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Almeda Fire Resources for Artists

Almeda Fire Resources for Artists. On September 8, 2020, the southern Oregon art community suffered devastating losses. Along with the wider community, many artists lost their homes and all their belongings in the Almeda fire. This is a tragic loss for anyone, but for artists it also means that their home studios, all their supplies and equipment, and their entire life’s work in art was reduced to smoke and ashes. Coming after months of restricted movement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was crushing. Furthermore, some artists found this was a massive insult added to other horrific injuries to their lives and careers that they had suffered the previous month.

Southern Oregon Artists Resource cares deeply about each and every artist in southern Oregon. Our hearts are shattered at the destruction they have suffered. And a great number of them are our personal friends, too. Whether or not they are members of SOAR, they are vital to our overall community’s economic, educational and mental health. Moreover, they bring beauty, healing and hope in times of crisis. And now they need our help, and that’s why we’ve assembled these Almeda Fire Resources for Artists.

After shaking off the shock that hit everyone in the Rogue Valley, we reached out to SOAR members, asking how they had been affected and what they need. As time has gone on, we have assembled a list of valuable resources that artists should take advantage of as they work to rebuild their lives. We have also received generous donations of art supplies, so when you’re ready to begin restocking, please contact us to make an appointment and come pick up what you need. A few have already come by, and some connections have been made that resulted in artists getting artists getting supplies they need, so they again have brushes in their hands. We want to see you creating again, both to help yourself heal and recover from the profound emotional toll this has had on you and to begin replenishing your catalog of works available for sale.

We know there are many more out there who need assistance. However, you may still be occupied with the stressful and urgent search for housing (in a county where housing availability was already extremely limited) and basic necessities. At some point you will have at least a temporary situation from which you can start painting/creating again. This horrific experience will surely be the source of much inspiration— painting out the trauma and creating through the grief will help us all to heal. If you are already doing this and don’t mind sharing, please send a shot of what you’ve done and tell us your story. But there’s no rush. We will be here for you when you’re ready.

Almeda Fire Resources for Artists

Here is a list of resources that can help you get back on your feet.

General Help

https://wildfire.oregon.gov/ If you sustained uninsured losses or damage due to wildfires beginning Sept. 7, 2020, you may be eligible for disaster aid. Federal funds are available to help eligible individuals recover from wildfire in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion Counties. To apply, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); TTY, call 1-800-462-7585; 711 or Video Relay Service, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Click here for more FEMA information or apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov

Added 10/21/20: More important information, advice and resources can be found at these two websites:

Rogue Valley Recovers

Rogue Valley Rebuilds (A site sponsored by Jackson County)

The State of Oregon announced a Disaster Unemployment Insurance program on 9/23. Here’s what we know:
If your employment was directly affected by the recent wildfires and straight-line winds, you may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). 

DUA is a federal program that provides financial benefits to people whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as the direct result of a major disaster. In response to the recent wildfires, the Oregon Employment Department has received approval to administer DUA on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

DUA is currently available for these approved areas, although additional counties may be added to the list: Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion.

If you live or work in one of these counties, you might qualify for DUA if you: 

  • lost your job as a direct result of this major disaster,
  • were self-employed and prevented from doing your job because of this major disaster,
  • were unable to reach your job because of this major disaster,
  • were scheduled to and prevented from beginning work or self-employment in the disaster area,
  • were unable to work due to injury as a direct result of the disaster, or
  • became head of household due a death caused by the disaster.

NOTE: You are not eligible for DUA benefits if you already receive regular unemployment insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

DUA is available beginning the week of September 13, 2020, and benefits will be available until March 20, 2021, as long as your unemployment continues to be a direct result of the wildfires. 

HOW TO APPLY

You should file your DUA application as soon as possible: Initial applications must be received on or before October 23, 2020. There are several ways to file your DUA application:

  • MAIL: Send your completed application to ATTN: Disaster Unemployment Assistance Unit, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, OR 97311
  • ONLINE: Submit your application materials through the Employment Department’s Unemployment website: unemployment.oregon.gov/contact-us 
  • IN-PERSON: You can complete an application packet in-person at the following FEMA/Red Cross locations:
    • Jackson County Fairgrounds (there are more, but this is what applies to use here)

DUA applications, instructions, answers to frequently asked questions, and more can be found on the Oregon Employment Department’s website:
www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster

If you have additional questions and would like to speak with someone over the phone, please call 503-570-5000.

