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News from the Oregon Arts Commission

 

April 17, 2014
Michael Dalton
Michael Dalton and Lawrence Fong appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission
Lawrence Fong
  

Michael Dalton, a retired Oregon State University professor who lives in Corvallis and Newport, and Lawrence Fong, an independent curator and writer from Portland, have been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Both have significant arts experience; Dalton serves on the boards of both Corvallis’ da Vinci Days Festival and the Newport Symphony Orchestra, and Fong was associate director and curator of American art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art from 1996 until 2009. Read full bios for Dalton and Fong.

“We are thrilled to have Michael and Larry add their extensive arts experience and expertise to the Commission,” says Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission. “Their addition to the team positions us to make great progress in setting our future vision.”

Executive director search reopens

Following a preliminary round of interviews, the screening committee for the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust executive director search elected to reopen the search to ensure a pool of two to three finalists for the public round of interviews. While impressed with initial applicants, the committee determined expanding the search will guarantee a stronger group of finalists. “We are committed to finding the best possible candidate to lead our organizations into the future,” agreed Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission and Bob Speltz, chair of the Cultural Trust board. “If that requires spending more time on the process, we will do it.” Applications will be accepted at www.oregonjobs.org through Monday, April 28. Read the complete job posting here. Questions should be directed to Twyla Lawson, the state’s executive recruiter, at [email protected].

Strategic Partner Spotlight: Oregon Folklife Network
Riki Saltzman

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of spotlights on organizations that partner with the Oregon Arts Commission to enrich the cultural vitality of the state.

 

A conversation with 

Riki Saltzman, Executive Director

Oregon Folklife Network

ofn.uoregon.edu

 

What is your mission? 

As the state’s folk and traditional arts organization, the Oregon Folklife Network works with  statewide culture and heritage partners to make a meaningful difference in Oregon communities and Tribes by documenting, supporting and celebrating our diverse cultural traditions and by empowering our tradition keepers.

 

How does your partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission benefit your work? 

Our partnership with the Arts Commission enables OFN to connect with folk artists, organizations, communities and Tribes across the state to determine local needs, deliver technical assistance and create new opportunities for folk artists. We help artists present their music, dance, song, crafts, stories and knowledge in parks, libraries and schools, as well as at festivals, conferences and gatherings or via exhibits, videos and the internet. As the Commission’s designated Folk & Traditional Arts partner, we receive NEA Folk & Traditional Arts partnership funding through a national competitive process. Those funds leverage others, allowing us to conduct field research and collaborate with communities, organizations and Tribes to develop and sponsor high quality folk arts programming that increases public awareness of Oregon’s diverse living cultural heritage.

 

Click here to see some upcoming Oregon Folklife Network events and activities.

Grant panelists sought

The Arts Commission is always seeking members of the public to review a variety of grant applications. Ideally each panel includes people with discipline-specific expertise and arts administration experience, as well as arts education and community development specialists. Those who are interested and able to participate in an on-line grant application review plus an all-day deliberation process are invited to complete this form.

Panelists are selected based on the knowledge needed to review particular grants; ability to augment  or provide expertise that might not be present in the other panelists; geographic representation; cultural representation; and the ability to serve on the panel date established.

Art in Action:

 

PNCA empowers students

 

(Left to right) Students Missy Barlow, Sean Schafer and Zach Lingle debate their group’s concept drawings for an out-of-the-box apiary at Alpha High School in Gresham; the students are partnering with design professionals through Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Creative Conservation Corps, funded by a World of Work grant. The project empowers at-risk students to be primary investigators in community-focused craft and design projects that connect hands-on work to creative careers in multiple fields. Learn more on their project blog

Miracle embraces Baker City
 
Richard Chavez of the Miracle Theatre Group speaks at a community gathering in Baker City during an April 2-4 residency funded by a 2014 Arts Build Communities grant. The actors spent Thursday in area schools before hosting the gathering with traditional Latino foods and personal story sharing. Friday began with a social justice theater workshop followed by an Act/reAct art exercise and printmaking with Frank Janzen. The residency culminated with a performance of “Cuéntame Coyote,” presented by Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre and Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Inc
 

 Dykstra composes, performs in Iceland

Oregon’s own Jordan Dykstra, left, backstage with celebrated Iceland composer Daniel Bjarnason at the Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s March 27 European premiere of Bjarnason’s “Blow Bright,” a piece commissioned by the L.A. Philharmonic. Dykstra is in Iceland for a three-month apprenticeship funded by an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant.

A composer, performer and violist with a concentration on strings, Dykstra also is completing an internship at the neo-classical label Bedroom Community and doing studio engineer work with Valgier Sigurðsson at Greenhouse Studios. He’s even found time for a solo performance! ICYMI, here’s an Oregonian story that heralded Dykstra’s trip.

   

Art in Action bonus: Here is a profile of Vanessa Renwick, a 2014 Career Opportunity Grant recipient, posted yesterday by The Oregonian’s David Stabler.

Upcoming grant deadlines

 

A May 1, 5 p.m. on-line application deadline is fast-approaching for Operating Support and Arts Services grants, offered to Oregon arts organizations. Guidelines for both programs are available here. All applications must be submitted electronically. No paper submissions will be accepted. Operating Support Grants support the operations of, and public access to, the programs of Oregon’s medium and large nonprofit arts organizations. Arts Services Grants support the services and activities and outreach of local and regional arts councils and other organizations providing arts services that benefit Oregonians on a local or regional level.   

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