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Latest News from the Oregon Arts Commission

Creative Oregon spotlights posted on home page

Portland writer Lisa Radon is writing about Oregon’s arts and creative assets with monthly posts to the OAC website. Her three profiles for January 2011 include the recently announced 2010 Media Arts Fellowship awards; Tina Olsen, the Portland Art Museum’s curator of education extraordinaire; and the Giuseppe Vasi show organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Arts – that’s now on its way to Princeton.

New Career Opportunity Grant Guidelines include details on The Ford Family Foundation Opportunity Funding

The Arts Commission will manage The Ford Family Foundation’s new Opportunity Grants that will be reviewed in conjunction with the Commission’s Career Opportunity Grants. The Foundation is offering additional resources to mid-career Oregon visual artists who face unanticipated circumstances that could aid in significantly advancing the creation, production or exhibition of their work. The first deadline for this new program is February 14, 2011, Oregon’s birthday.

Cultural Tourism Grant Applications due January 31, 2011

Applications for FY11 Cultural Tourism grants will be accepted until a postmark deadline of January 31, 2011. Review the guidelines or read the media release announcing the FY2010 grants.

Access Reimbursement Grants Available Now

Oregon arts groups can take advantage of the new Access Reimbursement grant program, which will assist them in providing public access to all individuals who want to participate in their programs and activities. The grants range from $200 – $1,000. Only one award has been made to date; it helped the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with the sign interpretation of seven performances of six plays during the festival’s three Sign Interpreted Weekends. As a result of announcing the signed performances at the start of the season, the festival sold 245 tickets to deaf patrons and their companions in 2010, an increase of 24% from the prior year. How are you planning to make your programs more accessible? How can we help?

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