The Rogue Valley Relief Fund will go directly to help people most impacted by the fires. In the short term, this fund will be used to directly meet the needs of those who have been displaced by fires—tents, meals, gas, and other supplies folks need immediately. In the long term, we hope that this fund will support people who have lost their homes in these fires as they rebuild their lives, prioritizing those who have the least access to aid. www.mrgfoundation.org/rogue-valley-relief-fund1

Added 10/18/20 – Oregon Artist Relief Fund: This might not apply directly to the fire situation, but if you’ve seen sales drop off this year AND were affected by the fire, it could help you, too. Deadline to apply is November 10, 2020.:

Oregon artists may now apply to a new Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be distributed until the program fund, totaling just over $1.25 million, is depleted.

“Without our artists, there would be no art in Oregon,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission. “We feel strongly that, in addition to the significant relief we were able to provide to arts and cultural organizations through federal CARES Act funds allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust, we need to offer relief funding to struggling Oregon artists as well. We are extremely grateful to The Oregon Community Foundation and the Miller Foundation for joining us in that effort.”

The purpose of the Artist Relief Program is to provide relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals or other activities with a stipend, events, teaching opportunities, book signings or other professional presentation opportunities. Guidelines are now posted on the Arts Commission website.

“In times of crisis, artists help us make sense of our world and stay connected to one another,” said Martha Richards, executive director of the Miller Foundation. “The Miller Foundation stands with Oregon artists in this difficult time because we recognize the critical roles they play in our communities and our lives–they are the foundation of our state’s arts ecosystem.”

“Oregon Community Foundation is thrilled to be a partner in this new Artist Relief program,” added Jerry Tischleder, Oregon Community Foundation’s program officer for arts and culture. “We recognize that independent and freelance artists are vital to the recovery of our communities, bringing hope and inspiration to the world while using their creativity to help process the collective trauma, grief and loss we’ve all experienced in these unprecedented times.”

The program supports professional artists from specific disciplines who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

The artistic disciplines supported are: Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); dance (including choreography); music (composition and music performance); theatre and performance art; folk and traditional arts; visual arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); design arts; and media arts.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Awards must be spent by July 31, 2021.

Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, as well as artists with disabilities, are especially encouraged to apply.

On Facebook:

There are a few groups of truly caring and reliable people working to help people recover from the fires. You can find information in the Southern Oregon Fire Info group. Now that some time has passed, many are no longer allowing GoFundMe links where you can donate cash, due to numerous incidents of fraud that were uncovered. These are groups that have been found to be trustworthy:

Southern Oregon Fire Victim Sponsorship Program

Medford Area Citizen Cares

Adopt A Family From The Ashes ALMEDA

Rogue Valley Relief Fund

Talent Maker City has a page with links to a lot of important resources here.

Important to Know if You DID Have Insurance

A web design client told us that if you DID have insurance and are dealing with them to establish a claim, you need to be VERY specific about your losses. For example, if you lost a set of 150 Sennelier (or whatever brand) professional artist pastels, be sure to say what brand or they will compensate you for the least expensive pastels possible. Do this for every item you are seeking compensation for, including clothes and other essentials.

Studio Space

The Ashland Art Center is formulating ideas on how to effectively provide some assistance in the aftermath of the fires. Please see attachment. They can offer temporary studio space at no cost. Priority consideration will be given to artists who have lost their working spaces due to the fire. We are asking you to please share this information with anyone needing a place to resume working on their art. (All types of art mediums). Please email [email protected]

Art Supplies

Central Art Supply tells us that they have set up several accounts for specific artists as well as a relief fund for local art groups and organizations that people can donate to. Please contact [email protected] or go to Central Art for more information.

