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Call to Action: Proposed Funding Cuts for Oregon Arts & Culture

We are reaching out today to urgently ask you to advocate for Oregon’s cultural sector.

Next week on Monday, August 10th a special session has been called to rebalance the state’s budget due to the impacts of COVID-19. The session will include proposed General Fund cuts to the arts of over $300,000, and specific cuts to the Cultural Resource Economic Fund (CREF)/lottery funded capital projects over $300,000. These projects include several significant historic and present-day community treasures that have relied on state commitments and that enrich our state for the future.

We need our advocates and members to urge Oregon’s legislature to reject these proposed cuts before Monday, August 10th. Please TAKE ACTION today by emailing the Oregon legislature. The form on our website will send your message to the legislators within your district based on your address. 

Oregon’s arts, culture, heritage and humanities are critical to our recovery as people. We will need a strong and growing cultural sector that is understood as one of Oregon’s most important economic drivers of tourism and commerce.

Thank you for your attention and advocacy.

Dr. Nancy Golden
President, Board of Directors
Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
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John Lewis Statement Released Posthumously

John Lewis posthumous statement

The Honorable John Lewis wrote his last remarks to the nation to be published posthumously upon the day of his funeral in Atlanta, Georgia on July 30, 2020.  We honor him in publishing these inspiring words from one of the greatest men to walk the Earth, a civil rights giant who fought for Voter’s Rights, and a passionate arts advocate, who famously stated “Without the arts, without music, without dance, without drama, without photography, the civil rights movement would have been like a bird without wings.”

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

By John Lewis

July 30, 2020

Mural of John Lewis in Atlanta, GA

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.

Americans for the Arts

Oregon Legislature approves emergency relief funding for arts and culture

Oregon Legislature approves relief funding for arts and culture

Oregon Legislature approves emergency relief funding

for arts and culture

$25.9 million allocated to Cultural Trust for statewide relief

Salem, Ore. – The Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature approved a $50 million relief package for Oregon culture Tuesday that includes $25,984,872 to Business Oregon for statewide distribution to cultural organizations by the Oregon Cultural Trust. The funding was made available through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to address the devastating impact the COVID-19 health crisis is having on Oregon’s arts and cultural community.
“We are extremely grateful to lawmakers for recognizing that preserving our culture is essential as we navigate through this unprecedented crisis,” said Chuck Sams, chair of the Cultural Trust Board. “Our collective culture is the glue that binds us together as Oregonians, especially during challenging times. Arts and culture cross all boundaries and inspire us to celebrate our diversity and resilience as a people.”
The Cultural Trust is working with the Oregon Arts Commission to develop statewide, equitable funding distribution to be administered through the Cultural Trust’s County and Tribal Coalitions, said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Cultural Trust and the Arts Commission. The statewide distribution plan is expected to be reviewed by the Cultural Trust Board of Directors at its July 23 meeting. Coronavirus Relief Funds are mandated to be distributed by Sept. 15, 2020.
The remainder of the relief funding package for culture was allocated directly to several statewide cultural organizations and to for-profit and nonprofit performing venues.
Since the crisis began, nonprofit cultural organizations across the state have cancelled thousands of performances, events and activities – including key fundraising events – and most have closed their doors to the public. The loss of projected earned income, lifeblood for most cultural organizations, has resulted in significant layoffs and furloughs. Many organizations are at risk of bankruptcy and permanent closure.
A recent survey of 330 Oregon cultural nonprofits by the Cultural Trust revealed that participants projected a collective loss of $40 million and average losses of $121,281 by June 30. The majority of respondents (54 percent) have annual revenues of less than $250,000 and operate outside of the Portland Metro area.
“Our distribution of the relief funds will ensure that cultural organizations in every county, serving every geographic region of our state, will benefit,” said Rogers. “At times like these we depend on our arts, history, heritage and humanities to help us persevere. These funds will go a long way in ensuring our cultural community survives this crisis.”
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About the Oregon Cultural Trust

Created in 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust is a testament to how much Oregonians value culture. No other state provides a 100 percent tax credit to inspire cultural giving. As uniquely Oregonian as public beaches and the bottle bill, the Oregon Cultural Trust was designed as an ongoing funding engine for arts and culture across the state. Oregonians fund the Cultural Trust. We, in turn, fund the artists, potters, poets, acrobats and dreamers who define our famous quality of life.
In 2019 Oregonians gave $4.5 million to the Cultural Trust. Sixty percent of that went straight back to the field. The remaining 40 percent helped grow our permanent fund. Our three grant programs fund our five Statewide Partners, 45 County and Tribal Coalitions and 1,450+ qualified cultural nonprofits through competitive Cultural Development Grants.
More information at culturaltrust.org.

