and a public performance and exhibit designed to facilitate a community discussion about homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge.
Lane Arts Council‘s Fiesta Cultural, supported by a 2017 Arts Build Communities grant.
Now in its 21st year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences. More than half of the 2017 awards go to communities outside of the Portland Metro region.

43 artists receive Career Opportunity Grants

Wynde Dyer’s tarp quilt tents for Camp Here Tonight at Littman Gallery at Portland State University. 
In the first two of three rounds of FY2017 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation have collectively awarded $111,146 to 43 artists for career development projects.

The awards include $52,496 from the Oregon Arts Commission; $40,300 in supplemental funding for seven artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation; and $18,350 from The Oregon Community Foundation. Individual grants range from $535 to $7,500.

See the full list of artists and projects.
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2017 Fellowship awards announced 

Agnieszka Laska receives Joan Shipely Award

Agnieszka Laska

Agnieszka Laska, a Portland-based dancer/choreographer and the founder of Agnieszka Laska Dancers, is the 2017 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission’s honorary Joan Shipley Award. The Joan Shipley Award is named for Oregon arts leader Joan Shipley, who passed away in 2011.

Laska leads a group of seven Oregon artists selected for the Arts Commission’s 2017 Individual Artist Fellowships.

The 2017 fellowships support artists working in the performing arts; visual artists are reviewed in alternating years.

The Arts Commission’s fellowship program is available to more than 20,000 artists who call Oregon home. Fellows are recommended by a review panel of Oregon arts professionals who consider artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work(s). The Arts Commission reviews and acts on the panel’s recommendations.
The following performing artists were awarded 2017 fellowships: Agnieszka Laska (Joan Shipely Award), Portland; Oluyinka Akinjiola, Portland; Leah Anderson, Ashland; Douglas Detrick, Portland; Ashleigh Flynn, Portland; Eliot Grasso, Springfield; and Lydia Van Dreel, Eugene.
 Bios and photos for all 2017 Fellowship recipients.
Avantika Bawa exhibits at LAVC Art Gallery

This month marks Arts Commissioner Avantika Bawa’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

In “Parallel Faults,” up through April 6 at the Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery, large painterly gestures sweep across the gallery.

Topographical maps of the surrounding San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Fault line inform the scale, colors and patterns of the swaths.

Stretches of silence are interrupted with multi-channel field recordings of tremors and earthquake sounds procured from geophysicists. The diagonal thrust of the visuals and the spatial distribution of sound synthesize to create a feeling of movement, raw power and unease.

An installation view of “Parallel Faults,” an exhibition by Arts Commissioner Avantika Bawa at the LAVC Art Gallery.
Upcoming application deadlines

 

Arts Learning Grants: June 1

Fall Class Lineup, Call to Artists and Benefit Event Update – Rogue Gallery

Fall Class Lineup, Call to Artists and Benefit Event Update

ROGUE GALLERY’S ANNUAL AUCTION, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24

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Saturday, September 24, 2016 5:00 pm at
RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford

Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour followed by
Dinner & Live Auction

Dinner prepared by Jacksonville Inn
Menu
Hors d’Oeuvres & Fresh Baked Bread and Butter
Salad
Fresh Peach and Walnut Salad
Fresh Local Roxyann Peaches With Candied Walnuts, Bleu Cheese, Mandarin Oranges and Fresh Apple-Walnut, Dressing
Basil
Main Course
Pomegranate Glazed Chicken
Herb Marinated and Grilled Chicken Breast with home made Pomegranate Glaze
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Platons Spanakopittas
Spinach pie made with layers of phyllo and a filling of seasoned spinach, onions, feta cheese
-with-
Pearl Couscous Salad
Israeli Style with Mint, Cucumber, Italian Parsley,
Citrus and Basil
Dessert
Fresh Berry Shortcake
Chefs Choices Fresh Local Berries Served in Glass with Vanilla Whipped Cream — in Champagne Shell

Serving RoxyAnn Wine

Music by the Bathtub Gin Serenaders

$65 Per Person

Tickets available HERE>>

CALL TO ARTISTS FOR ROGUE GALLERY AUCTION EXHIBIT

Le Moulin Rogue, 2016 Annual Auction:
Members’ Art Exhibit

Drop-off Friday, September 9
The Rogue Gallery’s 2016 Annual Auction is Saturday, September 24th. Our annual fall benefit auction is our largest and most important fundraiser of the year. It is also a fun filled evening with dinner prepared by Jacksonville Inn, RoxyAnn Wine, and live music performed by the Bathtub Gin Serenaders. Tickets for the event are $65 per person and are available at roguegallery.org/upcomingevents or in person at the gallery.

This year the evening will include a non-juried themed art show. We are inviting Rogue Gallery members to submit up to three works of art for the exhibit based on the Paris inspired theme of Le Moulin Rouge. The exhibit will be on display for several weeks at the gallery and will travel to RoxyAnn for the auction evening.  Artists do not have to attend the auction to be part of the exhibit, but are encouraged to join us for this fun event!

