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May 2020 Oregon Arts Commission News

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May 2020 Oregon Arts Commission News & Updates

A call for Governor’s Arts Award nominations, updated COVID-19 resources, a live Facebook event to celebrate 2020 Poetry Out Loud students and 2020 Individual Artist Fellows announced!

Deadline May 26

Nominations open for 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards

Governor Kate Brown recently opened nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards. The Arts Awards recognize and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts in Oregon. They are held periodically as funding allows.
The Governor’s Arts Awards are open to any individual, organization or community that currently resides in or has a significant presence in Oregon and has made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. A special category for 2020 recognizes virtual arts engagement during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Awardees will be honored on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. Note: If social distancing prevents a public gathering, the event will be produced as a live-streamed Facebook event.
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. The 148 past recipients of an Award are not eligible. Read the full release.
Traditional American Indian storyteller Esther Stutzman, a 2017 Governor’s Arts Award recipient.
Traditional American Indian storyteller Esther Stutzman, a 2017 Governor’s Arts Award recipient.

CARES Act funding awarded to Operating Support recipients

Relief funding awards will soon be distributed to more than 130 Oregon arts organizations who have previously received Operating Support grant awards from the Arts Commission. Made possible through CARES Act funding awarded to the National Endowment for the Arts, the awards require review for artistic merit and quality, which is included in Operating Support panel review. Awards will range from $2,000 to $10,000 depending on budget size.
In approving the awards at its May 1 meeting, the Arts Commission also called for the creation of an Ad Hoc committee to discuss FY2021 grant fund allocations.
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, an Operating Support grant award recipient.
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, an Operating Support grant award recipient.
WESTAF cares relief fund for arts organizations

Updated COVID-19 resources for arts organizations

The Arts Commission continues to update relief resources for arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. New to the list is $450,000 in funding from Oregon Humanities made possible by the CARES Act funding to the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Western States Arts Federation’s WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations, which opened May 6.
The Business Oregon Small Business Navigator is updated daily, with many resources open to nonprofits.

The Oregon high school students who qualified for Oregon’s State Poetry Out Loud Contest will be celebrated in a live Facebook event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. The State Contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 health crisis, as was the national Poetry Out Loud contest.

Live Facebook event to celebrate Poetry Out Loud students –

Mark your calendars!

The Oregon high school students who qualified for Oregon’s State Poetry Out Loud Contest will be celebrated in a live Facebook event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. The State Contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 health crisis, as was the national Poetry Out Loud contest.
“The students worked so hard to prepare their poems for the State Contest,” said Deb Vaughn, who coordinates the Arts Commission’s Poetry Out Loud contest. “They deserve this opportunity to share their achievements.”
Poetry Out Loud is a national contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

2020 Individual Artist Fellows announced

Nine Oregon artists have been awarded 2020 Individual Artist Fellowships by the Oregon Arts Commission. The 2020 fellowships recognize and support artists working in the visual arts.
The visual artists awarded 2020 fellowships are: Julia Bradshaw, Corvallis; Melanie Flood, Portland; Erik Geschke, Portland; Colin Ives, Eugene; ruben garcia marrufo, Portland; sidony o’neal (Shipley Fellow), Portland; Kaj-anne Pepper, Portland; Maya Vivas, Portland; and Sarah Wertzberger, Portland.
Fellows are recommended by a panel of Oregon arts professionals who consider artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work(s). The Arts Commission reviews and acts on the panel’s recommendations.
sidony o'neal, “And Now, Square Trees,” Installation View, Fourteen 30, 2019
sidony o’neal, “And Now, Square Trees,” Installation View, Fourteen 30, 2019

Americans for the Arts surveys national relief success

Americans for the Arts recently launched The CARES Act Arts Funding Tracker to learn who in the arts has applied for federal relief funds (PPP, disaster relief, NEA, etc.) and their success as well as harvest stories about how the arts are being used in local pandemic response or recovery efforts.

Upcoming grant deadlines

Operating Support Program: Monday, June 1. Contact: Kat Bell
Arts Learning Program: Wednesday, June 17. Contact: Deb Vaughn
Oregon Arts Commission | Phone 503-986-0082 | www.oregonartscommission.org

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