Unseen Sacrifices at Center for Contemporary Art

Unseen Sacrifices Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle Washington

The Center of Contemporary Art Seattle (CoCA) is pleased to present Unseen Sacrifices, an exhibition featuring artists Ashanté Kindle, Satpreet Kahlon and Holly Ballard Martz. Unseen Sacrifices will run from July 2 – August 22 with a virtual opening on First Thursday at 6:30pm.
Unseen Sacrifices seeks to open dialogue between community members about what emotional labor means both to them personally and also how it is used within our community at large. To encourage viewers to reexamine how invisible labor is valued, who is expected to perform it, as well as, reflecting on the emotional labor they have both given and received.
Exhibit Information:

Unseen Sacrifices

July 2 – August 22, 2020
Satpreet Kahlon, Ashanté Kindle and Holly Ballard Martz explore the term emotional labor in CoCA exhibition: Unseen Sacrifices

Kindle is a current MFA candidate of the University of Connecticut.

https://www.ashantekindle.com/about

Kahlon is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a full-fellowship to pursue her MFA in sculpture. She has also been named one of the 35 most influential people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine.

https://www.satpreetkahlon.com/statement

Ballard Martz holds a BFA in printmaking and a BA in business administration from the University of Washington.

http://www.hollyballardmartz.com/about

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IMPORTANT PUA and PPP Info from Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts President's FY20 Budget Calls for Termination of Cultural Agencies Again

  • The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan through a bank or online financial institution was officially extended from June 30 to August 8, 2020. Last week, Congress unanimously voted to extend the deadline and President Trump finally signed it into law over the weekend. Please note that this is only a deadline extension and not the opportunity to apply for a second PPP. There is still more than $125 billion available for first-time PPP borrowers who are self-employed, gig artists, contractors, or a corporation or nonprofit with W2 employees. Just remember that you cannot collect pandemic unemployment if you’re also paying yourself with a PPP forgivable loan during the same covered period.

 

  • The extra $600 of weekly federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is still currently set to expire on July 31, 2020. For those of you who are self-employed, gig artists, or Form 1099 independent contractors and are currently collecting PUA, you may want to consider applying for a PPP loan on August 1st, which will allow you to then stagger rather than overlap federal economic relief assistance during this pandemic.

 

  • Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund currently have an Action Alert that will enable you to send a quick email to your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators, urging them to approve both an extension of PUA benefits beyond 7/31/20, and allow a second round of PPP forgivable loans for existing borrowers. These two programs are particularly needed to those working in the arts, entertainment, tourism, and hospitality industries. Send your emails to Congress through our Arts Action Center.

 

  • On July 1st, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the names of the 855 national, state, and local nonprofit and governmental arts organizations, who were awarded $45 million in CARES Act emergency arts funding. This is in addition to the supplemental $30 million that was quickly passed through to every state and regional arts agency in April for purposes of re-granting locally within their geographic areas.

 

  • If you haven’t done so yet, please remember to complete your 2019 federal income tax return by July 15th, or at least request a filing extension to October 15th. The CARES Act had extended this year’s filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, but this extension does not necessarily apply to the filing deadline of your state income tax return.

 

Resources to Assist You:

  1. Office Hours with Nina (Free Q&A forum about the CARES Act on M, W, F @ 11am EDT)
  2. Book Nina for Your Own Webinar (Free service to share tips on CARES Act and legislation)
  3. CARES Act Table Updated 6/24/2020
  4. PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
  5. ArtsU on-demand videotaped training webinars on the CARES Act
  6. Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Resource and Response Center

Thank you for everything you do to enrich people’s lives through the arts. If possible, please also consider contributing to the Arts Action Fund PAC.

2021 NEA Budget Increase Proposed

Americans for the Arts
            
July 7, 2020

Earlier today, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee strongly rejected President Trump’s fourth consecutive annual budget request to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by instead appropriating $170 million in funding for each for fiscal year FY 2021! This represents an increase for both agencies of $7.75 million each over the current FY 2020 funding level of $162.25 million and it is the same amount that we recommended to Congress.

Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert Lynch and ArtsVote 2020 Chair and Arts Action Fund Board Member Ben Folds testify before the U.S. House Interior Subcommittee on February 6, 2020.

As you will recall, Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund president and CEO Robert Lynch and our ArtsVote 2020 Chairman and musician Ben Folds testified in support of the $170 million budget request on February 6, 2020. (Watch Ben’s testimony here.)

