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President's FY21 Budget Calls for Termination of Cultural Agencies Again

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February 10, 2020
For a fourth-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 three fiscal years—will again reject this short-sighted budget request in a bipartisan, bicameral manner, and increase funding for these federal cultural agencies.

In the past three years, Congress not only dismissed these initial calls for termination, but in fact gave steady increases in funding to several of our nation’s cultural agencies.  Check out a brief history of budgetary proposals and final funding for these agencies for the past three years with the President’s most recent budget request in red below:

Key Federally Funded Arts Agency President Trump’s
FY 19 Budget Proposal
Final FY 2019 Funding President Trump’s
FY 20 Budget Proposal
Final FY 2020 Funding  President Trump’s
FY 21 Budget Proposal
National Endowment for the Arts
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Termination $155 million Termination $162.25 million Termination
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Termination $155 million Termination $162.25 million Termination
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Termination $242 million Termination $252 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. Additionally, ArtsVote 2020 Chair Ben Folds testified on behalf of Americans for the Arts to urge the House Appropriations Subcommittee to increase NEA funding to $170 million for FY 21. Read Bob and Ben’s written remarks and watch Ben’s testimony on the Arts Action Fund website.

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. Additionally, ArtsVote 2020 Chair Ben Folds testified on behalf of Americans for the Arts to urge the House Appropriations Subcommittee to increase NEA funding to $170 million for FY 21. Read Bob and Ben’s written remarks and watch Ben’s testimony on the Arts Action Fund website.

 

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Central Art Supply February Events

You’re invited!

 

Central Art’s Creative Art Extravaganza 2020 is coming Feb. 21 & 22!

 

 Stop in NOW to pick up your Official Invitation containing a full schedule of mini workshops, as well as a chance to enter to win prizes,

including a $200 shopping spree from Central Art!

 

We’ll see you there!

 

Central Art 2020 Extravaganza: “Made For Each Other”

Mini Workshop Schedule

 

*Pre-registration required for ALL classes. Payment is required at time of reservation. Call 541-773-1444 or visit Central Art to register.
 

Friday, Feb. 21

 
10:00 – 11:00 Taking Watercolor On The Go $10
Create a watercolor brush with QoR watercolors and learn how to take your paint, brush, and water with you in one convenient tool! Easy application and techniques will inspire you to take your art on the go!
11:30 – 12:30 Drawing with Paint $10
Explore the many ways to draw with paint using Abstract Acrylics, liners, and tips to create unique, fun, and creative strokes that will enhance your painting experience.

 

1:00 – 2:00 Mix It Up Workshop $10
Discover new textures and techniques with Mixed Media Collage using a wide range of products featuring Strathmore Heavy Weight Mixed Media Board. Express yourself and make something awesome!
2:30 – 4:30pm Pour it on! $25
Experiment with 3-4 different pour ‘types’ using Liquitex products. Learn to create cells with acrylic compatible materials, while creating unique, one-of-a-kind works of art.

 

Saturday, Feb. 22

 

11:00 – 12:00 Still Life of Flowers in Sumi Style $10
Learn how to see your surroundings and express your feeling in Sumi style. Energetic strokes and unique expression composition will be emphasized using Sumi ink and Marie’s Watercolor.
12:30 – 1:30 Painting Wearable Accessories $10
Use Angelus leather paints to create colorful designs and paintings to customize your leather goods. Learn how to prepare the surface and seal the paints for wearable one-of-a-kind art!

 

2:00 – 4:00 Alcohol Ink Fun! $25
 Create an alcohol ink masterpiece with Masterpiece Alcohol Ink Art Panels and Jacquard’s Pinata Alcohol inks. Enjoy the extra open time using these panels as you work on your project.
 

Sumi Still Life Painting Workshop with Yuming Zhu

at Central Art Supply – Sunday, February 23, 2020

 

When: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020

Where: Central Art classroom

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Fee: $95 *Pre-registration required. Payment required at time of reservation. Call 541-773-1444 or visit Central Art in-store to register.

Max. 12 students

 

This workshop will concentrate on learning how to see your surroundings and express your feelings in Sumi style. We would arrange flowers in vases or baskets, interpret and re-compose them on rice paper in a traditional and expressive Sumi style. Energetic strokes and unique expression/composition will be emphasized. We will use Sumi ink and Marie’s Watercolor, to paint on absorbent single hand-made Shuan (rice) paper. Knowledge of Sumi philosophy and materials will be introduced.

