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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.


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 |

Artist Powers – Activate! Join The Fandemonium At Central Art

Artist Powers – Activate! Join The Fandemonium At Central Art This Thursday!
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In honor of Medford Comic Con,

Join the “Fandemonium” at Central Art Supply!

During this FREE 3-part event, you are invited to don your creative cape and cowl as you prepare for Medford Comic Con & Central Art’s Fan Art Contest 2018!


Thursday, February 22nd, 4:30-6:00pm – Session 1: “Origins”
Never heard of “Fan Art?” Maybe you have, but need some inspiration to get started. Whether you’re a Sidekick or Superfan, this informal uninstructed intro to the Fan Art phenomenon is your golden opportunity to unleash your untapped powers and create something extraordinary!


Saturday, March 10th, 2:30-4:00pm – Session 2: “Of Capes & Canvas”
You’ve laid the foundation for your Fan Art concept. Now’s your chance to hit it with a bold splash of color an make it burst from the page with a pastel, pen or brush! What medium will you choose?


Thursday, March 29th, 4:00-5:00pm – Session 3: “Doing Art Justice”
Fulfill your creation’s destiny! Let Central Art’s classroom be your creative “Fortress of Solitude” to add those final touches to give some POW! and ZAP! to your creative vision before you submit the finished product.


*Limited art supplies available for use during this event.
Be sure to bring your own!


Deadline for entries is 4:00pm, Saturday, March 31st, 2018. Artwork must be submitted with completed entry form to:


Central Art, 101 North Central Avenue, Medford, Oregon 97501


If you have any further questions, please email [email protected]

Get Ready For An Art-Rageous Event at Central Art!

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FRI. 10am – 4pm, SAT. 10am – 3pm

It’s time to stamp your passport for Central Art’s 7th Annual Art Extravaganza! This is your golden ticket to dive in and discover the hottest creative trends and freshest tools, presented by art materials experts in a hands-on format!

Join us Friday AND Saturday, Feb. 9th & 10th to get the full experience! Visit all 12 of our vendors’ tables showcasing over 50 exciting art products! Take home samples! Enter to win prizes, including a $250 Central Art Shopping Spree!

But that’s not all! Be sure to sign up for a Mini Workshop during the Extravaganza! Central Art’s one-hour mini art workshops are returning for both days of the event, with something unique and different offered for the creatively curious!*

*But remember: space is limited! Call and reserve yours now! 541-773-1444. Payment required at time of registration. Pre-registration is required. 

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This Friday & Saturday Feb. 9th & 10th, join Central Art for our

7th Annual Art Extravaganza!


Come for the FREE Demos!

Attend an amazing assortment of “Mini Art Workshops”!


*Pick up your Exclusive Passport  BEFORE the event

& enter to  WIN awesome prizes!*


– AND –


For 2 DAYS ONLY save BIG on EXCLUSIVE DEALS throughout the store!!!

Visit Central Art!

The big event kicks off from

10am – 4pm Friday February 9th then continues

Saturday February 10th from 10am – 3pm,

Exclusively at Central Art!


We’ll see you there!

Geek Out With DC & Vertigo Comics Artist Matt Brundage and Copic Markers!

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Copic Comic Art Workshop, Followed by a “Geek & Draw!” 

Workshop Location: Central Art

When: SATURDAY, FEB. 10TH – 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Fee: $7 

BAM! POW! Find out why COPIC markers are all the rage in this action-packed Extravaganza Mini Workshop taught by DC and Vertigo Comics artist Matt Brundage. You’ll learn pro techniques to add punch to your COPIC art and blow minds with your next “ink”-citing adventure!

*Hurry! Seating is limited, reserve yours now! 541-773-1444. Pre-registration required. Payment required at time of registration.


Be sure to join Matt after the Extravaganza on SATURDAY, FEB. 10TH from 5PM – 7PMfor a FREE “Geek & Draw” hangout in the classroom at Central Art! Bring Your Own Supplies and Snacks (BYOSS) and prepare to geek out and sketch it up with Matt and other fellow artists/comic enthusiasts!

This is going to be EPIC!


Springtime Glass Art Opportunities

1086 Washburn                            February 2017
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm                     Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.
The studio has been buzzing with activity 
since the beginning of the year! 
Glass Enamel Spoon Rest Class
Painting with Frit
Now’s the perfect time of year to learn something new!
If there’s a class that you’d like to take that
isn’t scheduled, just let me know!

