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Oregon Arts Commission Names Poetry Out Loud Winner! MoreNews...


March 27, 2014

Gypsy Prince of Springfield named Poetry Out Loud champion

Gypsy Prince, a senior from Springfield’s Academy of Arts and Academics, is Oregon’s 2015 Poetry Out Loud state champion.


Prince, who won the state contest March 14 at Willamette University, is a three-time school champion who was making her second appearance at state. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.


“Gypsy’s performances were so beautiful, powerful and heartfelt,” says Commission Chair Julie Vigeland. “We are very proud of her and will be rooting for her to bring home the national championship!”


Prince’s winning performance was a recitation of “Mrs. Caldera’s House of Things” by Gregory Djanikian.

Gypsy and fellow finalist Mitchell Lenneville react as she is named Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud state champion. Photo by Greg Wahl-Stephens.


(left to right) Commissioner Alyssa Macy, Gypsy Prince, Commission Chair Julie Vigeland and Executive Director Brian Rogers at the Poetry Out Loud State Contest. Photo by Greg Wahl-Stephens.
Riley Knowles, a sophomore from West Linn High School, was named Oregon’s runner up; if for any reason Prince is unable to participate in the national competition, Knowles will represent Oregon. 

Nine students who won their school contests and placed at regional events advanced to the state contest.


Read Prince’s profile in the Eugene Register Guard.

Commission joins “Conversations with Funders’ tour

Arts Commission grant managers will join Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner and colleagues from Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office April 1-7 for “Conversations with Funders,” a five-stop state tour to discuss how cultural nonprofits may apply for more than $4.7 million in collective grant funds this year.

This work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard is part of the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture’s Women’s Art Exhibit, supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Organizations encouraged to attend include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. 

“Conversations with Funders” begin Wednesday, April 1, in Springfield and conclude April 7 in The Dalles. Conversations also are scheduled in Coos Bay (April 1), Bend (April 2) and Oregon City (April 7).


Click the links for details and to register.


Grant alert:

$89,375 awarded for three new ‘World of Work’ projects

Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington will train students to be concert sound technicians; Caldera will teach Warm Springs Academy students about transmedia storytelling – or telling a single story via multiple media. And Arts in Education of the Gorge will lead 20 Wy’East Middle School students in partnering with professional artists to design, create and install three public art pieces.


Dozens of middle- and high-school aged underserved Oregon youth will experience creative industry careers alongside working professionals in three new “Connecting Students to the World of Work” projects announced this week by the Arts Commission. 

The three new awards bring the total number of “World of Work” projects funded in the two-year program to 11; all 11 projects will share $30,220 in extension funds to close the program’s funding cycle.


Read the full release.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 PEEPS (Professional Educational Experience Program students) prepare to run sound for the Festival’s Green Show as part of a 2014 WoW project. Photo by Jenny Graham.


PAM Young Patrons to host arts ecology discussion

Meagan Atiyeh, visual arts coordinator, will moderate a conversation about collecting and patronage in Portland at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the Portland Art Museum. The event is hosted by the museum’s Young Patrons.

The conversation is part of an ongoing series organized by the Arts Commission with support from The Ford Family Foundation. Future discussions will be held at Portland State University and in Astoria, Eugene, Pendleton and Ashland. It also begins a series of talks organized by PADA, Portland Art Dealers Association.

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected]

Fellow Jayanthi Raman releases two books

The public is invited to attend a free book release celebration for 2015 Arts Commission performing arts Fellow Jayanthi Raman from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4, in the rotunda lobby of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts in Portland.


Brian Rogers, Arts Commission executive director, is a chief guest. Rogers wrote the foreword for Raman’s first book, “Bharatha natyam: The Dance of India.”


“It was the fellowship award that gave me the boost to publish after years of dormancy!” says Raman.
Raman’s career spans over three decades as an award-winning performer, choreographer, master artist/educator, speaker, writer, promoter and producer. She is profiled on the Arts Commission website.


Performing arts Fellow Jayanthi Raman will celebrate the release of two book on Indian dance May 4.
Grant news: Upcoming deadlines 

Three Commission grant deadlines are fast approaching. Arts Learning grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. Operating Support and Arts Services grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1.


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