 

About the Artist

Yuming Zhu is a very passionate and well-known artist in the Greater Seattle area. Sumi/Chinese Watercolor, Oil and Pastel are the mediums Yuming loves to express himself with. Yuming was interviewed by Art Business News magazine (refer to the article “Simply Sumi-E: Capturing Nature with Sumi-e Master Yuming Zhu”). He participated in the “Five Thoughts of Asian Art” program that was offered through the Seattle Art Museum and KCTS Channel 9, and in 2015 he was the artist for Amazon Series “The Man In The High Castle”.

 

He continues teaching sumi painting and calligraphy at Bellevue College, art centers in the Greater Seattle area and nation-wide. His artwork can also be seen in galleries. To view Yuming’s work, visit: www.yumingfineart.com.

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Oregon Arts Commission News & Updates – January 2020

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Oregon Arts Commission News & Updates – January 2020

In this issue of Oregon Arts Commission News: A rare opening on the Arts Commission staff, Oregon recipients of recent NEA awards, Betty LaDuke’s exhibition celebrating Oregon’s agricultural workers in the Governor’s Office, Grant and Fellowships News…Plus we welcome a new Arts Commissioner and announce a  Career Opportunity Grant deadline of March 5!
We are hiring!

Arts Commission seeks Community Arts Development Coordinator

The Oregon Arts Commission has an immediate opening for a Community Arts Development Coordinator.
If you are passionate about strengthening Oregon’s arts community and enjoy collaborating with stakeholders to deliver arts training and technical assistance, you should consider this opportunity.
The successful candidate will excel at building relationships and enjoy detail-oriented work such as the application review process, providing technical assistance to the field and administering grant-making programs.
A broad knowledge of Oregon’s arts and creative sector is a definite plus.

15 Oregon organizations

awarded NEA grants

Congratulations to the 15 Oregon arts organizations sharing $335,000 in FY2020 Art Works and Challenge America grants from the National Endowment for the Arts!
Oregon’s NEA grant recipients are:
Artists Repertory Theatre, $20,000
Milagro, $10,000
Oregon Bach Festival, $25,000
Oregon Ballet Theatre, $10,000
Oregon Children’s Theatre Company, $20,000
Oregon Folklife Network, $35,000
Oregon Symphony, $20,000
Oregon Symphony Association in Salem, $10,000
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, $40,000
Portland Opera, $25,000
Portland Playhouse, $15,000
Tavern Books, $10,000
White Bird, $40,000
Wisdom of the Elders, $20,000
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington, $35,000
Read the NEA release with project descriptions.
A promotional image for Artist Repertory Theatre’s “Looking for Tiger Liliy,”a world premiere supported by a $20,000 NEA Art Works grant.

Ashland artist Betty LaDuke to exhibit in Governor’s Office

Ashland artist Betty LaDuke will exhibit “Bountiful Harvest: Celebrating Oregon’s Farm Workers” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem from Feb. 3 to April 2.
LaDuke’s brightly colored and richly patterned paintings on shaped wood panels celebrate Oregon’s agricultural bounty and the individuals who labor to grow and harvest it. To create these works, the artist spends many hours in the fields sketching and connecting with migrant workers on Southern Oregon farms, vineyards and orchards.
Later, in the studio, LaDuke transforms her sketches into energetic imagery that dignifies the migrant farm workers and their important labor.
An exhibit in the Governor’s Office is considered a once-in-a-lifetime honor for Oregon artists.
Betty LaDuke, “Pear Harvest,” 2012, Acrylic on plywood, 63 x 48 inches. Photo Robert Jaffe.

Grant spotlight

Go behind the scenes at Northwest Theatre Workshop

A three-time recipient of the Arts Commission’s Small Operating Grant award, Northwest Theatre Workshoppresents free events and workshops designed to build a community around the creation, development and production of new theatrical work.
“The grants have helped make it possible for us to offer free performances and our VERY popular New Works Workshop that we do in partnership with Theater Vertigo,” says Producing Artistic Director Ciji Guerin.
Experience their behind-the-scenes view of the creative process at“Tragedy. Comedy. Cookies” from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 8 at Copeland Commons Coffee House at Taborspace (5441 SE Belmont, Portland). The free event is a social get-together and script-in-hand performance of “The Thirst,” a new play that follows the adventures of conjoined twins trying to save their dying village.
Promotional image for “Tragedy. Comedy. Cookies” at Northwest Theatre Workshop..

