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Tuesday, April 23rd is Arts and Culture Advocacy Day!

Can you join the Cultural Advocacy Coalition in Salem on Tuesday, April 23rd for Arts & Cultural Advocacy Day? Join advocates from around the state with a strong showing of support for public funding of arts, heritage, humanities and cultural organizations in Oregon. 

Our current legislative session will be halfway over and it is now time to connect with legislators and urge them to:
1) Renew the cultural tax credit that funds Oregon’s Cultural Trust
2) Keep the special assessments that protect historic property
3) Adequately fund the budgets of the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the State Office of Historic Preservation
4) Provide lottery backed bonds for capital construction projects supporting culture across the state.

Please register for Arts & Culture Advocacy Day by April 12th. The day will give you a chance to meet leaders from other cultural organizations, see cultural performances, receive advocacy training from experienced professionals, and help you petition your elected officials to include arts and culture in policy and budgeting priorities.

We hope to see you there! If you haven’t yet become a member of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition, we also urge you to do so. We are the only group advocating on these issues statewide for Oregonians.

Best,

Sue Hildick,
Executive Director
Cultural Advocacy Coalition

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President’s FY20 Budget Calls for Termination of Cultural Agencies Again

Americans for the Arts
                  - Arts Action Fund
              

March 18, 2019

Dear Arts Advocate,

For a third-straight year, the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB).  As misdirected as this proposal is, we are confident that Congress—as it has done in the past two fiscal years—will again reject this short-sighted budget request in a bipartisan, bicameral manner, and increase funding for the Endowments.

Will you contact your member of Congress today to urge them to reject the president’s proposal?

In the past two years, Congress not only dismissed these initial calls for termination, but in fact gave steady increases in funding to several cultural agencies.  Check out a brief history of budgetary proposals and final funding for these agencies for the past three years below:

Key Federally Funded Arts Agency President Trump’s
FY 2018 Budget Proposal
Final FY 2018 Funding President Trump’s
FY 2019 Budget Proposal
Final FY 2019 Funding  President Trump’s
FY 2020 Budget Proposal
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Termination $152.80 million Termination $155 million Termination
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Termination $152.80 million Termination $155 million Termination
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Termination $240 million Termination $242 million Termination
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Termination $445 million Termination $445 million Termination

Be sure to check out Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch’s full statement regarding the president’s budget proposal. We also hope that you’ll consider contributing to our 2019 campaign to save these cultural agencies from termination.


Thank you,

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

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March 2019 Oregon Arts Commission News!

March 2019

News & Updates

It’s time to apply for Operating Support! Plus grant announcements and the 2019 Poetry Out Loud schedule… and check out the new Art in the Governor’s Office exhibition!

New art acquisitions announced!

Eight grants awarded through The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Fund, a partnership that supports our state’s collecting visual arts institutions, ensure works by important Oregon artists will be accessible to the public in perpetuity.
Funds were awarded by a panel of art professionals to: the City of Halsey, Coos Art Museum, High Desert Museum, Portland Art Museum, Portland State University, Reed College, The Schneider Museum of Art, and Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at University of Oregon.
The artists whose works were acquired include Gale Everett, Christiaan H. Mostert, James Lavadour, Chris Johanson and Jo Jackson, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Heather Watkins, Elizabeth Malaska and Victor Maldonado.
Read the full release, including images and descriptions of all acquisitions.

James Lavadour, “Golden,” 2018, oil on panel. Acquired by The High Desert Museum.

It’s Poetry Out Loud time!

All school contests are completed and winners are advancing to three regional contests Saturday, March 2, in Medford, Portland and Salem. The top three students from each region will advance to the state contest in Salem on March 9. The state winner will be invited to participate in the national contest in Washington D.C. at the end of April.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.

Finalists from the Lincoln High School contest in Portland: (left to right) junior Robert Menezes, sophomore Jiwon Lim, junior Aidan Henrikson and freshman Cate Bikales, who will compete in the Portland regional contest on Saturday at Lewis and Clark College.

Operating Support Program application now live!

The guidelines and application for FY2020 Operating Support grants are now posted. Remember that ALL organizations must apply every year.
For grant year FY2020 the following disciplines must submit full applications:
Arts Services; Literary; Theatre; and Visual Arts.
The following disciplines must submit interimapplications:
Dance; Film/Media; Interdisciplinary; and Music.
Organizations applying for Operating Support for the first time may only do so in their discipline’s assigned full application year. If you have questions about your organization’s eligibility or discipline please call 503-986-0082.
Applications for Operating Support are due by
5 p.m. on Friday, March 29.
NOTE: Recorded webinars on completing the required DataArts profiles are available at the links below.

