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OAC Announces Strategic Plan for the Arts

Members of Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre perform to open the 2015 Oregon Arts Summit in Ashland. Photo by Jenny Graham.

Feedback positive on Oregon Arts Summit

How to engage and include diverse audiences was a key focus at the “Creative Exchange” 2015 Oregon Arts Summit in Ashland Oct. 1-3, where close to 200 artists, arts leaders and volunteers convened with the Oregon Arts Commission. Sessions also focused on tourism, fund raising and education, with a surprise closing keynote appearance by Ben Cameron.

Attendees at the 2015 Oregon Arts Summit, held at Ashland Hills Hotel, break down the role of art education during a session of educational programming. Photo by Jenny Graham.


Cameron’s appearance was called a major highlight by several attendees in the Arts Summit’s online survey. Other comments: “A new standard was set for the Summit!” “The topics were both relevant to Oregon and tied to national initiatives.” “The flow of the creative exchange went smoothly and the energy level among participants stayed strong and lively.” “Enjoyed the energy, commitment and inspiration of many of the speakers – thanks for setting that tone.”
The 2016 Arts Summit will be held in Corvallis in early October, date to be announced soon.
Here’s a Summit recap courtesy of the Salem Statesman Journal.

OAC Announces Strategic Plan for the Arts

One year ago, the Arts Commission was completing a series of statewide town meetings to gather information for the strategic planning process. After several months of work by staff and an ad hoc Commission committee, the plan was approved by the full Arts Commission the end of June. The plan was shared at the Arts Summit and is now available online.
The plan uses two interconnecting lenses for action: 1) diversity, equity and inclusion; and 2) sustaining, measuring and responding. Each goal, objective and action is viewed through those lenses.

Grant news: 

18 artists receive Career Opportunity Grants

Sheiks Two by Michael Kaster, a recent Career Opportunity Grant recipient.
Vanessa Renwick will drive 8,600 miles to participate in a 33-stop U.S. tour of her films. Jana Meszaros designed a mixed-abilities dance piece with choreographer Alito Alessi for a Nov. 11 DanceAbility International open house. Michael Kaster is participating in The Land Mark Show at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

The first of three rounds of 2016 Career Opportunity Grants, announced this week, awards $54,649 from the Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation to 18 Oregon artists for career development projects. The awards include $25,649 from the Oregon Arts Commission and $29,000 in supplemental funding for six artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation. Individual grants range from $641 to $7,500.

Read the full release.
Time to register for Poetry Out Loud  
Oregon high schools are invited to participate in the 2016 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, a free program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance while mastering public presentation skills, building self-confidence and learning about literary heritage.
Participating teachers receive free multimedia curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, audio guide, teachers’ guide, posters and comprehensive website all aligned to national standards – augmenting their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a classroom-level competition. School-level recitation champions compete to advance to the regional, state and then national levels.
Summit Celebration

Oregon Arts Commissioners gather for a celebratory photo with 2015 Oregon Arts Summit keynote speakers Ben Cameron and Roberto Bedoya and Executive Director Brian Rogers. Pictured (clockwise, starting at left) are: Anne Taylor, La Grande; Avantika Bawa, Portland; Cameron; Josie Mendoza, Lake Oswego; Rogers; Alyssa Macy, Warm Springs; Vice Chair Libby Tower; Bedoya; Christopher Acebo, Ashland; and Chair Julie Vigeland, Portland. Not pictured are Michael Dalton, Corvallis and Newport, and Larry Fong, Portland.

Upcoming grant deadline
Applications for the second of three rounds of FY2016 Career Opportunity Grants are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

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