Applications open for 2020 Hallie Ford Fellowships

The Ford Family Foundation recently announced acall for applications for the 2020 Hallie Ford Fellowships in the Visual Arts. The Foundation will award up to three $35,000 unrestricted fellowships to established Oregon visual artists who have demonstrated a depth of sophisticated practice and potential for significant future accomplishment. Their work furthers the conversation of contemporary art in the 21st century.
These fellowships honor the late Hallie Ford, co-founder of The Ford Family Foundation, who left a legacy based on a lifelong interest in and support of the visual arts. She believed strongly that others should have the opportunity to realize their talents.
Recipients are chosen based on the evolution of their work, the quality of their existing work and potential. They are chosen by a panel of arts professionals from in and out of Oregon.
The Oregon Arts Commission administers the online application process in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation.
James Lavadour “Land of Origin,” 2015 Ed. 17/18. Lithograph, paper. Lavadour is a 2019 Hallie Ford Fellow.

Harlen Springer appointed to Arts Commission

Harlen Springer, the chair of the Florence Public Arts Committee and a founding member and past president of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance​, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. Kate Brown.
Harlen is a retired corporate executive with extensive experience leading artistic and consumer products companies including Portal Publications, Numi Organic Tea and Boing Designs. Prior to that, Springer held senior management positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Procter and Gamble, Clorox and Unilever.
Harlan Springer
In more Oregon Arts Commission News,
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Upcoming grant deadlines

Career Opportunity Grants: Thursday, March 5
Oregon Arts Commission | Phone 503-986-0082 | www.oregonartscommission.org

A Call for Artist Participation – Alley Beautification in Grants Pass

Greetings Artists and Community Members,

The City of Grants Pass and the Committee on Public Art (CoPA) is seeking an artist to work with the CoPA Sub-Committee to transform one of the Historical Downtown Alleyways.

        Alley Beautification Call for Artist Participation

Prospectus:

The City of Grants Pass is investing in the transformation of select alleyways downtown into usable and enjoyed public spaces. The Alley Beautification project furthers the City’s goal of creating a vibrant commercial district by enhancing downtown activities and safe spaces. In this project, the selected artist will have the support of the City’s Committee on Public Arts (CoPA) to survey key stakeholders and design site-specific art installation(s) for the selected alleyway. The artist will be asked to create work(s) that create a sense of play and invoke interaction from the public, while also respecting placement within the City’s Historic District.  The Alley Beautification project is commissioned by the City of Grants Pass with a budget of $20K. Deadline for this Call for Artist is March 6, 2020. While local creators may be given preference, there is no geographic eligibility requirement to apply.

Project Description: 

The Alley Beautification project is a commission of new work(s), where the artist is the creator.  The artist will have the support of the City’s Committee on Public Art (CoPA) to survey interests of key stakeholders to design and create one or more works of public art for the Osprey Alley. The project will be overseen by CoPA with final authority given to City Council. Key stakeholders include business owners adjacent to the alley and the City’s Historic Building & Sites Commission. The Osprey Alley is the first in a series of alleyways to be developed. 

Location: 

The Osprey Alley is located between 6th and 5th streets and parallel to H and I streets. As this site is within the City’s Historic District, no permanent changes can be made to surrounding buildings, and color palette may be limited (i.e. No neon colors).  There is some existing landscaping in the alley, as well as one existing lamppost and temporary hanging lights. Vehicles bringing supplies to adjacent businesses intermittently need access to a portion of the alley.  Additional engineering and architectural information available as needed. There have been no decisions other than details listed above on the use of the space.