Submission Guidelines:

  • Current member of the Rogue Gallery
  • Art relates to the theme of Le Moulin Rouge or Paris; work to be framed and ready to hang.
  • Drop-off artwork during gallery hours on Friday, September 9th or Saturday, September 10th.
  • Pick up artwork during gallery hours on Tuesday, September 27th or Wednesday, September 28th.
  • Artwork must be for sale (artist receives 60% of artist’s sale price).

NEW FALL CLASSES IN THE ROGUE STUDIO

art_materials We have fantastic classes for every artist this fall.

Rogue Studio Life Drawing sessions are back along with a wonderful collage workshop, pastels and more! For the kids we have our Young Artists’ Studio starting in October, where they will discover the world of endless creativity.

For information about adult art classes,
visit roguegallery.org/adult_classes.html

For information about youth art classes,
visit http://roguegallery.org/art_kids.html

Register here>>

“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes!

“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes from the Studio of Leah Fanning Mebane and Natural Earth Paints

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ARTIST FOCUS: ROBERTO PARADA

One Artist Changes His Art and Saves His Life

Artist Roberto Parada

Artist Roberto Parada

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Roberto Parada is an internationally known oil painter and illustrator, having been published in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, ESPN The Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Huffington Post. Few people know that his art process came close to ending his life in 2004. I had the honor of interviewing him about his journey in discovering which of his art supplies were literally killing him, how it happened and what he did to change his process while continuing to paint very high quality, archival and professional paintings.
Were you ever taught about the toxicity in art supplies in art school?

I went to a very prestigious art school in the late 80’s and early 90’s and was never taught about any hazards in art supplies by my painting and illustration teachers. I did have one sculpture teacher who adamantly forbade the use of fixatives, solvents and chemicals because he had gotten lymphoma from the use of those chemicals. He never really explained why we shouldn’t use them but just told us not use them in his classroom. My painting teachers all used toxic materials themselves and probably just didn’t know the health risks involved.

What was your painting technique throughout your school years and career?

I have always been an oil painter and I’m guilty of never wearing gloves or having adequate ventilation or even thinking that I should. Noone ever taught me the risks and on the warning labels on paint thinners I only saw warnings about difficulty breathing and respiratory issues. There was nothing about the fact that it can get into your bloodstream and cause death risks. The warnings are very ambiguous and limited considering the fact that I can list 5 different types of cancer that come from paint thinners. For example, 3 kinds of leukemia AML, ALL, CLL,  and Multiple Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I also used all of the heavy metal based paints – cadmiums and cobalts – and didn’t think much about it. In the 90’s the “Odorless Mineral Spirits” came onto the market and we all thought that this was a healthier alternative. Now I know that Odorless mineral spirits still have petroleum based distillates and benzene which is exactly what brought about my illness.

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Arts Action Fund April News

  Vol. I 2016 Quarterly Member Newsletter
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Message from President & CEO Robert Lynch
                   
Thank you to the thousands of Arts Action Fund members across the country who helped get new education reform over the finishing line. The advance of the “STEM to STEAM” movement these past few weeks has been truly exciting. In November, I joined The Ovation Foundation and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in honoring eight schools for their model STEAM programs. Each school received a $10,000 grant from The Ovation Foundation. Parents, teachers, students and principals traveled to Washington, DC for a day of briefings both at the White House and in Congress. The day ended with a reception with the Congressional STEAM Caucus co-Chairs. A few weeks later as Congress worked in earnest on reauthorization the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), STEAM Caucus co-Chair Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) offered an amendment to encourage the integration of the arts in STEM programs, which was accepted by a unanimous vote. That provision is now law, providing even more opportunities to advance STEAM in the field in the coming years.


ArtsVote2016 Candidate Interactions
Presidential candidate crisscross the country during Primary Election season when voters will choose who they want to be the Republican or Democratic nominee in 2016. Each state has its own rules about who can vote and how, but in all cases Presidential candidates are looking to connect with primary and caucus voters over issues they care about. That is why our grassroots arts advocates are so important.

From boisterous campaign rallies to intimate coffee klatches, Arts Action Fund members are showing up prepared to ask smart questions about the arts to Presidential candidates. In Iowa, Kate Huffman stood up at a large gathering for Hillary Clinton and asked about her position on the arts. As a result, we now have the Democratic frontrunner on record as saying she’s an arts supporter.

At a small gathering of activists in New Hampshire, Toni Pappas discussed public policy with Chris Christie, who said he believes public investment in the arts benefits communities. Sarah Stuart spoke with Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush, and Dominique Boutaud engaged Martin O’Malley and George Pataki. What do these citizen advocates have in common? They all used the tools provided by the ArtsVote2016 web page to ask smart, specific questions tailored to that candidate’s unique history. The most exciting thing about arts advocacy is seeing for yourself the advancement of the arts at the federal, state, and local levels.

There is no better way to experience this than to do it yourself. Check out our calendar of state primaries and caucus in this issue (below), and don’t forget to visit the www.ArtsActionFund.org/ArtsVote2016 to read up on the statements, actions, and policies that all Presidential candidates have taken on the arts.