Donated Art Supplies are available at SOAR. Please click to see our spreadsheet with everything that has been donated thus far. More is on its way, so if you don’t see what you need, send us an email and we will be happy to tell you what’s new and coming soon. Contact us to set up an appointment to pick up what you need. 10/15 update: We received a generous donation on Monday, 10/12, but haven’t had a chance to update the spreadsheet yet. Contact us to learn more and make an appointment to come pick up the supplies you need.

Sign Up as a Beneficiary of November Benefit Show

Art Presence Art Center is having a benefit show in November, offering donated works by their members. All proceeds will go to artists affected by the fire. They ask that affected artists fill out this form so they can contact you after the show to offer you aid from the proceeds of the show. They also have forms on the counter at the gallery, so stop in and pick one up when you find yourself in Jacksonville. The gallery is located at 206 N 5th Street, next to the historic courthouse. Contact [email protected]

Donations on Standby – Tell Us What You Need and We Will Connect You

  • A generous SOAR member has wood frames and canvases she would be happy to donate to an artist in need. Contact us and we will help you make arrangements to see and pick up what you need.
  • Another generous SOAR member is eager to help any one who needs it in any way that she can. “We are here for anything, any way for any one who needs comfort. Just let me know. I am in for any way I can be of help – watercolor supplies, my home for a cuppa or glass of ? or supplies that are needed. Painting supplies includes other arts…any knitters?” Contact us and we will help you make arrangements to see and pick up what you need.
  • Yet another SOAR member has an almost new easel. It’s tall and really gorgeous. Wood. Wheels. Adjustable. She’s glad to donate it to an artist who suffered the loss of their own easel in the fire. 
  • A former SOAR member has gently used pastels, surfaces and a tabletop easel she would like to share with an artist in need. Contact us and we will connect you.
  • A glass artist who is a friend of SOAR has plenty of sheet glass to share. Bullseye mostly but also Oceana, Yogi, Kokomo etc. It’s in her garage in 18”x30”x18” plastic craft bins. A glass artist could go through the bins and fill one up with her choice of glass. Will set a table up so she can look. No big sheets but about 6 bins of 12×12 and large scrap. “We would open the garage door wear masks and be safe too. Let me know if this would help someone. If they didn’t have a place to take it to yet, we can mark it and I’ll keep it in the garage till they can come get it.”  Contact us and we will help you make arrangements.
  • Masterpiece Fine Arts Foundation is a member of SOAR. Jeanne, the organization’s director, said her artists would be happy to donate whatever they have that artists need. Be sure to let me know what you need so I can pass it on to her and find out who can help you!
  • Jessica Lee Findleton Can help with photographing/documenting damage. She also started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for artists who lost their studios and artwork in the fire. Please contact her through the campaign to learn more about how to access aid. https://www.gofundme.com/f/25c56q5qeo. Contact Jessica via the campaign.
  • Renee Childs of Harmonic Designs in Talent can retrieve art archives for those who have scanned their artwork with her.  “If anyone has extra thumb drives to donate… I am happy to fill them with beauty.” [email protected]

FOR DONORS – Artists Who Need Help

Below are our Almeda Fire Resources for Donors. Please note that the GoFundMe links we include below are for artists we know and are safe to donate to.

GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for artistswho lost their studios and artwork in the fire. Please contact her through the campaign to learn more about how to access aid. If you are a donor, please share to increase donations to this one! https://www.gofundme.com/f/25c56q5qeo

