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OAC Announces Artist Registry and New Commissioner

Launching our new Artist Registry, welcoming a new Arts Commissioner and sharing timely grant opportunities!
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Call to artists New statewide Artist Registry now open! To ensure artists’ access to funding opportunities and build a case for more artist resources, the Oregon Arts Commission partnered with The Ford Family Foundation to create an Oregon Artist Registry.
Professional artists are strongly encouraged to sign up for the registry by completing a brief survey about themselves and their artistic practice. The hope is to reach and connect with as many Oregon artists as possible, including those who haven’t previously accessed funding programs.
“We know there are many more working artists throughout the state than we currently have in our database,” says Eleanor Sandys, the Arts Commission’s interim visual arts coordinator. “Our hope is to update and expand our artist network so that we can better support the diverse artists in Oregon’s many communities.” 
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Sam Hamilton (foreground) with the Camas High School Choir following a 2019 performance of THIS IS A CHOIR at Portland Art Museum. Hamilton recently received a Career Opportunity grant award from the Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation to support production of video and visual artworks for a solo exhibition at the Transmediale Festival in Berlin. Photo by DJ.
David Harrelson appointed to Arts Commission David Harrelson, the Cultural Resources Department manager for The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and a Grand Ronde tribal member, was recently appointed to the Arts Commission by Governor Kate Brown. David has championed the use of his people’s ancestral art forms for the purpose of public art. His support for this work has resulted in five public art installations in the last four years throughout Northwestern Oregon. He has worked in the field of cultural resources for 10 years and before that worked as a wildland firefighter.
“We are thrilled to have David join the Arts Commission at this important time,” says Commission Chair Anne Taylor. “As we pursue ensuring greater equity and inclusion in all we do, his experience and expertise in tribal artistic practices will enhance our conversations.”
“It is an honor to join the Oregon Arts Commission,” says David. “I look forward to lifting up indigenous artists and art forms while ensuring broad reach and accessibility of the arts statewide.”
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David Harrelson
Arts Access Reimbursement grants now available Organizations may now apply for grants to fund expenses related to providing access to arts activities and programs, including virtual events.
Access reimbursement grants fund: offset of expenditures for specific access expenses; public access to all individuals who want to participate in arts activities offered by Oregon arts nonprofits; activities to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the identification of best practices in accessibility throughout Oregon.
For more information contact [email protected].
Sign language at Portland Playhouse courtesy of Oregon Art Beat.
Upcoming grant opportunities*
WESTAF ARP Deadline July 15
National Endowment for the Arts ARP Deadline Aug. 12
NEA Our Town Deadline Aug. 5
Oregon Humanities ARP Deadline Aug. 27
Oregon Arts Commission Arts Build Communities Deadline Oct. 1
Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grants Deadline Sept. 8
Oregon Arts Commission Arts Access Rolling Deadline
Oregon Cultural Trust Organizational and Professional Development Grants Quarterly Deadlines
*Included are current grant opportunities from other funders for your information and convenience. Be aware that you may apply to multiple funding sources for American Rescue Plan funds as long as you request funds for different eligible expenses in each application. The details on how the $50 million in ARP funds awarded by the state of Oregon will be distributed have yet to be finalized. 

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