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News from Oregon Arts Commission

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December 19, 2012
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Portland animal photographer Carli Davidson photographed at Wildlife Safari by Holly Andres for the Cultural Trust.
1300+ Great Reasons to Support Arts and Culture in Oregon! Ten years ago, the Oregon Legislature established the Oregon Cultural Trust to make sure incredible cultural experiences are available in communities in every corner of Oregon. 1300+ represents the number of arts, heritage and humanities organizations the Cultural Trust has recognized since.

The Cultural Trust is about preserving and growing culture in Oregon so that more Oregonians and visitors benefit from the good things the arts, heritage and the humanities bring — more educational opportunities for our children, more economic growth and development and more personal creativity and satisfaction.

I know you believe in the power of the arts and culture to inform our lives, to make sense of the present and to help us make better choices for the future.

Like the arts organizations so many of you enjoy and support, the Cultural Trust needs your support. We know your mailboxes, both physical and virtual, are stuffed full of messages asking for your help. But I hope you’ll join with me in putting this request at the top of your list.

Give to any Oregon arts or culture organization. Or add up the tax deductible portion of a membership to a museum or public broadcaster. Match those gifts with a gift to the Cultural Trust by December 31st- and reap the reward of a generous state tax credit. Be generous – give or learn more at www.culturaltrust.org
Best wishes for the holidays and a spectacular 2013!

OAC’s Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

The Arts Commission staff is a ravenous bunch. We are fortunate to work with artists across the state every day. The natural result of our work? Long wish-lists. We could easily have a gift guide year-round, but the holidays call for this very special selection for your gifting consideration.  From The Opulent Project’s “Mistakes Were Made” one-of-a-kind rings, to a luscious Eva Lake lithograph produced at Crow’s Shadow, and the words and sounds of Oregon authors and musicians, there’s a bit of art for everyone.

 

Thirteen Artists Recognized with Fellowships

Thirteen artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work were selected to receive Artist Fellowships earlier this month. The Commission considered 77 applicants working in literature and the performing arts on the basis of the quality of the applicant’s work, their sustained professional achievement and potential for future contribution to the field.

This year, the Oregon Arts Commission continues to make a special, honorary Joan Shipley Award to one Fellow, recognizing the great Oregon arts leader Joan Shipley, who passed away in 2011. Shipley was a collector, philanthropist and supporter of many arts and humanities organizations. In 2005, she and her husband John received an Oregon Governor’s Arts Award.

Fellowship artists include:

Performing Arts:

Holcombe Waller, Portland; Joan Shipley Award, performance artist, musician

Molly Barth, Eugene; flutist

Jonathan Walters, Portland; director, actor

Joe Manis, Eugene; jazz saxophonist

Susan Chan, Portland; pianist

 

Writers:
Dao Strom, Portland; memoir and nonfiction
Andrea Stolowitz, Portland; playwright
M.E. Hope, Klamath Falls; poetry
Kirsten Rian, Portland; nonfiction
Evan Schneider, Portland; fiction
Scott Sparling, Lake Oswego; fiction
Geri Doran, Eugene; poetry
Mark Allen Cunningham, Portland; fiction
Arts Build Communities Grants Announced

Fishtrap’s month-long Wallow County Reads, The Arts Center in Corvallis’ Art in Rural Storefronts and Breaking the Silence: The Power of Voice, a visual arts project interpreting the Japanese American Experiences at the Tule Lake Segregation Center are three of the twenty-three Arts Build Communities (ABC) grants funded by the Arts Commission this month.

 

The grants, totaling $114,000, support projects that address important local community issues including literacy, downtown redevelopment, community planning and cultural inclusiveness through a variety of arts disciplines to provide positive and lasting change for people throughout the state.

 

Over half of this year’s fifty-three applicants are based outside the Portland metro region and the award distribution reflects the diversity of applicants, reaching small and large communities on both sides of the Cascades.

 

Read more about the funded projects.

Maurizio Valerio Appointed to Arts Commission

 

Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed Maurizio Valerio of Union to the Oregon Arts Commission.

Valerio is a Regional Program Coordinator for Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), a non-profit that builds leadership in rural areas through consultation in community building, economic vitality and organizational development with specialized programming for Latino, tribal and youth audiences.

 

Born in Italy, Valerio immigrated to the United States where he received a Master of Arts in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley before moving to Eastern Oregon, where he raised a family. Valerio’s interests and experience capture the modern-day pioneer spirit of rural eastern Oregon. His expertise in zoology extends to ranching and horse breeding. While owning and running Eccoci Ranch, he also served as Associate Editor for Western Side Magazine, an Italian publication focusing on the history and horse culture of the American West. Culture and cultural tourism have since remained central to Valerio’s work, including ongoing consultation and teaching in the arts and tourism, the development of the world’s largest database of outdoor service providers, and, since 2007, his work with RDI.

 

Valerio is a graduate and active member of The Ford Family Foundation’s Ford Institute Leadership Program, and has volunteered his service as a grant review panelist for the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Tourism Commission.  On the topic of the arts, he says, “I grew up in Verona Italy, the town of Romeo and Juliet where the words of Shakespeare and the music of Verdi are a constant reminder of how the arts bind our communities, provide jobs and feed our souls.”

 

“Maurizio Valerio is a great addition to the Oregon Arts Commission,” said Chris D’Arcy, “He represents eastern Oregon’s rich culture perfectly- where art extends beyond the easel and concert stage to really reach out into the land.”

Cultural Tourism Applications Due January 31, 2012

 

Oregon arts organizations and units of local governments working to increase tourism motivated entirely or in part by the arts-related offerings of a community or region are invited to submit applications for Cultural Tourism grants.

 

The Commission offers the grants to support projects and partnerships that advance arts-based cultural tourism activity.  Grants can support activities undertaken by arts or tourism groups – and especially projects in which both collaborate to attract Oregonians and non-residents, to communities, regions and the entire state through the strength of the arts-related offerings.

 

Proposed projects may enhance an existing cultural tourism project or fund a new initiative.

 

Recent grantees in this category include the Ross Ragland Theater, for a new promotional effort, Eat, Stay, Play, promoting the cultural treasures of the Klamath Basin; Cultural Byways, a collaborative arts and cultural marketing effort led by Arts Central in Bend, and Portland’s Miracle Theatre, to develop “fam” tours for educators, journalists and key leaders from the Latino community with the goal of increasing attendance among the Latino visitor market.

 

View the guidelines.

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