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March News from Oregon Arts Commission

March 2016
Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s 2015 production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel.”
Operating Support grant guidelines now posted;
Guidelines include several changes, DataArts delayed
New guidelines for FY2017 Operating Support Grants distinguish arts organizations by discipline and launch a two-year grant application cycle that includes full applications the first year and interim applications the second.

This year Dance, Music, Film/Media and Interdisciplinary organizations are required to submit full applications while Arts Services, Literary, Theatre and Visual Arts organizations are required to submit an interim application. The deadline for both applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

The changes also include the incorporation of Arts Services Grants with Operating Support Grants. Eligible applicants in both categories should apply through the Operating Support application
Note: Due to unexpected delays with DataArts’ (also known as the Cultural Data Project) launch of a new platform, the Arts Commission will not require organizations to fill out a Cultural Data Profile this year. Financial reporting for this year’s application will be the same as last year.
Oregon Community Foundation to provide additional
Career Opportunity Grant funding
Jayanthi Raman, a Career Opportunity Grant recipient who also was awarded a 2015 Fellowship.
A new partnership between The Oregon Community Foundation and the Arts Commission will provide an additional Career Opportunity Grant funding opportunity for literary and performing arts artists this spring.
Applicants may apply for up to $1,500 from the Arts Commission and up to an additional $7,500 from the Oregon Community Foundation.

The partnership mirrors a similar collaboration between the Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation for grants to visual artists.

The grants are open to established literary and performing arts artists over 30 years of age who have an opportunity to further their careers through artistic, business or professional development. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 5. The grant guidelines are posted on the Arts Commission’s website.
Poetry Out Loud finalists compete for state title March 12
Regional Poetry Out Loud competitions held Saturday, May 5, in Beaverton, Medford and Salem identified the nine
Oregon high school students who will compete for the state title at Willamette University on Saturday, March 12.
Three finalists were selected from each regional competition with 34 statewide schools participating.
The three top finishers from the Northern Regional Contest, held at Powells Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, were: Brandon Czel, Gresham’s Center for Advanced Learning; two-time state finalist Mitchell Lenneville, Baker Early College Web Academy (Baker City); and Sheila Panyam from Lincoln High School in Portland.
Finalists selected at the Central Regional Contest at Salem’s Willamette University are: Elliot Freeman from Springfield’s Academy of Arts and Academics; Guadalupe Nava-Pena from Oregon School for the Deaf; and Paul Schroeder from Veritas School in Newberg.
The winners of the Southern Regional Contest, hosted at the Medford Public Library, are: Chad Moncus, Logos Public Charter School, Medford; Olivia Frakes, Cascade Christian High School, Medford; and Sadie Swartwout, a two-time school champion making her first trip to state, Crater Renaissance Academy, Central Point.
Central Region finalists (left to right) Elliot Freeman, Guadalupe Nava-Pena and Paul Schroeder.
Southern Region finalists (left to right) Chad Moncus, Olivia Frakes and Sadie Swartwout.
Northern Region finalists (left to right) Sheila Panyam, Brandon Czeland and Mitchell Lenneville.
Eleanor Sandys joins Percent for Art team
Eleanor Sandys
Eleanor Sandys, a former public art assistant registrar at the San Francisco Arts Commission, is the new Registrar and Research Specialist for the Arts Commission’s Percent for Art program. Eleanor will work with Visual Arts Coordinator Meagan Atiyeh to manage Oregon’s statewide arts collection, and to assist program-wide with documentation and artist and artwork information.
At San Francisco, Eleanor helped to manage and document a collection of 3,600 public artworks. She brings previous experience at a variety of arts and cultural organizations, including FOR-SITE Foundation, San Francisco Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley and Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft and Portland Japanese Garden.
Eleanor has a bachelor’s in cultural anthropology from Reed College and a master’s in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University.
“I look forward to re-engaging with the arts communities in Oregon and helping to care for the state’s public artworks,” says Eleanor.

The Astoria Bridge near the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Photo by Cory Grove.
Arts Commission, Cultural Trust to visit Astoria March 16-18
North coast arts and culture professionals and supporters are invited to participate in special meetings with the Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust March 16-18, including one-on-one opportunities with staff members to learn about grant opportunities.
The visit will begin at the Liberty Theater on Wednesday, March 16, with a 12-1:30 p.m. brown bag community meeting to present the new five-year strategic plans for both the Commission and the Trust. That afternoon the Commission staff will host a “pop-up” office with Trust staff also available to answer questions about the cultural tax credit and upcoming grant opportunities.
On Thursday, March 17, the Trust will hold its quarterly meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at the Liberty. Members of the community are encouraged to join Trust Board Members, Arts Commissioners and staff members for a 5-6:30 p.m. reception at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. RSVP for the reception here .
On Friday, March 18, the Arts Commission will hold its quarterly meeting from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. at the Liberty Theater.
Samanatha Wall wins PAM’s Arlene Schnitzer Prize

Congratulations to Samantha Wall, a 2014 Arts Commission Fellowship recipient who won the 2016 Arlene Schnitzer prize at last month’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at Portland Art Museum!

Wall’s work, as well as that of the six other Contemporary Northwest Art Award winners, is on view at PAM now through May 8.
Read more about the award. Read Wall’s 2014 Fellowship profile. Watch her award video.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu sends gift of art
A little more than a month after her visit to Oregon, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu sent a thank you gift – personal sketches she created as memories of her time here.


The sketches recreate signage Chairman Chu saw during site visits with the Oregon Arts Commission to Highland Park Middle School, The Northwest Film Center and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

WESTAF delegation visits Washington D.C.
Oregon’s WESTAF delegation (left to right) Libby Unthank Tower, Erin Graham, Brian Rogers and Candace Kita in front of the Capitol building.
Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower and Executive Director Brian Rogers were half of an Oregon delegation meeting with our Capitol Hill lawmakers to discuss National Endowment for the Arts and arts funding in early February.
Organized by the Western States Arts Federation the group also included WESTAF Chair-Elect Erin Graham, OMSI’s chief operating officer, and Candace Kita, a Portland Art Museum advancement assistant who also is an alum of WESTAF’s Emerging Leaders of Color program.
The group met personally with Sen. Jeff Merkley, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Congressman Peter DeFazio, among others, and lobbied to increase funding for the NEA from $.41 per capita to $1 per capita. “A delegate from California shared the analogy of this being approximate to a box of crayons per person,” says Libby.
Libby said the Oregon team had a warmer reception than most of the Western state delegations. “The Congressional leaders representing Oregon understand the value of creativity in our society,” she says.
Upcoming grant deadlines

Spring grant deadlines include April 5 for Career Opportunity Grants (literary and performing arts) and April 27 for Operating Support and Arts Services grants (Arts Services now folded into Operating Support Grants).


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