Flowers of Hope  
Our Flowers of Hope program is one of
the easiest things you can do here to
get introduced to glass fusing!
Your finished artwork will go
to a woman fighting breast cancer.
We were quite a few short last year due to a number
of obstacles but I’m sure we can get back on
course this year if you will join us!


Spring Glass Show
 I’ve had a number of people ask me about doing a spring show this year after the
amazing popularity of our Christmas show.  
If you’d like to participate please send me an email
with pictures of some things similar of what you would like to offer for sale.  I have a panel of jurists
chosen that will select the top candidates.  As we only have so much room we need to be selective.
I have not chosen a date yet.  Once our participants are selected we can jointly decide on a time that works best for everyone.  Deadline for entries is February 17th.
[email protected]

for more information.

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.

Painting with Frit 2

February 10 & 17
Take your frit painting to the next level!
Learn the secrets to multi-layering glass, paint and frit giving your artwork depth and dimension.
Project is shown with bear but there is a deer pattern available as well.
This will be a small class and will fill up quickly so register today.
One place left!

 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

Central Art’s 2018 Art Extravaganza Mini Workshop Schedule

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Central Art’s 2018 Art Extravaganza Mini Workshop Schedule

 It’s Coming! Sign up NOW for Central Art’s 2018 Mini Workshop Extravaganza!

*Pre-registration required for ALL workshops.

All workshops are for 1 hour.


Friday, February 9th

10:00am – POSCA MARKERS – $7

Express your creativity with POSCA paint markers! POSCA water-based, non-toxic markers make it easy to paint, write and draw on a variety of surfaces. Each attendee will use POSCA markers on birch wood panels, rocks & fabric.



Dive into the history of acrylic paint; the chemistry behind its drying process; color bias and split complimentary palettes; and a few exciting painting techniques and applications with acrylic mediums.



Explore the ancient art of sumi painting with Yuming Zhu. Learn about the tools used and how brush strokes, water and color show different effects on variety of Sumi rice papers.



Strap in for a crash course in watercolor painting with Ron Stoke! This mini workshop will transport you from sketch to finished painting with step-by-step techniques to up your artistic game!


Saturday, February 10th


Let your creativity flow with this intro to the wonderful world of acrylic pouring! Learn about creating “cells,” the best surfaces to use, and many more techniques with this exciting art form!



Mix it up with Golden mediums, art stencils, decorative papers, found objects and Strathmore Mixed Media papers in this hands-on workshop. Discover new textures and techniques, and make something awesome to take home!


1:00pm – DERWENT INKTENSE – $7

Derwent Inktense pencils make it easy to create permanent watercolor effects in mixed media techniques. Coloursoft pencils will also be explored on black primed wood canvas.

2:30pm – COPIC COMIC ART – $7

Find out why Copic markers are all the rage in this action-packed class taught by DC and Vertigo Comics artist Matt Brundage. You’ll learn pro techniques to add punch to your Copic art!

To register, call or visit Central Art*: 541-773-1444

101 N. Central Medford, OR 97501


*Payment required at time of registration to reserve spot.

No exceptions please! Seating is limited to 12 per workshop.


Americans for the Arts Joins Federal Amicus Brief in Support of Free Speech Rights of Congressional Art Competition Student Artist

Read a blog detailing the specifics of controversy surrounding a painting from a Congressional Art Competition, by Arts Action Fund Executive Director Nina Ozlu Tunceli

Happy new Year from Natural Earth Paint

Happy New Year from Natural Earth Paint - To Health & Happiness

Happy New Year!

2017 was a wonderful year of growth for Natural Earth Paint! We are excited for new things to come in 2018! We want to wish everyone Health and Happiness in the new year! Choose to live a healthier lifestyle by making small changes that not only impact your health and well-being but living in an eco-friendly way that encourages others to do the same.

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Read Natural Earth Paint Founder and Artist Leah Fanning’s Interview with Green America. Find out why she switched from conventional paints to all natural, non-toxic paint supplies

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Studio Space in Downtown Ashland Available NOW!

We just heard from SOAR member Sarah F Burns, who tells us that her friend is offering this office or studio for rent in downtown Ashland on the Plaza.  It’s up a flight of stairs, has no outside window, but is very clean, looks pretty sharp and has a ceiling vented AC for summertime.  $275 a month. There are pics on the link.

Feel free to share with anyone you think is interested.  Available now!