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Keynote Speaker Announced for Oregon Arts Summit

Keynote Speaker Announced for Oregon Arts Summit

And More News from the Oregon Arts Commission

Speakers are now finalized for the Oregon Arts Summit in Southern Oregon, scheduled for Oct. 1-3 in Ashland..

Roberto Bedoya confirmed for Summit keynote

Roberto Bedoya
Noted writer, arts advocate and cultural worker Roberto Bedoya, a champion of art-based civic engagement projects, will deliver the keynote address for the 2015 Oregon Arts Summit on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites. A strong advocate for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging, Bedoya is the former executive director and current director of civic engagement for the Tucson Pima Arts Council. He previously served as executive director of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations, where he was co-plaintiff in the lawsuit Finley vs. NEA.
The full schedule for the Arts Summit, focused on a “Creative Exchange” theme and responding to survey input, is now posted. It includes a Thursday welcome reception and dinner with Arts Commissioners, a full day of content sessions Friday and a tour of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production facility on Saturday.
Included are sessions on financial stability, led by Susan Howlett of Strengthening Nonprofits, and equity and inclusion, as well as an arts education census with the Oregon Community Foundation and a travel and tourism incubator.

We would like to see a fantastic turnout for the Oregon Arts Summit in southern Oregon! It’s not often that we get to meet with the major sponsor of the arts in Oregon here on our home turf, and we need them to see a huge interest in the arts as well as a need for their continued attention here. Please make sure to register and attend!!
Susan Howlett

Arts Commission long-range plan coming soon

An intensive process that began with statewide town meetings last fall reached its conclusion when Oregon Arts Commissioners approved a five-year long-range plan at the end of June.
The plan is now being produced as a 16-page booklet that will be posted online and shared at the Oct. 2 Oregon Arts Summit.
Thanks to all who participated in the process and submitted photos to accompany the plan!
This photo of the Eugene Symphony’s Cuthbert Amphitheatre performance is featured in the long-range plan.

Grant news: 21 artists receive Career Opportunity Grants

Stephen Hayes, Bird, song.
Congratulations to 21 Oregon artists who received a total of $54,699 in Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation.
Career Opportunity Grants fund opportunities for artists to further their careers in areas that include artistic, business or professional development. The Ford Family Foundation Opportunity grants are available only to established visual artists who are over 30 years of age, have seven or more years of professional practice and are actively producing new work in the fields of fine art and contemporary craft.
Most of the grants support the artists’ participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities that advance their careers.
See the full list of artists and funded projects here.

 New grant to support small arts organizations

A two-year pilot grant program designed to provide operating support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000 is now open.
Applications for the first round of funding will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Eligibility is limited to organizations that have operated as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit for two years or more.
The program is in direct response to feedback received during statewide town meetings last year, says Arts Commission Chair Julie Vigeland.
Read the full release or visit the Arts Commission website for details.
A summer art group at The Dalles Art Center.

 Arts Build Communities grant deadline approaches

Jon Broderick and Jay Speakman perform at the 2015 FisherPoets Gathering, supported by an Arts Build Community grant from the Arts Commission.
Applications for Arts Build Communities grants, to support locally-based projects that address community needs through an arts-based activity, are due to the Oregon Arts Commission by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1.
Arts Build Communities grants range from $3,000 to $7,000 and recognize the role the arts and artists can play in community development. The program supports arts and other community-based organizations that form alliances and partnerships to strengthen communities through projects that connect the arts with local issues and opportunities.
For more information contact [email protected] or call (503) 986-0083.
Macy named Warm Springs executive 

Alyssa Macy
Arts Commissioner Alyssa Macy shared last week that she accepted the position of Executive Deputy Director for her Nation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The position works alongside the secretary-treasurer/CEO and oversees the four branches of the Nation including natural resources, health and human services, public utilities and public safety.
“While I’ve had some amazing professional experiences that have taken me around the globe, my heart has always been with my people,” says Alyssa. She will continue to work with newly re-established Warm Springs Youth Council as their adviser.

Bawa’s work featured in White Box exhibition

“Aqua Mapping,” a three-part journey by Arts Commissioner Avantika Bawa to respond to sites’ coastal history, topography and climate, culminates in a solo exhibit at U of O’s White Box through Sept. 26. The exhibition highlights stills and video of the rugged coastline of Astoria, an historic port city and so-called “graveyard of the Pacific.” An orange blimp was towed or carried on a passenger ferry and various boats via established routes to explore what happens when conceptual historical markers and borders become part of the physical landscape.
A First Thursday reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Student artists wanted for Art of Excellence

The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Arts Commission, calls all student artists from across the state to submit their work in the Art of Excellence 2015 contest.
Winning selections will be displayed at the Capitol, as well as other locations around Salem. Find details here.

Reminder: Fall grant deadlines

In addition to the deadlines listed above for Small Operating Grants and Arts Build Communities grants, an Oct. 15 deadline is also approaching for both Individual Artists Fellowships and Art Acquisition Funding. All applications are due by 5 p.m. on the published deadline.

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