The Osprey Alley is open to the public and can be used as a corridor between 6th street and the Osprey parking lot, a public parking lot which itself features a public art work of a nested osprey.  This alley, most central of alleys under consideration for the Alley Beautification project, is adjacent to many trendy restaurants, bars and venues that draw heavy foot traffic. While the alley is lightly landscaped, the City has found the landscaping insufficient to draw the attention and use of the space by the public.  The Alley can be described as made of two sections: 1) a non-vehicle accessible portion (closer to 6th Street) containing light landscaping and insulated on either side by the brick siding of neighboring businesses, 2) a vehicle accessible portion (closer to 5th Street) with business on one side and open on the other. 

Criteria:

For the Osprey Alley we are looking for work(s) that create a sense of play and cause the public to interact with the space and/or others, while also respecting placement within the City’s Historic District.  Specifically, we are looking for work(s) that cause the public to: 1) pause, enter and look deeply at the space, 2) engage and/or play in the space, and 3) record their presence in the space with a unique image (selfie).

This is a call for artist qualifications. This is not a Request for Proposals. Please do not submit specific proposals for the Osprey Alley or the Alley Beautification project.  Please ensure full contact information is included with application.

Budget:

The budget for this project is $20K and includes artist’s fees, engineering, materials, fabrication, transportation, and installation. Budget does not include travel, insurance, taxes, studio overhead, and miscellaneous items.

Artist Eligibility:

Local artist, artist teams, as well as students are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements:

Please email or mail all the following with your application:

  1. Statement of Interest: In 800 words or less, introduce yourself and describe your specific interest in the project, your potential approach to the project or creating public art, and any past relevant experience.
  2. Resume or short biography
  3. Visuals Support Materials: 3-10 images depicting previous work. Visual support materials can include digital images, slides, videos, CDs, or prints.
  4. Annotated List: The annotated list allows you to describe the visual support material and should include description, material, location, budget, client or commissioning organization, and any other relevant project information.

Deadline:

All applications must be received by 3:00 P.M. on March 6, 2020. Applications received after this date cannot be guaranteed review.  Please submit all required application materials by emailing [email protected], with the subject line Alley Beautification Application, or mail to:

C/O Susan Seereiter, Business Advocate

City of Grants Pass

101 NW A Street

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Selection Process: Applications will be reviewed by the City’s Committee on Public Arts (CoPA). CoPA was formed in 2002 to promote and develop visual arts, performing arts and art education in Grants Pass. The Committee is made of community members volunteering to advise the City Council of the development of partnerships and coordination of themes and approaches to the arts, along with recommendations to the City Council for methods to induce investments in public arts.

After initial review of applications Up to four finalists will be selected and may be requested to interview with the Committee or a subset of members. Travel expenses are not covered for finalists selected to interview, and a teleconference can be provided. Final selection will receive approval by the City Council upon CoPA’s recommendation.

Interviews will start after March 10, 2020. You will be contacted after this date.

Selection Criteria:

  • evidence of innovative thinking in designing spaces for public art
  • ability to work with community members and respond to their concerns
  • ability to work within the constraints of city codes and requirements

For questions, contact Susan Seereiter, Business Advocate City of Grants Pass at (541) 450-6014 [email protected]

Kind Regards,

Susan

Susan Seereiter

Business Advocate

www.grantspassoregon.gov

(541) 450-6014 (Direct)

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Green Friday Deals!

As we get close to the upcoming spending frenzy for our loved ones, It’s the perfect time of year to be conscious of where we put our time and money! Whether it’s donations to great causes, supporting local businesses, hand-made gifts from the heart or earth-friendly gifts made in the USA, there are so many wonderful options! We wish you a beautiful Winter season and offer you these fabulous discounts on our natural art supplies – hand-made in small batches with lots of love. -The Natural Earth Paint Family

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Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and artistic holiday season

 

Filled with friends, family and fun!

 

We look forward to serving you!

 

 

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Will You Be The One To Solve This Creative Caper at Central Art?

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Was it Colonel Mustard? Mr. Green? Perhaps Professor Plum was the perpetrator! Something is most assuredly afoot at Central Art, and we need you to help us get to the bottom of it!

 

Using the clues we’ll reveal each day on our Facebook page during the week of Halloween (Monday – Saturday, 10/28 – 11/2), you get to use your brilliant deductive and observational skills to determine “Clue-Done-It”, what they used, and in which room the deed was done!

 

Be sure to pick up your “Detective Notes” in-store, check our Facebook page each day for a new clue, and work the case until you have made your ultimate conclusion.