  • Felix Matchett at SO Clay Distributors says several potters have lost their homes. Contact [email protected] for details on how you can help.
  • Judy Benson LaNier has lost everything! We do not have her contact info but you can send her an email through her website https://s2naturalimages.com/contact.html She had been slated to show at Art du Jour in October and they should be able to help you contact her with your offer of help.
  • Andre Angermann: I am one of the people who lost everything in the Almeda fire. I had moved into the Bear Creek Mobile Home Park in the beginning of August and had brought my very last load of things there on Saturday September 5. For now I am OK staying in a temporary situation. Amazingly enough I had my new computer with me and the flash drives with the original files. Once I get a new copy of CorelDraw, the software I used to create them with, I can get new prints and offer them to customers. I also have jpg’s of different sizes which can be used to make prints. If there is anybody who either has a copy of CorelDraw or has access to buy one at a student price that would be very helpful as I need the program for any modification or resizing. [email protected]
  • Sheri Croy: “Like so many others, I lost my house and with it all my supplies, completed works for sale and in process pieces. My main medium is paper on glass and I lost 10 years’ accumulation of curated glass pieces for this work – more than 600 vessels, votives and candle holders, hundreds of assorted glass ornaments, magnets and jewelry pieces as well as several glass lamps, all my colored paper, hand-dyed and specialty papers, scissors, punches and blades. Over the last 2-3 years, I had diversified into alcohol inks and wood burning and had assembled gear to begin exploration of block printing and screen printing. I also lost all my colored pencils, sharpies, acrylics, pastels and watercolors along with my substrates of all sizes shapes and types. Losing the house and all of our belongings is devastating, losing the ability to work through the pain creatively and remember all the unique pieces of glass I’d been inspired to collect is just heartbreaking. I do not have a website, but my works can be seen on both Facebook and Instagram under Sheri Croy Artist.”  https://www.facebook.com/sheri.croy.artisthttps://www.instagram.com/sheri.croy.artist/ — GoFundMe page: https://gf.me/u/yxzipf
  • GoFundMe links:
  • Miles Frode – Lived in Talent and lost his house and 30 years of artwork. This talented artist, who specializes in abstracts/cubism and more, needs a place to live and art supplies to get him through this. https://www.gofundme.com/f/miles039s-lost-art-alameda-fire
  • Norm Rossignol: It’s so hard to start from scratch when you’re over 70! But with your help, that’s exactly what Norm will do.  GoFundMe link – https://gf.me/u/yxrrwp
  • Janet London: Janet formerly did pressed flower mandalas that were an amazing source of joy, just like she is. Earlier this year she was doing some amazing things in acrylic, preparing to make a comeback. Her husband just passed away from cancer, her mother passed away, and now their Talent home, her studio, is a pile of ashes. GoFundMe link – https://gf.me/u/yxzcvq
  • Jannie Ledard: Janie is a brilliant glass artist and a dear, loving person. No words can express how hard it is to begin again with nothing at 80+ years of age. GoFundMe link – https://gf.me/u/yyiggb
  • Steph Waaser shared this link tree of GoFundMe and PayPal accounts for OSF staff who lost everything. Most of these folks had also been laid off back in April due to the pandemic. They need all the help they can get: https://linktr.ee/memegarcia
  • Bridget Reynolds (from Ashland Art Center): Lost her home in Talent, Oregon along with all of her belongings and art work. She is going to have to start over from scratch: finding housing, getting clothes and toiletries, basic household items, as well as replacing her art supplies so she can continue to paint and create. She fled with the clothes she was wearing and a few personal items she grabbed when she left her home. She has selflessly volunteered for hospice, end of life care for many many years and could really use the community’s support to help her navigate the next steps to rebuild.  Funds raised here will be used only by Bridget to secure new housing, replace furniture, personal household goods, new clothing, toiletries, food and to get a paintbrush back in her hand.  GoFundMe page: https://gf.me/u/yxykbf
  • Daniel Verner lost everything including his entire life’s work of art. GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/verner-oregon-fire-relief/

More Heartbreaks and How You Can Help

We have learned that Cecilia Pestlin, a lovely artist who we met when she was associated with Art Presence, suffered a stroke in early August and wasn’t sure she would ever paint again. Then, on 8/19, her 102 year old mother died (not COVID-related). And THEN, she and her husband lost their home in the fire. Imagine going through either one of those second two events while trying to recover from a stroke!! They have a safe place to stay in Medford, but she is so deeply traumatized that she doesn’t want to talk to anyone. However, cards and letters are welcome (flat mail only, please). Her new address is PO Box 928, Talent, OR 97540. Whether or not you know her, and if you were affected by the fire or not, please send poor Cecilia a card and let her know she’s loved.

