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News from the Oregon Arts Commission, August 12, 2011

Oregon Arts Commission

  1. Fall grant application deadlines approaching:  new online application process
  2. Call to Artists for 1% project at Oregon Institute of Technology
  3. NEA Announces New Grants for Arts Research
  4. Save the Date: October 5, 2011 – Arts Summit
  5. Oregon Days of Culture 2011: Bigger and Better



Fall grant application deadlines approaching:  new online application process

Career Opportunity Grants, in tandem with The Ford Family Foundation Opportunity Grants  Next quarterly deadlines:  August 16, 2011, November 15, 2011


Arts Recognition Grants

Deadline: September 14, 2011

Media Arts Fellowship   [offered in partnership with the Northwest Film Center]

Deadline:  September 30, 2011   Applications are submitted directly to the NW Film Center

Arts Build Communities Grants

Deadline: October 3, 2011

Individual Artist Fellowships

Deadline:  October 17, 2011

All fall 2011 grant applications will be submitted electronically.  Guidelines and application information is available at


Call for Artist Qualifications for 1% Project at Oregon Institute of Technology

The Oregon Arts Commission announces the following call to artists, open to all.   Note:  artists who  applied to the Oregon Public Art Roster should also apply to this opportunity if interested , as roster jurying is still underway.


Institute of Technology: Village for Sustainable Living

National and international artists are invited to submit qualifications

The Art Selection Committee for the Oregon Institute of Technology Village for Sustainable Living seeks artwork to enhance and animate the outdoor living spaces of this residence hall. Work defining and lending character to the three outside common areas of the apartment units may involve passive use of wind, solar or other sustainable technologies. Creating a sense of place and belonging for resident students while providing inspiration that emphasizes sustainable life styles, innovation and opportunities for learning is foremost.

Submissions must be received in person or by mail at the Arts Commission offices by 5PM, September 9, 2011.  The approximate art budget for this project is $115,000, which will include artist fees, and fabrication, insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation, and all other project costs. These funds may be divided between multiple art projects.  Please review the full project description..

New Grants for Arts Research 

The NEA is offering grants to conduct research that will lead to greater public understanding of the contribution of the arts. The NEA anticipates awarding up to 25 grants in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. November 8 is the application deadline for projects that can begin May 1, 2012. To register for a webinar on Research: Art Works Grants on August 18 or October 11, or download grant guidelines, visit the NEA website.

Save the Date: October 5, 2011         2011 Arts Summit

Mark your calendar for the Oregon Arts Summit 2011: The Currency of Connection.  Sold out in 2009 and 2010, this annual gathering invites national and local visionaries to join Oregon’s arts community to explore The Currency of Connection.

What:     The Oregon Arts Summit 2011: The Currency of Connection

When:     October 5, 2011

Where:    Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon

Who:             Join Douglas McLennan founder of, innovator Richard Evans of EmcArts,  game designer Colleen Macklin of Parsons The New School for Design, and Michael Daigneault of BoardSource – just to name a few!

Early bird registration will go live on August 23, 2011.

Oregon Days of Culture 2011: Bigger and Better

In 2010, organizations in 65 cities and towns hosted 599 Days of Culture events: film screenings, live performances, tours, exhibits, readings, dinners, community gatherings, volunteer activities, and family events.

2011’s celebration will be the farthest reaching yet, with additional events, greater visibility, and more participants than ever:  This Is Culture: 2011 Oregon Photo Contest, Fundraising video and your organization.

Increase attendance at your events, raise awareness of your good work, and maybe even win $1,000 to support your efforts (without even writing a grant request!). Here’s how:

Starting August 17, 2011, list all of your Days of Culture events (October 1-8) on We’ll promote them to thousands of participants around the state. We’ll even link back to your website.

Urge your fans and advocates to enter the photo contest. Two winners will earn the right to make $1,000 donations to a cultural nonprofit of their choice—which could be yours. Share the fundraising video by embedding it in your website and pointing to it from emails, Facebook, and Twitter.


Christine D’Arcy, Executive Director

Oregon Arts Commission – Oregon Cultural Trust

775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200

Salem, Oregon 97301-1280

[email protected]


Oregon culture doesn’t fit in a glass case.  Learn more.  Get involved.

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