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Betty Supports the Arts and the Arts Action Fund Supports Betty!

In Saint Paul with Betty McCollum

Breaking News : Arts Victory in Congress!

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

Save the Date Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts 13th Annual Conference

Save the Date Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts 13th Annual Conference
So you’re thinking….wouldn’t it be so great to do something just sooooooooo much fun 
while getting a fresh boost of Inspiration from a Biblical Worldview In current culture and exceptional artistic technical instruction plus camaraderie with other professionally minded and passionate artists of faith?Then you or an beloved artist you know can kick start some summer plans June 14 – 17th by being at the 2018 Masterpiece Christian Artist Conference and Workshops in Ashland, Oregon at the beautiful Ashland Hill Hotel and Conference Center. It’s a stellar and inspiring lineup of talent and joy! Paint with professional and nationally recognized instructors Ned MuellerJoAnn Peralta,  and the young and talented  Brittany Weistlingfor this 4 day event.  Plus One Day Artisan Workshops : Introduction to Mosaics andWire Entwined Stone Jewelry and Marketing tips of the Trade.  These Workshops and breakout sessions will ignite your gifts and passion for your art and your faith with renewed purpose and refocused aim. Class sizes are limited so please sign up early.

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Fulfill your calling. Hone your gift.  Let all you do be done to the glory of God. Sign up early as each class size is limited.  Best pricing by signing up by April 30th.  For details and pricing or call 541-601-7496.
“Declaring the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light”
1 Peter 2:9

What Happens to the Arts When the Government Shuts Down?

Rocky Budget Cycle Continues

During the previous shutdown in 2013, more cultural institutions, like the National Gallery of Art, were forced to close their doors.

Hello, 2018.  Congress is back in full swing, but little progress is being made on funding issues, including for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Yesterday, Congress voted to reopen the government for 17 days, after a brief 3-day partial government shutdown.

This is the fourth short-term funding extension. This next short-term funding extension is currently set to expire on February 8th, when yet another showdown over many of the same divisive issues, including immigration, spending, and health care, may occur.

Despite these larger budgetary and policy issues, we are hopeful that, once there is a final budget agreement, the higher funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) ($150 million, same as current funding levels), that the U.S. Senate proposed, will prevail.

What Happens to the Arts When the Government Shuts Down?

Message posted on the NEA website during the shutdown yesterday.

During the brief, 3-day shutdown, some major cultural institutions were able to keep their doors open, like the Smithsonian, by using prior year funds. Each agency determines which federal employees may still report to work during a lapse in funding. At the NEA, only 5 employees could remain at work. This massive staff reduction cuts off communication to the 50 state arts agencies and grantees in every congressional district, leaving grant project requests unanswered and unprocessed.

Each day of the shutdown, the more severe the impacts become for the arts community, impacting the health of our economy, cultural tourism, and access to the arts.

Next Steps and What You Can Do

Looming funding decisions for both FY2018 and FY2019 are still on the horizon. Vigorous policy disagreements in Congress will likely continue, and it is vital your representatives hear from you!

Arts advocates from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C. on March 12-13, 2018 for our annual Arts Advocacy Day.  Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 700 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

Attendees will attend advocacy training sessions and policy briefings followed by a full day of meetings on Capitol Hill with their U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators.  The Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at The John F. Kennedy Center will also take place during the two-day event.  Will you represent your state in Washington, D.C. this March?  Register now!

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Together WE ARE Americans for the Arts

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

SAVEtheNEA Timeline

Click to view a 2017 timeline of advocacy actions that Arts Action Fund members took to #SAVEtheNEA this year.

Goodbye, Republican Congress

By Earle Mack, published Monday, November 27th in The Hill

UPDATED! 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

By Randy Cohen

Ready, Set, Show! Workshop On Expanding Success for Visual Artists and Craftspeople

Registration Deadline: September 21, 2017 Event Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Guild Offers Workshop On Expanding Success for Visual Artists and Craftspeople

Do your creations sell as well as you would like? Are they seen by lots of people who buy art?

If you are a visual artist who wants your creations to be enjoyed by many and to sell well, your work must be seen and appreciated by a loyal and ever expanding audience of people who buy art.

However, if you are to climb the ladder of success – whether from the first rung or higher up the ladder — your work must be properly prepared, presented, and appropriately placed in public spaces.

Workshop presenter, Susan Eileen Burnes, is an exceptional artist in her own right. Even a partial list of exhibits of her art is impressive. She is also a seasoned art administrator and curator. She served as president of the Grants Pass Museum of Art’s Board of Directors for five years and has envisioned and curated 100 exhibitions over 12 years as Chair of the Museum’s Exhibitions Committee.

Based on her wealth of experience, Burnes will offer ways for artists to successfully move their work out into the world of people who buy art. Whether a beginning artist, a hobbyist, or a professional, participants will gain insight into what curators and jurors expect and what buyers look for. Burnes will also offer suggestions about attendees’ own work in a show-and-tell critique session in the afternoon.

Some of the issues to be covered are: 1) Getting accepted into an exhibit, competition, or gallery — how to avoid mistakes when applying; 2) Making a positive impression in your first (and every) exhibit — how to make sure that happens; 3) Finding new venues — what are the different options and how to locate them, and 4) Establishing a name – how to build the reputation that allows you to increase your prices (and how to price your work to begin with).

Overall, the workshop will help participants learn how an artist can get beyond where he or she is now. An individual’s goal may be being accepted in a gallery, competition or show for the first time, or it may be expanding exposure to distant venues. Burnes will share specific information as well as inspiration to help artists grow in the direction they choose.

The Guild Gallery & Art Center is on the RCC Kerby Campus, 24353 Redwood Highway in Kerby. The workshop hours are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm with an hour for a light lunch that is included. Participants should bring two or three pieces of their own work as part of the afternoon session discussion.

Fees for Guild members are $10-$25 sliding scale, for non-members $25-$45 sliding scale. For scholarship information, contact Guild president, Joyce Abrams at 541-659-3858 or [email protected]

Pre-registration is required. Register by phone at 541-592-5019, by email at [email protected] or in person at the Guild Gallery & Art Center in Kerby. For additional information, check the Guild website

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