Free Association Gallery – Philippo LoGrande Fundraiser Saturday, November 14, 4–10 pm: We’ve all seen Philippo out painting the historic buildings of Ashland and Jacksonville. Well, his home burned down in August. Then he was diagnosed with inoperable, metastatic brain tumors. As a result, he has lost most cognitive function. He is now receiving treatment in California, and the friends who are caring for him need help covering his expenses—diagnostic tests, consultations, medicine, food and lodging—so this month’s event is a fundraiser to benefit Philippo and his caregivers. Please join us at 120 North 4th Street, Jacksonville, Oregon. Call 541-200-4184 to discuss ways you can help privately.

Almeda Fire Resources for Artists: Southern Oregon Artists Resource SOAR new logo

Empty Bowls 2020 Virtual Event

Empty Bowls 2020

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WHEN: Empty Bowls 2020 Online Silent Auction: October 9th-15th, 2020 with an Event Broadcast at 6PM on October 12th

WHERE: Virtually! Text ‘EmptyBowls’ to (406) 302-5086 to get a link to bid or visit https://go.eventgroovefundraising.com/joco-emptybowls-2020 directly.

FUNDRAISER BENEFICIARY: Options for Southern Oregon and Josephine County Food Bank. Proceeds will help food insecure adults, children and families in our community access food.

CONTACT PERSON: Sarah Small, Development and Integrated Health Coordinator at (541) 476-2373 or email at [email protected].

Empty Bowls 2020 is a grassroots effort led by Options in partnership with the Josephine County Food Bank that includes artists and restaurants in our community. This event raises funds to feed the hungry and people experiencing food insecurity in our community.

Empty Bowls has historically been held at the Parkway Christian Center in Grants Pass. This year, however, we are implementing a virtual event to raise funds to help feed people experiencing food insecurity in our community. Instead of an in-person event, we will be holding a virtual silent auction featuring unique ceramic bowls and art pieces.

Participation in the silent auction will be free and open to all, but individuals will need to register to participate. Individuals will also have the option to purchase a VIP Attendee “ticket”, which will allow them to pick out an event bowl, much like our usual Empty Bowl experience.

The auction will begin on Friday, October 9th and will close on Thursday, October 15th. In order to keep the spirit of our in-person Empty Bowls event, we will hold a video broadcast with messages from the benefiting agencies, sponsors, and past supporters. The broadcast will take place at 6PM on our regularly scheduled event day of October 12th. We will end the virtual experience by hosting a drive-through event at the Josephine County Food Bank on Friday, October 16th from 10AM-2PM, where our VIP Attendees will be able to pick up their preselected bowl. All proceeds from this event will be split between Options for Southern Oregon’s food barrier removal fund and the Josephine County Food Bank.

2017 Empty Bowls Throw-a-thon - Empty Bowls Pizza Party at Ashland Art Center on April 8, 2015! Make you bowl to donate to this year's Emty Bowls event in Ashland!

We would like to extend a special thank you to our 2020 restaurant sponsors. Sponsors include Casa Amiga, The Laughing Clam, Twisted Cork, Wild River Brewing & Pizza, Ma Mosa’s, The Vine, Taprock Northwest Grill, Climate City Brewing Company, Vinfarm, and The Train Depot. While they will not be donating soup for this year’s event, they have kindly donated gift certificates and filmed soup making demonstrations and messages to our supporters. Clayfolk potters and other local artists have generously donated their time and talent to make more than 250 beautifully handcrafted bowls for this year’s event.

Event sponsors are AllCare CCO, Banner Bank, and Clayfolk. Please join us for the 14th Empty Bowls event and help alleviate food insecurity in Josephine County. Learn more about how to keep our community healthy and see how YOU are making a difference!

Oregon’s Cultural Tax Credit Is More Valuable Than Ever!

News and Updates

Double the impact of Giving Tuesday!

If you participated in #GivingTuesday with a gift to any one or more of these cultural nonprofits, you are eligible to double the impact of your gift with Oregon’s Cultural Trust tax credit.
There’s no reason to wait until the end of the year to match these gifts.

