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Oregon Arts Commission News

May 22, 2014
Community forums to meet executive director finalists announced

The search committee has identified finalists in the search for the next executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust and the public is invited to meet them and provide feedback to the committee. Pending the finalists’ availability, community forums will be held on Monday, June 2, in Salem and Portland. The Portland forum is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in the Oregon Historical Society Pavilion, 1200 SW Park Ave, and the Salem forum will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the State Lands Board Room, 775 Summer St. NE. Light refreshments will be served.  An online tool for collecting feedback on the finalists will be shared at the forums.

May 29 update:

Community forums to meet ED finalists confirmed, questions invited


The community forums with the finalists in the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust executive director search have been confirmed for Monday, June 2. The Portland forum is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in the Oregon Historical Society Pavilion, 1200 SW Park Ave.; the Salem forum will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the State Lands Board Room, 775 Summer St. NE. Light refreshments will be served.


The finalists will be announced Monday morning; short bios will be available at the forums.


The candidates will be presented individually at the forums. Each candidate will be provided up to five minutes to introduce themselves and share a brief overview of their background and experience. Then the candidates will have the remainder of a 30-minute time period to respond to questions submitted by stakeholders. In order to maximize the question and answer time, executive recruiter Twyla Lawson will be the sole person asking questions at the forums. 


Stakeholders are invited to provide suggested questions by emailing them to Lawson at [email protected]Questions also can be submitted, on provided note cards, at the beginning of each forum. In formulating questions, Lawson recommends thinking about one or two attributes or characteristics important to the position; she will do her best to fit in as many questions as possible. 


Forum attendees will be provided with a link to an online survey for collecting feedback on the candidates’ strengths and challenges. Stakeholders will have until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3 to complete the survey. The feedback will be compiled and provided to the members of the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust board prior to their interviews with the candidates later that day. A public session will be held starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday.


If you have questions about the process or would like to submit questions for the candidates in advance, email Lawson at [email protected].

Strategic Partner Spotlight: Oregon Humanities
Adam Davis


A conversation with

Adam Davis, Executive Director

Oregon Humanities

What is Oregon Humanities’ mission?

We’re in the business of building civic infrastructure – not roads and buildings but habits and practices of listening, thinking and talking with one another. Our vision is an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions and strives for just communities. 


How does your partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission benefit your work?

Sometimes with and sometimes independent of the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities works across the state to draw out and stir up imagination, reflection, empathy and hope in all of us. OAC and OH put on grant workshops together, cooperate on statewide activities like the Oregon Poet Laureate program, and generally aim to help people around the state build vibrant, connected communities. To oversimplify the conceptual foundations of the relationship between OAC and OH, OAC supports and attends to making and learning about arts, while OH supports and attends to making meaning. This means we’re first cousins, or even siblings.

Click here to see some upcoming Oregon Humanities events and activities.

Reminder: Commission to meet in Newberg June 27


The next meeting of the Oregon Arts Commission is scheduled for Friday, June 27, at 8:30 a.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center (415 E. Sheridan) in Newberg. The meeting is open to the public. An “Oregon Art Salon” community gathering will be held the evening before the meeting; an evite will be issued closer to the event.

Art in Action:

Does art keep our brains young? A special collaboration between Geezer Gallery and Oregon Health Sciences University aims to quantify the impact of art activity on brain function. Called “Vibrant Elders/ Capturing Time,” the project uses special sensors to track the activity levels of seniors before, during and after intensive, multi-disciplinary art therapy. Supported by an Arts Build Communities grant, the project will evaluate the efficacy of art therapy for elders with and without cognitive impairment by measuring changes associated with depression, anxiety, loneliness and social engagement during and after art therapy.


“Vibrant Elders/Capturing Time” will be part of an Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) exhibit opening June 6. In addition, it has captured the attention of the National Center for Creative Aging — Geezer Gallery has been asked to present at its national conference June 10-14 in Washington, D.C. Pictured: Elders taking part in Geezer Gallery’s therapeutic arts programs.

Murals are popping up in downtown Port Orford as part of an Arts Build Communities/Main Street Revitalization Association project to improve the attractiveness of, and civic pride in, the central business corridor.  The plywood

murals, some showcasing local artists and others created by school children, beautify several buildings with empty storefronts. The goal is to make Main Street a place people want to gather. Pictured here: a group of students working on concepts for several murals; and a 24-foot cat mural that now covers the skirt of a Main Street building/trailer that previously was full of holes and rotting boards.

ICYMI: Recent grant news


Here are links to the recently announced Art Acquisition Awards and Career Opportunity Grants. Congratulations to our newest grantees! 

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