Additionally, we are very pleased to share that the House bill includes specific language requested by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to enable the NEA to waive financial matching grant requirements and to allow grantees to use the federal funds for general operating support as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  These new funds would not limit eligibility to only recent NEA grantees and would apply to FY 2021 grants as well as any outstanding FY 2020 and 2019 grant funds.

Stay tuned. This bill will proceed next to the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee, then the House floor before moving to the Senate chamber for consideration over the coming weeks and months.

Arts advocacy makes a difference. Thank you for everything you do to enrich people’s lives through the arts. If possible, please also consider contributing to the Arts Action Fund PAC.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

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URGENT! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD FOR OUR CULTURAL VENUES BEFORE TUESDAY.

URGENT! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD FOR OUR CULTURAL VENUES BEFORE TUESDAY.

As you may have heard the Oregon Legislature is meeting this week in both an Emergency Board session and a special session. We need your voice.

Our colleagues have been working hard to convince our policymakers to allocate federal CARES dollars to keep our performing arts and culture venues open. We call this “life support for venues” (with thanks to Jim Brunberg!). Led by Representative Rob Nosse and the Independent Venue Coalition, this effort makes it clear that funding nonprofits and small businesses is critical to Oregon’s COVID-19 recovery. We must be at the table for economic support if we are to recover.

The time is now! The Emergency Board will vote on Tuesday to make this allocation.

Please let members of the Emergency Board know how important this investment is to your communities and to Oregonians all across this state.

We need letters, emails, and phone calls to these members who are listed below.

Key points to make:

  • We support life support for Oregon’s venues where art and culture live.
  • Venues are statewide. If you live outside of Portland, your voice is especially important.
  • Venues are ALL independent in Oregon, we want to keep them that way. Money spent in Oregon venues stays in Oregon.
  • These are places where families meet and gather. Where couples meet and families start. Culture and community.
  • Jobs, jobs, jobs. Thousands of livelihoods.
  • Economic impact: over a billion.
  • People move here to be part of music and arts performance network. It’s something Oregon is proud of.
  • These stages give voice to the voiceless, to perspectives that would otherwise not be heard.

The Emergency Board Contact Emails:

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(Full names available on our website)

Thank you for joining us in this effort!
Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Southern Oregon Artists Resource editor’s note: We sent a lengthy email touching all the bases listed above to all the representatives and senators listed above as we reposted this article. Please make time to write a thoughtful email putting all these important points into your own words TODAY!

 


Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon   

SOSA June 2020 Newsletter

SOSA June 2020 newsletter

TOUCH, A Virtual Exhibition at Woman Made Gallery

Woman Made Gallery - Touch virtual exhibition

TOUCH, A Virtual Exhibition

Juror/Curator: Gina Lee Robbins
June 5–30, 2020
Facebook Live Opening: Saturday, June 13 | 2–3 p.m.

CHICAGO ––
Inspired by the current pandemic, this exhibition looks at something that many of us have had to completely do without: TOUCH. Most of the world is under order to shelter in place, practice social distancing, stay 6 feet away from each other. This is particularly punishing given that the tactile is such an integral part of the way we develop human relationships. In fact, our use of the word “touch” in English has long referred to how we stay connected–even from a distance.

In curating the 430 entries, Gina Lee Robbins looked for very specific personal responses to the theme. She began to see touch as its own complex language. Robbins selected works that convey the myriad ways we use touch to communicate with ourselves, others and the world around us, and how we respond emotionally to its presence or absence. Among these are representations of comfort, healing, tenderness, love, control, pain, fear, grief and loss.

In her photograph “Panic” Maha Alasaker from Kuwait expresses her anxiety: ” My heart is racing. I can’t catch my breath. I’m going to be sick. I try to focus, but the panic is hard to fight. I can’t think, the manic pace of my thoughts race across the landscape of my consciousness. Numbness creeps over my body as though my soul and body are out of harmony. I know the signs. It’s coming. Having anxiety and being in a defined space, doesn’t help… But we are all in it .. and I keep reminding myself of that.”