New tax laws make cultural tax credit more valuable

The recent change in federal tax laws had the unintended consequence of discouraging charitable giving by reducing the number of taxpayers claiming a deduction for their gifts, which makes the Cultural Trust tax credit an even more important tool for Oregon taxpayers. The tax credit is unaffected by the 2018 tax law changes. Working with the Oregon Department of Revenue, the Trust recently posted frequently asked questions and answers on its website.
The chart below shows total tax savings, net cash outlay and value of contributions for taxpayers that do not itemize. Similar information for taxpayers who itemize on both their state and federal returns, as well as those that itemize on their state return can be found here. The IRS provides more detailed rules on charitable contributions and state or local tax credits or deductions on its website.
Please review these materials and assure all your friends that the benefits of the cultural tax credit are alive and well!

Donor profile

McLaren Innes protects Astoria’s cultural heritage

Fiber artist and activist McLaren Innes is passionate about protecting the cultural heritage of Astoria, her home for the last 41 years.
“I am honored to be retired here. I donate to local organizations that produce music, art and other creative offerings that strive to preserve our cultural history,” says McLaren. “I give because they need it and they are incredibly important to our community.”
A Cultural Trust donor since 2003, McLaren makes her donation to the Cultural Trust online using some Required Minimum Distribution funds from her retirement. “That way I avoid taxes on those funds,” she says.
“The Cultural Trust is the best investment Oregonians can make in their culture,” says McLaren. “It’s a no brainer when a donation that nurtures a worthy nonprofit also provides a significant tax advantage to the donor.”

McLaren Innes

Five more FY2020 grant awards announced!

Five more Oregon cultural nonprofits will receive FY2020 Cultural Development funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
The additional grant awards are the result of funds being returned by two previous awardees (whose projects are not moving forward) and brings the total of FY2020 grant awards to 139!
Congratulations to our new awardees:
Applegate Regional Theatre, Eugene: $9,558
Astoria Visual Arts, Astoria: $5,072
Ballet Fantastique, Eugene: $5,000
Classical Up Close, Tigard: $5,000
Imago Theatre Mask Ensemble, Portland: $10,000

Astoria Visual Arts’ iLLUMiNART 2018

Impact story

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras empower students

Nothing conveys the incredible impact a donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust can have more than the adorable students in the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras’ String Academy sharing their pride and delight.
Because people like you took the time to donate, for which the state of Oregon will reimburse you at tax time, the orchestra is a bright spot in the lives of 145 children who might not otherwise have access. And that truly is something you can’t put a price on.

The impact of the Cultural Trust, in the
words of students.

Mark Renard of Lake Oswego
appointed to Cultural Trust Board

Mark Renard, the executive vice president of Johnstone Financial Advisors in Lake Oswego, has been appointed to the Oregon Cultural Trust Board of Directors by Gov. Kate Brown.
For several years Renard has applied his financial acumen to advocating on behalf of the Cultural Trust, authoring opinion pieces and founding AccessArt, a co-op marketing and art exhibition program. AccessArt connects business, the community and artists at quarterly events hosted at Johnstone’s historic building in downtown Lake Oswego.
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“Mark has been a great champion of the Cultural Trust for years,” said Charles Sams III, chair of the Cultural Trust Board. “We are extremely fortunate that he has agreed to make his passion for our work official by joining the Board of Directors.”

Mark Renard

Oregon Arts Commission | Oregon Cultural Trust | 775 Summer Street NE #200Salem, OR 97301

2019 Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Benefit Event Saturday, Nov. 2nd

| A NEW DOOR |  |LET’S OPEN IT |

2019 Masterpiece Benefit Event
Saturday, Nov. 2nd
@Ashland Hills Hotel

Enjoy a stellar evening of exhibits, fabulous dinner, new Biblically themed art, silent auction
music and the most recent updates.  Hear about our programs and ways we are reaching our culture for Christ through Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation.

Including our update of our exciting Capital Campaign for our
Magna Deo project in Ashland.
Come Open this New Door with us!