Salem’s Pentacle Theatre’s production of “Mama Mia” opens this weekend and runs through March 23. Pentacle receives Operating Support from the Arts Commission.

Arts Build Communities grants announced

Congratulations to the 31 organizations awarded FY2019 Arts Build Communities grants!
They share $175,000 for projects using the arts as a means of addressing community need.
The Arts Build Communities program targets 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.
See the news release for a complete list of awards and project descriptions.

One of the Portrait Connection’s Portraits in Eastern Oregon, featuring children struggling with serious health issues. Portrait by Laurel Knight.

Intisar Abioto exhibits in Governor’s Office

Portland artist Intisar Abioto will exhibit “Black Legend, Black, Oregon” in Governor Kate Brown’s Office in the Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem through March 29.
“Black Legend, Black, Oregon” explores the lore and living legend of Black presence in Oregon through photographs of artists, elders, poets, historians, luminaries and beloved community members. Works in the exhibition include images from the artist’s ongoing photographic endeavor and exploratory blog The Black Portlanders as well as photographs taken around Oregon for the Urban League of Portland’s “State of Black Oregon” 2015 publication. She has been photographing and writing about people of African descent in Oregon since 2013.
An exhibition in the Governor’s Office is considered a “once in a lifetime” honor.

Intisar Abioto, “Akela Jaffi,” 2018, digital pigment print, 24 x 36 inches. Courtesy the artist.

Application review panelists needed

Arts Commission application proposals are reviewed and scored by volunteers chosen for their geographic, ethnic and gender diversity, as well as for their expertise and experience. From these scores, staff ranks the grant proposals and uses the rankings to determine funding awards.
If interested in serving as a review panelist, please complete this form. The information provided will be used to evaluate qualifications of potential panelists and to update the Oregon Arts Commission’s administrative records should the panelist be selected.

Oregon Arts Commission | Phone 503-986-0082 | www.oregonartscommission.org

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Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, March 1st from 5 to 8 PM

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

Featuring Annual Student Art Show

First Friday Art Walk, March 1st from 5 to 8 PM

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Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the March Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Please scroll down for “Spotlight Exhibits” and see attached March Gallery Tour Map and images.

Thank you for your support of the Visual Arts in our communities!

Annual Student Art Show

March First Friday will celebrate student art during the AGA Annual Student Art Show! Alongside art by local, regional and national artists, galleries and businesses will feature works by budding young student artists from the Ashland High School Art Department.

Join us for the Student Artist Receptions during the Friday Art Walk on March 1st from 5 to 8 PM.  Student artists will be present to discuss their works.  There will be a variety of media on display by these creative young artists including:  paintings, drawings, and mixed media. Most exhibits will be on display throughout the month of March.

 

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery or download the March Map at: www.ashlandgalleries.com  (under the “Events” – “First Friday” tabs)

Participating galleries and student artists:

Ashland Natural Medicine:  Sofia Lindauer, Indigo Pinder Magaña Mia Rollins, Banyan Manson, Lilli Morrish, Rueban Feldman, Macy Jane Brehmer, Asana

Ashland Art Center: Talia Aazami, Charlotte Julian, Eamon R. Morris

Ashland Art Works:  Meridith Granger, Sierrah Kelly, Claren Shields

Art & Soul Gallery:  Mikhal Mesco, Julia Petrone, Cruz McNamara

Hanson Howard Gallery:  Althea Moyer

Image caption:  Althea Moyer, self-portrait

Althea Moyer, self-portrait

Ashland Art Works

Springtime at Ashland Art Works

For our March show, we have new pieces by our member artists to celebrate the coming of spring after all of our recent snow. For the First Friday Art Walk, we’re also proud to feature three Ashland High School artists as a part of the annual AGA Student Art Show. Meredith Granger, Claren Shields, and Sierrah Kelly will be featured for the month of March.

 

Meredith Granger’s work is colorful and bold, utilizing pens, markers, and oils. Claren Shields traditionally utilizes pen and pencil, but has recently become passionate about exploring the use of Copic markers, acrylic paints, and charcoal. Sierrah Kelly mixes bright colors with subtle backgrounds to highlight her images. Each artist will be present on March 1st to meet you and to share their work.

