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News from the Oregon Arts Commission


November 10, 2016
The Art Summit’s morning session ended with a panel discussion on arts as an effective change agent.

2016 Summit Eexemplifies Arts In Action

 Attendees ranked their experience of the 2016 Arts Summit in Corvallis highly. With a conference theme of Arts In Action, Keynote speaker Tim Carpenter of EngAGE provided an outstanding example of creative programs that are developed to encourage vibrant aging. The August Wilson Red Door Project’s “Hands Up” performance and its associated speaker panel also gave attendees a rich, powerful and sometimes raw window into the lived experience of many Americans of color.

Overall people found the speakers and performers inspiring and valued the opportunity to network with other arts professionals. Those who came the afternoon before the Summit participated in the welcome reception, generously hosted by the Corvallis Arts Center, and arts themed dinners with Arts Commissioners. These were cited by several attendees as their favorite part of the Arts Summit.

The evaluation revealed that interaction with others is a key take-away from the event.

The 2017 Arts Summit, celebrating the Commission’s 50th Anniversary will be held Friday, Oct. 6, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. Mark your calendars now and register early. If you have suggestions for next year’s speakers, please reach out to [email protected]In the meantime, enjoy this link to photos from the 2016 Arts Summit.

LaTevin Alexander of the August Wilson Red Door Project delivers a dramatic “Hands Up” performance.

Pat Boas’ “Cipher” to be exhibited in the Governor’s Office

Pat Boas, Untitled (yellow), 2015, Sumi ink, gouache and flashe on Khadi paper. 30 x 22 in. Photo T. Harrison. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Collection of Dave Pollin and the Canopy Hotel.


Portland artist Pat Boas will exhibit “Cipher” in the Governor’s Office at the Capitol Building in Salem from Nov. 22 to Jan. 12.

Boas uses the form, movement and sound-sense of words as maps for abstraction. Her paintings and works on paper distort the code of written language to the point where the viewer might glimpse, but not grasp, an implied meaning. Beginning with common stencil letters or the shapes between letterforms, the pieces develop into characters that are not easily deciphered, like logos too complicated to achieve the usual aim of instant recognition.

The artist explains, “I want to confuse the acts of reading and looking, writing and drawing, jostling them with the noise of color and form.”

An exhibit in the Governor’s office is considered a “once in a lifetime” honor.

Read the full release.

World of Work project wins NAMMY award

One of the recent Connecting Students to the World of Work grant projects contributed to a music video honored Sept. 17 with the top prize in the best music video category for the Native American Music Awards, also known as the NAMMYS.
Students participating in the Beats Lyrics Leaders project funded by the Arts Commission worked with Oregon-based hiphop artist Blue Flamez (Scott Kalama) to produce “Rez Life” with Portland’s Ibori Records. Ibori, through Beats Lyrics Leaders, was awarded a 2014 World of Work grant to partner indigenous youth with professional teaching artists. The project allowed 16 Native American youth to participate in song writing retreats and music training programs with entertainment personalities and musician mentors.
A still of the students featured in “Rez Life.”
“I’ve seen them grow up from kids to young men and it makes me proud to know we won an award for our efforts as a team,” says Flamez. “That’s what life’s about — dreaming big and making it happen!”

Arts Commission schedules meeting in Lake Oswego;

All are invited to Dec. 1 reception


The Oregon Arts Commission will hold its quarterly meeting at the Lakewood Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 2. It is open to the public.

Artists, arts organizations and supporters are invited to gather with Arts Commissioners and staff for an informal Arts Salon reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the 510 Museum & ARTspace (510 First Street in Lake Oswego).

Please RSVP for the reception by Monday, Nov. 28, to Bonnie Fox at 503-986-0130 or [email protected]

At left: Lee Kelly’s Angkor I in Lake Oswego, purchased through an Oregon Arts Commission Art Acquisition grant.


Grant alert!

Mid-level artists encouraged to apply for Career Opportunity Grants

Record funding is available to support Oregon artists’ career opportunities in December. Through partnerships with The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation, visual, performing and literary artists may apply for up to $9,000 to further their careers in artistic, business or professional development.
Artists may apply for up to $1,500 from the Arts Commission and, if they are over 30 and actively producing new work, an additional $7,500 from The Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation. The Ford Family Foundation supports artists in the fields of fine art and contemporary craft. The Oregon Community Foundation funds are available only to established Oregon literary and performing arts artists.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Guidelines and more information are

2015 Career Opportunity Grant recipient Beckey Kay’s Chapman Tabula Rasa Shelter Hive.

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