Exhibiting Artists: Bhagya Ajaikumar, Ngozi Akande, Maha Alasaker, Valerie Alsbrook, Angela Amias, Liala Amin, Nikki Renee Anderson, Ara-Lucia, Charuka Arora, Lisa Marie Barber, Anoush Bargamian, Jenny Belin, Julie Black, Marit Block, Kelly Boehmer, Shelly Bond, Tara Booth, Dimitra Bouritsa, K. Johnson Bowles, Fran Bull, Alexandra Buxbaum, Rebecca Casement, Kristin Cass, Olivia Chapman, Nicole Chaput, Jenny  Chernansky, Angela Chostner, Nancy Ciesiel, Rae Clatch, Bobbye Cochran, Andrea Cook, Carrie Cooper, Renee Couture, Deborah Crandell, Alicia Dawn Criswell, Yvette Cummings, Melanie Deal, Rachael Marie Demeo, Nicole Denton, Sally Brown Deskins, PJ Desrochers, Kelly Devitt, Hyunhee Doh, Janice Elkins, Deborah Emerson, Ally Emrich, Alison Erazmus, Carol Estes, SP Estes, Sève Favre, Dea Fischer, Lauren Flaaen, Suzanne Forbes, Susan Fraerman, Sarah Freeland, Stacy Frett, Victoria Fuller, Kathleen Marie Garness, Gill Gatfield, Helen Geglio, Bettina Gellinek Turner, Sarah Genematas, Leah Golberstein, Lea Goldman, Donna Goode, Jeanette Green, Anna Brooke Greene, Karen Gubitz, Autumn Guntor, Millie Rose Guy, Jenny Halpern, Rebecca Hamlin Green, Muriel Hansen, Kelly Harrington, Katie Haseeb, Ali Headley, Alison Hixon, Kelsey Ann Horn, Marilyn Hrymak, Ellie Hueneke, Tonia Hughes, Malika Jackson, Sarah Kaiser-Amaral, Heather Ryan Kelley, Venise Keys, Steff Korsage, Barbara Krantz, Dorothy Simpson Krause, Stephanie Krellwitz, Juliane von Kunhardt, Kimi Kuniyoshi, Angela M. LaMonte, Capri Landi, Betty Jane Lau, Kim Laurel, Christine LaValley, Irena Lawruszko, Gwladys Le Roy, Laurie LeBreton, Fiona Lee, Sabrina Lee, Susan Lehman, Susan Lenz, Jennifer Lindemer, Casey Lowry, Elaine Luther, Hannah Jo Malaczynski, Roberta Malkin, Jennifer Mannebach, Claire Marcus, Zana Mariño, Betsy Marsch, Maureen May, Linda McCune, Bethan McFadden, Vatsala Menon, Lynn Merel, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Xanthe Miller, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Judy Nemer Sklar, Kai Nemra, Louise Noakes, Mary Jo Parker O’Hearn, Heather Olker, Greta Olson, Erin ONeill, Luisa Otero Prada, Katherine O’Truk, Hanna M. Owens, Patricia Panopoulos, Tonya Patrick, Theodora Pavlou, Wendy Peer, Lauren Peterson, Laurel Pierce, Diane Ponder, Rebecca Potts, Felicia Grant Preston, Ann Quinn, Cherry Rahn, Angela Rebrec, Milana Reedus, Mia Risberg, Kathleen Roman, Caren Helene Rudman, MahlÕt  S A N S O S A, Red Sagalow, Fran Sampson, Nelly Sanchez, Paula Schiller, Johanna Sarah Schlenk, Heather Sepanik, Carol Shikany, Alma Shoaf, Michele Silvetti-Schmitt, K Smith, Payton Spinosa, Patricia Stewart, Susanne Swanson-Bernard, Laurie Talbot Hall, Sumire Taniai, Cheryl Thomas, Marlene Trauth, Star Trauth, Nina Urlichs, Carol Van Alstine, Gwynneth VanLaven, Carolina Velez Muñiz, Alyssa Vignone, Katie Vota, Natalie Walser, Julie Waltz-Stalker, Melissa Wang, Marybeth Ward, Sofia Wehrle, Jennifer Weigel, Lisa Wicka, Christina Williams, Rachael Zur.

Juror/Curator: Gina Lee Robbins is a visual and teaching artist who creates sculptural objects in clay, fiber and other tactile materials. Largely self-taught, she has been working with ceramics and found materials for over 30 years. Her work has been exhibited in solo, invitational and juried group shows and competitions throughout the United States, and her sculptures are part of private and corporate collections worldwide.  https://www.ginaleerobbins.com

CLICK HERE TO VIEW EXHIBITION ONLINE

Woman Made Gallery
2150 S Canalport #4A-3 | Chicago, IL 60608
312-738-0400 | [email protected] | www.womanmade.org