Art & Soul Gallery

Featuring Ashland High School Student Artists

 

Mikhal Mesco’s art is taking the form of portraiture, a study in humanity, identity and culture. “There seems to be a naturally balanced harmony occurring in much of nature, and as I feel that humans are destroying some of it, I wish to capture the ‘nature’ of ‘humanity’. ”

Cruz McNamara creates art for Authentic Self Expression. “I want my work to create an emotional connection or tie with viewers, and for that connection to fuel one’s creativity and inspiration to create their own impact.”

Julia Petrone “I think what connects my art together is the theme, I draw a lot of women, whether they’re fairies or from another era. It tends to have that common theme. For mediums, I use a lot of different kinds.” Julia is moving from digital expression to physical mediums.

These students are exhibiting works in a variety of media, styles and genres.  

Please join us in supporting these emerging artists and meeting our new owner, Peter Alexander Stone!

First Friday Reception: March 1, 2019 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland

 Mikhal Mesco, drawings at Art & Soul Gallery

Ashland Art Center

Plant an Artist, Watch Them Grow

 

Friday, March 1st the Ashland Art Center will be launching our new campaign “Plant an artist, watch them grow.”  The main gallery will have a designated space for children and young adults to exhibit and sell their artwork among our other showcasing artists.

The evening of Friday, March 1st from 5-7 p.m. visual and culinary artists from both Ashland Middle School and High School will be displaying and serving in the gallery and classroom.  We invite the community to come out and support our budding young artists.

 

The Art Center is passionate about providing a nurturing environment where our community’s youth can explore their creative skills and seek professional development early on. Our classes are affordable and meet a variety of budgets with scholarships provided for those in need.

Our Community’s youth is our future, come and add your support!

Art Walk Map:

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Oregon is one of the “Lucky 13” Pro-Arts States

Hi Friend of Arts and Culture in Oregon:

I’m pleased to share that Oregon is one of the “Lucky 13” states in the nation in which all 5 of our U.S. House members and both of our Senators received excellent pro-arts grades in the 2018 Congressional Arts Report Card published by the Americans for the Arts ACTION Fund.  Even better news:  Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici was the only Member of Congress to receive a perfect score!

Congress currently appropriates just 47 cents per person to support the arts across the country.  Yet a majority of Americans agree that Congress should double funding for the arts to $1 per person.  We still have work to do both at the state and federal level and Oregon’s Cultural Advocacy Coalition is here to help raise visibility of the cultural sector and to advocate for deeper access to the arts for all Oregonians.

Please join us in thanking the Oregon congressional delegation for their strong support!

Best — Sue Hildick

PS – Showing I’m a rookie, my last email blast was my first at the Coalition and contained a broken link.  Here is the photo it was supposed to have.  I look forward to meeting you!


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Federal Arts Funding Update October 2018

Americans for the Arts - Arts Action Fund
              
Dear Arts Advocate,

Congress was able to pass a large funding bill on September 28th to avoid a federal government shutdown, which included final FY’19 funding for the military and several education-based agencies. The bill also included temporary funding in the form of a Continuing Resolution (C/R) for the balance of the federal government’s agencies and programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts. The C/R will provide flat funding at FY’18 levels temporarily until December 7, 2018, so that Congress has enough time to pass these remaining bills at hopefully the higher proposed FY’19 levels.

Please note that even if there are major shifts in party control following the midterm elections, newly elected members will not be sworn into office until January 2019. However, we would still anticipate disruption in the legislative timeline and process. Please support our ArtsVote2018 grassroots and political efforts to build a strong pro-arts Congress.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

P.S. Also last week, Americans for the Arts released Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018, one of the largest national public opinion surveys of American perceptions and attitudes towards the arts and arts funding. The new research demonstrates that Americans continue to be highly engaged in the arts and believe more strongly than ever that the arts promote personal well-being, help us understand other cultures, are essential to a well-rounded education, and that government has an important role in funding the arts.

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51 Benefits of Arts Education for Kids

51 Benefits of Arts Education for Kids

For National Arts in Education Week

Let’s be bold about the “non-academic” benefits of the arts.

Schools are feeling pressure to direct their dwindling resources toward academic subjects. Hence, it’s little surprise arts educators try to make the case that learning the arts enhances academic outcomes. While this may be true, it is a flawed approach that doesn’t do justice to the arts. The point of Arts Education isn’t just to boost academic achievement! So let’s not fall into the trap of framing it that way.

