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News form the Oregon Arts Commission and Survey with Sunday deadline...

February 12, 2014
Editor’s Note:  After a long hiatus, we are happy to revive the Oregon Arts Commission e-newsletter.  If you have suggestions for timely arts updates please contact [email protected].
Survey calls for input on executive director search
What qualities do you believe are most important in the next executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust? A stakeholder survey invites your insights and perspective on the attributes you believe we should be looking for during an upcoming national search to fill the position. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and will be live until Sunday, Feb. 16. Responses will be compiled and used to develop the ideal candidate profile, which will guide the selection process. All survey participants will be notified of a subsequent public session at which the recruitment plan and job posting will be adopted.
Link to the survey here.
(Clockwise from left) Kristin Calhoun of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Cary Clarke of Young Audiences, April Baer of Oregon Public Broadcasting and Diane Syrcle of the Oregon Symphony deep in discussion at the 2013 Oregon Arts Summit in Portland. Photo: Andie Petkus

Feedback leads to regional summits


In response to audience feedback from last year’s Oregon Arts Summit in Portland, the Arts Commission is considering a new regional approach to meetings for the fall of 2014. A statewide summit in Portland will be scheduled for 2015.


Survey results revealed that while the larger statewide summit is highly valued for networking and discussion of broad topics, many feel the need for more focused conversations around regional issues and strategies. This feedback led to a rethinking of the current model and a decision to pilot regional convenings in 2014. The number, locations and dates of the meetings will be identified in collaboration with regional groups.


We welcome your ideas and suggestions as we embark on a more innovative approach to meeting the needs of regional arts leadership. Please contact David Huff, assistant Oregon Arts Commission director, at [email protected] or 503-986-0086 with questions or concerns.

Christopher Acebo
Alyssa Dawamana
Avantika Bawa
Leadership, Commission transitions announced;
new officers elected

We want to take this opportunity to thank Chris D’Arcy, former Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust executive director, for 19 years of dedicated and transformational service. Among D’Arcy’s many accomplishments during her tenure were the creation of the Arts Builds Communities program and the development of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Shannon Planchon, assistant director of the Arts Commission from 2005 to 2013, agreed to serve as interim executive director until D’Arcy’s successor is named.

We also bid farewell to several members of the Commission who have stepped down in recent months: Jean Boyer Cowling; Roger Hull; Royal Nebeker; Henry Sayre; and Maurizio Valerio. Their leadership and commitment to the Arts Commission is deeply appreciated and they will be missed.

We are, however, excited to welcome three new members to the Commission. Christopher Acebo,the associate artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Alyssa Dawamana,development specialist with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, were appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber in November. Avantika Bawa,an assistant professor of fine arts at Washington State University Vancouver, Wash., joined the Commission in December.

Finally, the Commission voted on a new slate of officers at its February meeting. Julie Vigeland was elected to a second one-year term as chair and Libby Tower was elected vice chair.

Art in Action:  Horatio Law’s Paris residency
Visual artist Horatio Law, one of 23 recipients of the most recent round of Career Opportunity grants, is currently in Paris completing a four-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts made possible by his grant. We recently checked in with Law and learned he was working on an installation he expected to finish this week. He shared this photo of “studio experiments with vellum and found objects,” part of his preparation for the installation. “Paris is a culturally diverse city, and the Cité is a united nation of artist residencies providing amazing opportunities and exposure to global culture,” says Law. Law received $1,500 from the Oregon Arts Commission and an additional $3,569 from The Ford Family Foundation to support his residency.

Upcoming grant deadlines


Deadlines are rapidly approaching for two of the Commission’s grant programs. Applications for Art Acquisition Funding must be received by March 25; Arts Learning grant proposals are due by April 1 (note revised deadline).

Nominations sought for next poet laureate


Seeking “a bold and articulate voice for culture across the state,” the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Humanities and Oregon State Library jointly request nominations for Oregon’s next poet laureate. Paulann Petersen, who has served since 2010, completes her second term in April 2014. The nominating period runs through Feb. 28th.

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