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Oregon Arts Commission News

Strategic planning update:

Town meetings conclude, draft plan in progress


When the last idea was discussed on Dec. 12 in Eugene, Brian Rogers and staff had concluded 14 town meetings on a statewide tour to guide the future of the Oregon Arts Commission. They traveled more than 2,000 miles and heard from more than 500 people – including artists, arts administrators, legislators, mayors, teachers, advocates, supporters, business owners and parents. Commissioners also attended the meetings.


A small group brainstorms ideas during the Dec. 4 town meeting in Portland. All groups addressed the same question: How  can we  find new ways to expand the resources available to artists and cultural institutions?
“We had great turnouts and people really participated in the discussion,” says Rogers. “They took the time to share their ideas, now we need to compile them and develop a plan that reflects common themes and how the Commission might address them.”


The notes from each town meeting have been emailed to participants and all will soon be posted on the Commission website. Staff is reviewing the reports to identify similarities between town meetings and commissioners will hold a retreat in January to review and discuss. The goal is to have a draft plan finished in the spring.

“Some of what we heard was expected and some was surprising. All the input was incredibly valuable,” says Commission Chair Julie Vigeland, who attended five town meetings. “I know we have some lively discussions ahead of us and we are committed to getting this right.”

Alyssa Macy and Anne Taylor terms renewed;

Julie Vigeland and Libby Tower to extend leadership

Anne Taylor
Two recently appointed commissioners, Alyssa Macy of Warm Springs and Anne Taylor of La Grande, have had their terms renewed by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Macy and Taylor were both appointed mid-term for positions that expired in October. Their new four-year terms expire Oct. 31, 2018.

Alyssa Macy


“Alyssa and Anne bring strong and distinct voices to our work,” says Commission Chair Julie Vigeland. “We are excited to have them continue.”


In addition, commissioners voted unanimously at their

Dec. 5 meeting that Vigeland would continue as chair for a third year and that Libby Tower would serve a second year as vice chair.

Alyssa Macy named indigenous studies fellow


Alyssa Macy
Commissioner Alyssa Macy has been appointed Fellow for International Policy under the Center for World Indigenous Studies Forum for Global Relations program. Macy is a resident of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation (home to Wasco, Tenino and Paiute) and recently participated in the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. She will function within the Center’s education program under the Graduate Certificate Program as a member of the faculty designing and developing online courses she will teach through web conferences and digital courses.


Save the date: 2015 Arts Summit in Southern Oregon Oct. 2


Positive feedback from October’s Regional Summit in Bend and a Commission commitment to engaging all parts of the state led to scheduling the next Arts Summit in Southern Oregon on Oct. 2, 2015. The summit, to be held in Ashland, will address both statewide and regional issues. All are welcome. Stay tuned for location and schedule details.

Grant news: Upcoming deadlines


Two Commission grant programs have spring deadlines: Arts Recognition and Career Opportunity grants. Arts Recognition Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Career Opportunity Grant applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31.


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