 

Still stumped? Stop in Wednesday, Oct. 30th to talk to the suspects in person! Miss Scarlett, Col. Mustard, and the rest of the characters will be appearing in costume and ready for your interrogation.

 

Each Notes slip must be filled out and turned in by Saturday, Nov. 2nd to be entered to win an exclusive Evidence Bag filled with goodies!

 

The winner will be announced by Monday, Nov. 4th.

 

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Rock These Amazing Mineral-Based Colors in Central Art’s Next Workshop

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Watercolor Exploration Workshop Series –

“Great Blue Heron”  with Katrina Meister

 

When: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Where: Central Art

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Fee: $45 *Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Payment is required at time of registration.

 

Katrina has teamed up with Central Art to create the Watercolor Exploration Workshop Series! Each class is focused on supplies or techniques, all materials are included in the cost of the class, and you will have some to take home to continue on your own!

 

Our next will be using some of Daniel Smith’s Primatek colors, paints made from ground stones and minerals, they have a great granular quality! We’ll be painting a beautiful Great Blue Heron in this workshop!

 

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OAC Update on grant awards, Art in Public Places Roster now open and the first-ever tour of our State Capitol’s art collection!

August 2019

News & Updates

Update on grant awards, Art in Public Places Roster now open and the first-ever tour of our State Capitol’s art collection!

Grant award timeline update

OSG, ALG awards to be announced in September

Due to the new biennium budget process, the announcement of grant awards for the Operating Support and Arts Learning programs is delayed until September.
The Arts Commission is awaiting a final approved budget from the Legislative Fiscal Office and the Business Oregon fiscal office, as well as action by the Arts Commission board, so that grant awards can be finalized and distributed.
Final approval of grant awards is expected at the Arts Commission board meeting in early September. Official notification of application status and funding awards will happen after the Arts Commission board meets.
In recognition of the challenge presented by awards being announced after activity starts, the staff is developing a new timeline for the next funding cycle and may move the activity start period to Oct. 1.

Eric Asakawa plays the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in Broadway Rose Theatre Company’s current production of“Footloose” running through Sept. 1. Broadway Rose received a FY2019 Operating Supporting Grant award. Photo by Craig Mitchelldy.

Call to artists

Oregon Art in Public Places Roster now accepting applications

Regional, national and international artists are invited to submit qualifications for the Oregon Art in Public Places Roster for 2020-2022. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., MDT (Mountain Daylight Time), on Tuesday, Sept. 10. All materials must be submitted through CaFE™.
The Oregon Arts Commission manages the Percent for Art program for the State of Oregon. The Oregon Art in Public Places Roster serves as a resource for Percent for Art selection panels to identify artists most suitable for specific project needs.
The Roster is completely refreshed every three years. Artist who were selected for a previous Oregon Art in Public Places Roster must reapply to be considered for the 2020-2022 Roster.

George Johanson, “Day and Night,” 2012. Acrylic and oil on canvas. Oregon Department of Transportation.

Corvallis artist Greg Pfarr exhibits in Governor’s Office

Corvallis artist Greg Pfarr will exhibit “A Sense of Place: Time, Memory and Imagination in the Pacific Northwest” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through Sept. 26. A “meet the artist” reception is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Place has always been a central focus of Greg’s art. He grew up roaming the woods and creeks of southern Ohio, where he found his first inspiration. Early backpacking experiences in the Smokey and Rocky Mountains convinced him that he had to live near wilderness. A move to Oregon in 1980 made it possible.
An exhibit in the Governor’s office is a “once in a lifetime” honor for selected Oregon artists.

Greg Pfarr, “Three Glaciers, Prince William Sound, Alaska,” 2014. Etching and woodcut. 24 x 36 inches (image). Courtesy the artist.

American Artist Appreciation Month

First-ever tours of State Capitol art offered in August

Explore the vast art collection inside the Oregon State Capitol during American Artist Appreciation Month in August. For the first time, State Capitol visitor services will provide guided tours of the Art of the Time Collection, publicly displayed throughout the building.
Tours will depart from the state seal in the rotunda at noon Monday through Friday,
Aug. 19-30. The collection includes more than 175 American (and many regional) artists, featured on the Percent for Art Collection website.
For a schedule of upcoming events and exhibits at the Capitol, visit www.oregoncapitol.com.