Saturday, Nov. 2nd6:00 Social and silent auction

6:30 Dinner & program
@2525 Ashland Street, just off exit 14 in Ashland

Make it a date night!
Overnight accommodations are also available at the venue for a delightful Ashland get-away

Tickets $35 per person

or introduce others to the work we do to connect culture to Christ through fine art and

Sponsor a table for 10
$350 

Please reserve your place by Oct. 21st.

Buy tickets

For more information email [email protected]
or call 541-601-7496.

I cannot attend but would like to support the work Masterpiece does to bring truth, grace, beauty and nobility to culture through fine art

Donate now
Prodigal Series- by Charlie Mackesy
Copyright © 2019 Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation
17575 Highway 66
Ashland, OR 97520-9406

Join the fun at CHAPlandia 2019!

 

Light Garden Glass Art Classes and Workshops Summer 2019

1086 Washburn                                June 2019
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm
www.lightgarden.net                     Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.
Yes, it’s true….only 6 months left until Christmas!
 
I am already looking forward to our annual
Holiday Open Studio  
event this year!
 
If you would like to be part of our show drop me an email and let me know what you would like to bring to sell.
 
We have limited space available.
 
 
    
 
I wouldn’t be doing my job unless I start reminding you
that it would be a great time to come in and make a
FLOWERS of HOPE
panel
for this year!
Summer is a great time to come in a make a panel!
So much inspiration!
 
 
 
 
 
These projects can be done during our regularly scheduled workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10 – 12n.  Please call or email ahead to reserve your space.
 
 
     
Mosaic Design Class
 
This has been the best year for mosaics!  We have lots of different projects going on in different stages.  I can’t wait to see them finished!  It’s not too late to get in on this project.

We’ll help you design your own mosaic by putting together various templates or based on your own drawing, show you ways to lay out your tiles to give your piece more movement, choosing your board or project base, adhesives, using found items and more. 

Continue working on your project during any open workshop or on your own at home.  
NEW*** I will now be including a section on Glass on Glass mosaics.  Let the light shine through!
 
$30 includes class and materials charge.  
  
July 13th 
1-3:00pm
 
Alcohol Inks: Summer Vineyard

This is a great project if you are just starting out in alcohol inks.  Some objects are accomplished by pouring from the bottle, others by using a brush and still others by use of a stamping tool. Good practice in several application methods.   All inks are included.
$25


July 27th
1-3pm

   

 Morning Workshops:

 

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

LightGarden Glass Art, 1086 Washburn Lane, Medford, OR 97501-2000

Ensuring Oregon’s Arts and Culture Are Protected

Hello Advocates,

We have good and bad news this week as some major legislation we’ve been advocating for has passed, but other important bills are hanging in the balance.

Most of our legislative work is contained in the larger omnibus budget and program changes bills that are assembled and passed in the last few days of session. If the Legislature does not resume its business before June 30th, the date by which the body must adjourn—many of our priorities might be lost. Right now, there’s not much we can do since the political breakdown is occurring between the governor and the legislative leadership.

In good news, the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission budgets were passed. Both agencies are funded at the governor’s recommended levels. We are working to find other ways to cover growing administrative costs estimated by agency leadership that were not approved and thus will impact the grant budget. Other good news—the House passed a tax credit package yesterday that includes renewal of the tax credit and extension of the special assessments for historic preservation. But this still needs to be approved by the Senate.

These bills were all moving along positively, so if the legislature resumes business, we expect good results:

— Renewal of the Cultural Trust tax credit for 6 years
— Extension of special assessments for historic preservation for 2 years
— 5 capital projects targeted for lottery bonding or General Fund contributions (Oregon Nikkei Center, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Cottage Theatre, High Desert Museum, and the Lincoln City Cultural Center)
— Lifting the expiration of license plate revenue for marketing of the Trust

If you’ve been an advocate or used your voice in any way this year, THANK YOU. This year’s work in Salem is evidence that our Coalition and its supporters are crucial in ensuring Oregon’s arts and culture are protected. Please stay tuned for more news in the coming days. 

Thank you.

Cultural Advocacy Coalition
Executive Director
Sue Hildick


Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon   

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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