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February 2016 Oregon Arts Commission News

Jan. 29, 2016
NEA Chairman Jane Chu (front row, third from left) visited Milagro Theatre during her time in Oregon this month.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu visits Oregon
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu visited Oregon Jan. 19 and 20, hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. Chairman Chu spent the first day learning about NEA-funded projects at Portland Art Museum, NW Film Center, Milagro Theatre and Wisdom of the Elders.

She then joined Congresswoman Bonamici, a champion of arts-integrated education, for visits to Beaverton’s Highland Park Middle School and Hillsboro’s Quatama Elementary.

Both schools were recognized with a federal innOVATION STEAM Grant Award for their use of creativity to stimulate student learning.

The Chairman’s visit ended with a grants workshop at Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Chairman Chu (second from right) joined Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici for a visit to Hillsboro’s awarding-winning Quatama Elementary School.
Tower succeeds Vigeland as Commission Chair

Libby Unthank Tower
Libby Unthank Tower, a Eugene graphic design and marketing professional in her second term on the Arts Commission, succeeded Julie Vigeland as Commission Chair on Jan. 1. Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, is now Vice Chair and Julie serves as Immediate Past Chair.

Libby’s career spans public, private and non-profit sectors. Currently with Eugene’s Asbury Design, she previously managed marketing and public relations for the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division.
“I am full of gratitude and pride,” says Libby. “We have a newly completed strategic plan to provide guidance and move us forward with work and initiatives designed to enhance the quality of life for all Oregonians. Our future is bright.”

Julie, who led the Commission for three years, called chairing the Commission the capstone of her volunteer career in the arts.

“Nothing can compare to the view from a statewide perspective,” she says.
Christopher Acebo
Julie Vigeland
“What an amazing array of arts organizations we have in every corner of our expansive state. I only wish that each and every one of you reading this had the opportunity to learn about the richness of art throughout Oregon. It is breathtaking!
“We are so fortunate to have Libby Tower as our new chair,” Julie adds. “She is experienced and ready to lead us to the next level. The Arts Commission is in great hands!”
Save the date: 2016 Arts Summit Oct. 7 in Corvallis
Gather with arts leaders from around the state to connect, learn and share. The 2016 Oregon Arts Summit will be held Friday, Oct. 7, at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis. Focused on both statewide and mid-Willamette Valley topics, the Summit will incorporate and showcase local artists and voices in arts leadership.
A welcome reception and networking opportunity will be offered the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 6, with a full day of meetings and networking Oct. 7.
A discounted room rate is available to Summit attendees at the Hilton Garden Inn, across the street from the LaSells Steward Center in Corvallis.
Reservations can be booked online

or by calling 541-752-5000.

Hilton Garden Inn
2016 Visual Arts/Design Fellows announced
June 12 & 13, 1987, 2015. Mixed media by Natalie Ball.
Natalie Ball, a Chiloquin-based artist working across media, is the 2016 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission’s honorary Joan Shipley Award.

Ball leads a group of 13 Oregon artists selected from a pool of more than 160 applicants from 27 Oregon cities for the Arts Commission’s 2016 Individual Artist Fellowships. This year the Fellowships were offered for visual and design arts.

The 2016 fellowships, awarded to artists from Portland, Eugene, Corvallis and Chiloquin, support artists working in visual arts and design and include support for creative time.
 
The following visual artists were awarded 2016 fellowships:

Natalie Ball, Chiloquin (Joan Shipley Fellow); Fernanda D’Agostino, Portland;Laurie Danial, Portland;Tannaz Farsi, Eugene; Julie Green, Corvallis; Laura Heit, Portland; Michael Hensley, Portland; Aaron Flint Jamison, Portland; Jim Lommasson, Portland; Elizabeth Malaska, Portland; Brenna Murphy, Portland; Ronna Neuenschwander, Portland; and Blair Saxon-Hill, Portland.

Read the full release.

 

2016 Arts Build Communities grants announced

Thirty Oregon communities received a total of $190,000 in 2016 Arts Build Communities grants to address community needs through the arts.
Vacant downtown storefronts become celebrations of community in Corvallis; Fishtrap inspires 1,700 in Wallowa County to read Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” before engaging in discussions, events and activities about rural isolation and community; and, in Portland, Sisters of the Road will produce “On the Ground,” a short film exploring the history and root causes of homelessness in Portland.
Now in its 20th year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences.

More than half of the 2016 awards went to communities outside of the Portland area.
Read the full release.
One funded project is The High Desert Museum’s upcoming “Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression,” where striking blanket columns will tell community stories. Photo by Marie Watts.
Statewide partners join new AFTA economic impact study
A new nationwide economic impact study led by Americans for the Arts launches this month. With help from nine statewide partners, the Arts Commission is sponsoring the Arts and Economic Prosperity Study 5 in Oregon, an effort to collect, measure and communicate data demonstrating the impact non-profit arts organizations have on the state’s economic vitality and Oregonians’ quality of life. This study supports the Commission’s Strategic Plan in utilizing research to measure and respond to the needs of the state’s citizens.

The study’s statewide partners will generate 11 separate studies covering a broad area of cities and counties throughout the state: Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Arts and Culture Alliance of Central Oregon; Oregon Coast Council for the Arts; Arts Council of Clatsop County; Arts and Culture Advisory Board of Corvallis; Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene/City of Eugene; Yamhill County Culture Coalition; Arts East (for NE Oregon); and the Regional Arts and Culture Council for the tri-county Portland metro region.

Please offer audience surveys at your organization’s events and fill out surveys when attending an arts event in those regions. It will help the arts in Oregon tell its story.
Arts Commission to visit Astoria in March
Arts Commissioners and staff will spend three days in Astoria March 16-18 for meetings and strengthening local connections.

The visit will begin with a noon brown-bag presentation at the Liberty Theatre on Wednesday, March 16, followed by an afternoon of informal meetings with local arts groups and individuals.

The Commission will hold a joint meeting with the Oregon Cultural Trust Board of Directors on Thursday, March 17, followed by a 5 p.m. open reception at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The Commission returns to the Liberty Theatre on Friday, March 18, for its quarterly meeting, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oregon Folklife Network offering traditional arts apprenticeships

The Oregon Folklife Network is now accepting applications for its

The program honors excellent master traditional artists and encourages culture keepers to apply with apprentices from their own communities, Tribes, cultural, religious or occupational group for $4,000 stipends.

Upcoming grant deadline

Applications for the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship are due by 5 p.m. on Monday. Feb. 1.

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