Learning arts cultivates cognitive abilities, nurtures positive character traits, and fosters critical thinking. It also expands awareness, increases empathy, and develops an array of social skills. And that’s just the beginning.

Here are an incredible, evidence-based 51 benefits of Arts Education for kids:

51 Benefits of Arts Education for Kids

Learn more about these benefits (and the studies and papers from which they were sourced) over at We The Parents: https://wetheparents.org/arts-education

National Arts In Education Week

 

National Arts in Education Week 2018
Dear Artists, Arts Professionals and Art Enthusiasts,

Join us in celebrating National Arts In Education Week 2018 from September 9-15.

Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education.National Arts in Education Week 2018

In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law and its many arts-friendly provisions began to take effect. Recently, Congress and the Administration, proposed drastic cuts to the authorized funding for these arts-friendly measures. Sign the petition to U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos to encourage her to take action in ensuring equitable access to arts education so that every student in America succeeds.

In 2018, it is a particularly important time to celebrate arts education as we face the challenges in Washington and through states around the nation in fully realizing the goal of equitable access to arts education for every student.

This fall, our municipal, education and state leaders are engaged in planning, budgeting, and enacting of laws which will impact arts education. They need to know about the impact the arts have on young peoples’ lives and that they must support the arts in every community and every school in America. Click to send a customizable letter to the editor of your local paper now to tell them how and why the arts matter in education!

After taking your actions, you can join the movement of thousands of arts education advocates celebrating National Arts in Education Week. There are a number of others ways you can participate through social media. Take part in the visibility campaign during the week of September 9-15, 2018 by using the hashtag, #BecauseOfArtsEd. People from all walks of life can share their story of the transformative power of the arts in their own education and the impact the arts have had on their work and life.

  • Post on Facebook. Tell the world #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Facebook. Let us know what you are doing now in work and life and how arts education has a positive impact with a photo! Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek, too.
  • Send a tweet.  Share your quick #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Twitter. Be sure to include an image or video along with #ArtsEdWeek.
  • Share a photo. Post your favorite arts education photo on Instagram along with your #BecauseOfArtsEd story about the impact of arts education on your life. Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek.

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Be sure to do your part to advocate to our decision makers and bring attention to the cause of arts education!

National Arts in Education Week 2018


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Take Action Now- Take two minutes to contact your Senator

Dear Arts Advocate,

June is a packed month of arts action!

This week, the U.S. Senate is taking its turn following the exciting House action last week in approving a $2 million funding increase each for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

You are receiving this email because your U.S. Senator serves on this powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and will be considering funding for the two Endowments this week!  Take two minutes to contact your Senator again today, even if you’ve been in touch in the past on the FY 2019 request. Send a customizable message in support of a minimum of $155 million for the NEA and NEH.

This quick action follows some key constituent meetings in Washington, DC, last week, with members serving on this committee. We need your help to continue to press upon your U.S. Senators how important this funding is to your state.

We will keep you posted on the outcomes. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee will be considering funding for the NEA and NEH.  And on Thursday, the full Senate Appropriations Committee will be considering the bill.

Thank you for taking this quick action today!


Want to do more? 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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More Americans Able To Benefit From Arts

Americans for the Arts - Arts Action Fund
              

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dear Arts Advocate,

Earlier today, the full U.S House Appropriations Committee voted to approve last month’s Interior Subcommittee vote to increase funding by $2 million each to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), bringing them up to $155 million for FY 2019. New Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair Chellie Pingree (D-ME) was also successful in adding the following report language to the arts funding bill:

“The Committee acknowledges and appreciates decades of arts and humanities advocacy by the late Rep. Louise M. Slaughter. In her memory, the Committee encourages NEA and NEH to expand grant-making activities in a manner that honors her advocacy, especially in rural and under-served areas, so more Americans are able to benefit from the economic, social, and educational impacts of the arts and humanities.”

Next, the bill will move on to be reviewed and voted on by the U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. As the bill moves to the Senate, we have invited three grassroots arts leaders to “Fly-In” from Missouri, Montana and West Virginia to meet with their Senators and advocate for this increased funding bill. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), are all members of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. We hope this advocacy strategy will continue to be effective throughout the appropriations process.

Help us keep pressure on the Senate and provide support to pro-arts leaders by contributing to our Campaign to Increase Funding for the Arts in America.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

P.S. Thank you for your support. Please keep checking back to our blog post for more information. We’ll be posting a detailed table of the FY’19 House and Senate appropriation allocations for each of the federal cultural agencies.

 

Take action now!