Arts Funding Wins in a Landslide Vote in Cleveland
Almost a decade ago, voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which includes Cleveland, passed one of the strongest local arts funding mechanisms in the country, the Arts and Culture Levy. It utilized a penny-and-a-half per cigarette tax to fund local non-profit arts and culture organizations, to the tune of $15 million a year. But the Arts and Culture Levy was set to expire next year unless it was renewed by voters in a ballot initiative called Issue 8. On Tuesday, November 3, 2015 voters overwhelmingly passed Ballot Issue 8 to renew arts funding by an impressive 3-to-1 margin, which now success fully guarantees the $15 million per year funding stream for another ten years.

As a local extension of our ArtsVote2016 campaign, the Arts Action Fund worked closely to help our local arts advocacy partner, the Arts & Culture Action Committee, to mobilize our 1,000+ resident members in Cuyahoga County to Get-Out-The-Vote. During an off-year election that is historically marked by very low voter turnout and where referenda like marijuana legalization were roundly rejected, Issue 8 stands as a prime example of how the arts are truly a bipartisan issue with voters. Americans understand that public investment in the arts is a critical step to fostering healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities.


2016 Primaries and Caucuses


Federal Update
Big Year-End Victories in 2015
Wow, it was a December to remember! Congress typically wraps a lot into the final month of the year, but this December brought many gifts. First, Congress reauthorized ESEA, bringing new federal K-12 law that has been long overdue, now called Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).Check out our blog at www.bit.ly/Bonamici for details on arts education provisions, including new eligibility for STEAM, thanks to a unanimous amendment that Congressional STEAM Caucus co-Chair Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) secured. On tax provisions, the IRA Charitable Rollover, an important funding source for arts organizations and a key tax incentive for charitable giving, is now permanent! And, annual funding for the cultural agencies finally passed as part of consolidated appropriations signed into law on Dec. 18th. For the first time in four years, the NEA will see just shy of a $2 million increase in funding, bringing the FY16 budget level to approximately $148 million. All of this work was done under a new Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-WI), following former Speaker John A. Boehner’s resignation at the end of October.

The Arts Action Fund monitors arts policy at the federal level and helps bring citizens’ voices to the table when important arts issues are debated. For detailed legislative updates, please visit  www.AmericansForTheArts.org/news-room/legislative-news.


State and Local Update
Local and State Elections Update
Election Update: 2015 was a relatively light year for mayoral elections, but the Arts Action Fund (AAF) is saying goodbye to several outstanding “Arts Mayors.” Mayor Joseph Riley, Jr. of Charleston, SC-after 40 years as the city’s chief executive-chose not to run for re-election. Mayor Riley has been a strong and consistent voice for the arts at the local and national levels. The AAF welcomes his replacement, Mayor-elect John Tecklenburg, an accomplished pianist. In Philadelphia, PA, Michael A. Nutter, another strong arts mayor, retired due to term limits. Mayor Nutter has made the arts and culture a priority by becoming one of the first mayors to appoint a cabinet level advisor on the arts and culture. He is succeeded by Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. In Indianapolis, incumbent Mayor Greg Ballard chose not to run for a third term in office, and the AAF welcomes Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett. Finally, last year’s Public Leadership in the Arts Awardee Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, TX could not seek reelection due to term limits. The AAF welcomes Houston’s new mayor, Sylvester Turner.Turning to governors, there were three races in 2015: Louisiana, Mississippi and Kentucky. In Louisiana, the Arts Action Fund welcomes Governor-elect John Bel Edwards who defeated current United States Senator David Vitter and succeeds current Governor Bobby Jindal-both of whom have not been supportive of the arts and culture. In Kentucky, new Governor Matt Belvin was sworn in on December 8, 2015 and incumbent Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi earned a second term.

Innovative Programming
A new programming trend is rising at the local level-city government departments are turning to artists to help resolve civic issues. In Minneapolis, the city government is participating in a new program called “Creative CityMaking”- which places 9 local artists within 5 city departments to work on city planning. In its pilot program, artist team E.G. Bailey and Sha Cage surveyed more than 1,900 residents in the Cedar- Riverside area to identify the community’s assets; they transformed a conventional survey into a hand-drawn magazine that included an interactive map of the world. In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the city’s new “Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence Program,” facilitated by the Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be the first city department to receive an artist residency. DOT’s Creative Catalyst artist will design an accessible, targeted campaign to engage L.A. communities with Vision Zero, which is a citywide strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities within
10 years.


Year-End Giving Update
The Arts Action Fund completed its annual year-end campaign for 2015. Utilizing both direct mail and e-mail for the appeals, the funds raised during the campaign directly support the Arts Action Fund and the Arts Action Fund Political Action Committee. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve raised more than $35,000 from loyal Arts Action Fund members like you. We also urged our members to send in a wish, for our national Wishing Tree, in response to the following question: If you could tell the next President of the United States your one wish for the arts in America, what would it be? We were inspired by all of the responses we received both online and in the mail.

Shown above are few of the wishes. Even though the campaign has officially concluded, we continue to receive contributions well into the New Year from our members. You can view all of the Wishing Tree wishes at www.ArtsActionFund.org/WishingTree. We extend our most sincere thanks to everyone who supported the 2015 year-end campaign.


  
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