Please Donate | http://womanmade.org/donate

Banner Image: artwork by (top): Fran Bull, Olivia Chapman, Jenny Chernansky.
(bottom): Carolina Velez Muñiz, Heather Olker, Nelly Sanchez

Woman Made Gallery
2150 S. Canalport #4A-3
Chicago, IL 60608
312-738-0400 | [email protected] | www.womanmade.org

We have postponed events at WMG until further notice. Email questions: [email protected]

Please Donate to Woman Made Gallery

HOME, A Virtual Exhibition
Exhibition Opens: July 3, 2020
Final Entry Due Date: June 11, 2020
Notification: June 18, 2020

Curator/Juror: Jennifer Weigel

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT WORK. 
https://womanmadegallery.submittable.com/submit

(One theme-related artwork from each submission is guaranteed to be included.)

Please note: “Woman Made reserves the right to refuse entries that do not comply with the entry requirements or Woman Made’s mission. In such an event, Woman Made will refund any entry fees for the submitted work.” 

LOSS, A Virtual Exhibition
Exhibition Opens: August 1, 2020
Entry Due Date: July 3, 2020
Notification: July 17, 2020

Curator/Juror: Felicia Grant Preston

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT WORK. 
https://womanmadegallery.submittable.com/submit

(One theme-related artwork from each submission is guaranteed to be included.)

Please note: “Woman Made reserves the right to refuse entries that do not comply with the entry requirements or Woman Made’s mission. In such an event, Woman Made will refund any entry fees for the submitted work.” 

Survey reveals devastating impact of COVID-19 on Oregon culture

impact COVID-19 Oregon culture

Cultural Trust survey reveals devastating impact

of COVID-19 on Oregon culture

Salem, Ore. –The majority of Oregon’s cultural organizations are facing suspension of operations or permanent closure due to the COVID-19 impact, reveals an Oregon Cultural Trust survey released today.
The most comprehensive survey of Oregon’s cultural community since the crisis began, the survey includes data and comments from 330 cultural nonprofits representing 83 percent of Oregon counties. Participants project a collective loss of $40 million and average losses of $121,281 through June 30. The majority of respondents (54 percent) have annual revenues of less than $250,000 and operate outside of the Portland Metro area.
More than half (51 percent) of respondents have not applied for the federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP), likely due to the fact that 44 percent employ less than one full-time staff member – relying mostly on a volunteer workforce. Of the 49 percent that did apply for PPP, only 73 percent have received funds to-date. More than 90 percent of those that did receive PPP funds report the funding is “not adequate to support their financial losses.”
“The PPP loan is a financial band-aid for the short term, but for us to continue to provide our essential service…there will be a need for continued relief funding well into the next fiscal year and possibly beyond,” reports the Tillicum Foundation, which operates nonprofit radio stations in Astoria, Tillamook and Warrenton.
“Quite frankly right now it looks grim,” reports the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, “when the PPP monies are gone we may be looking at a ‘staffless’ OCCA for a while.”
Because most cultural organizations rely on large gatherings for ticket and rental revenue, they rank at the top of Oregon business sectors most severely affected by the crisis. They also will be the slowest to reopen, given the indefinite ban on large gatherings due to COVID-19. “Without any earned revenue, we are relying entirely on philanthropy and government support,” reports the Portland Art Museum.
“[Without relief funding,] we will have to close our doors and lose the investment of our community over 30 years,” reports the Gilbert House Children’s Museum in Salem.
The survey also revealed particular hardship for cultural organizations in rural areas. Bend’s High Desert Museum reports that “museums and cultural organizations in more rural areas will be hit hardest immediately and will have a much longer recovery period – we saw this during the recession and the indicators point to a similar pattern now…funding to help organizations like the High Desert Museum be resilient for the next 12-24 months is critical.”
Survey comments also reflect the concern cultural organizations have for the vulnerable populations they serve. The Shadow Project, which provides learning support for children with disabilities, reports that “during COVID-19 these children are even more vulnerable, at highest risk of falling further behind and exacerbated mental health disorders.”
“Underserved rural populations define the youth and families we serve,” reports the Drexel H. Foundation in Vale, where 21 percent of the population lives in poverty.Their outreach programs are “free to all, reducing economic barriers to learning, cultural experiences and art participation for all ethnic groups. Grantors have cancelled funding opportunities we had counted upon….[t]oo many resources have disappeared.”
The Cultural Trust is currently awaiting Legislative consideration of its Emergency Cultural Relief Fund proposal, which would deploy up to $10 million of its$29 million permanent fund to create an emergency relief funding program for Oregon’s cultural organizations.
impact COVID-19 Oregon culture