Sally Haley, “Camellias,” before 1979. Acrylic on canvas. Photo: Frank Miller.

At Liberty honors Royal Nebeker

Former Arts Commissioner and beloved Oregon artist Royal Nebeker (1945-2014) is being celebrated in a retrospective of his work on exhibit at At Liberty in Bend through September.
A prominent teacher, Nebeker left a tremendous legacy of work. A broad representation of his life’s work assembled for the tribute show.
Royal once said, “This process of painting resembles looking through a night window. I peer out, observing and at the same time see the reflection of the interior conditions of my own reality. It is my intent that as the viewer peers into my painting, he will not only see a visual record of meaning in my life, but will discover the reflection of meaning in their own, as in a night window.”

Pictured at the Royal Nebeker exhibit opening: (left to right) Kaari Vaughn, a founding partner of At Liberty; Sarah Nebeker, Royal’s widow and a Clatsop County Commissioner; Hannah Nebeker, Royal’s daughter; Rene Mitchell, a founding partner of At Liberty; Jenny Green, a founding partner of At Liberty; and Brian Wagner, Arts Commission community development coordinator. .

Florence public mural celebrates local culture

“Stitching Time, Weaving Cultures,” a public mural celebrating local culture and heritage, was recently dedicated in Florence. Commissioned by The City of Florence and the City’s Public Arts Committee, the mural was created by Portland artist-team Marino-Heidel Studios.
Almost three years in the making, the mural showcases folk arts and speaks to cultural interchange. It also “stitches” together ideas that represent the Florence area. The design incorporates the iconic Siuslaw Bridge and native flora and fauna of our region and pays homage to the Siuslaw people.
The project was a partnership between enthusiastic citizens, members of the PUD, Tribal leaders and City of Florence staff.

(Left to right) Harlan Springer of the Florence Public Arts Committee, Catherine Rickbone of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and Michal Dalton, Oregon Arts Commissioner.

Upcoming grant deadlines

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Guggenheim Foundation and Fellowship Grants Available For Artists

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Competition

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must apply to the Guggenheim Foundation in order to be considered in either of these competitions. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has decided to suspend its Latin American and Caribbean competition for the year 2020 while we examine the workings and efficacy of the program. Therefore the Foundation will not be accepting applications in the Latin American and Caribbean competition for 2020.

The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year.

During the rigorous selection process, applicants will first be pooled with others working in the same field, and examined by experts in that field: the work of artists will be reviewed by artists, that of scientists by scientists, that of historians by historians, and so on. The Foundation has a network of several hundred advisers, who either meet at the Foundation offices to look at applicants’ work, or receive application materials to read offsite. These advisers, all of whom are themselves former Guggenheim Fellows, then submit reports critiquing and ranking the applications in their respective fields. Their recommendations are then forwarded to and weighed by a Committee of Selection, which then determines the number of awards to be made in each area. Occasionally, no application in a given area is considered strong enough to merit a Fellowship.

The Committee of Selection then forwards its recommendations to the Board of Trustees for final approval. The successful candidates in the United States and Canada competition are announced in early April; those in the Latin America and Caribbean competition, in early June.

We guarantee our advisers and Committee of Selection members, as well as those who submit letters of reference, absolute confidentiality. Therefore, under no circumstances will the reasons for the rejection of an application be provided.

Learn more about the Foundation and Fellowship Grants here: https://www.gf.org/about/fellowship/

Complete the form found at the link below to request a login account so that you can access Guggenheim’s online Fellowship Application. An email will be sent to you shortly with your login credentials. It may take a few minutes before you receive the email.

If you applied in the 2019 competition, you may use your previous username when you complete this form, but we will issue you a new password. No portion of your previous application will be retrievable for use in this year’s competition. Persons who have already received a Guggenheim Fellowship are not eligible to apply for another.
The application deadline for the 2020 United States and Canada competition is 11:59 P.M. (EST), Monday, September 16, 2019. 

Apply for the Fellowship Grant here: https://competition.gf.org/applicant/

SOAR wishes you the best of success in your fellowship application! If you win a fellowship grant, please let us know so we can share your story.