Oregon Arts Commission News


September 2022 News & Updates

Welcoming two Arts Commissioners and a new staff member, announcing an opening on the team and celebrating almost 200 recent grant recipients! Visit our Website

Roberta Lavadour and Kamilah Long appointed to Arts Commission
Roberta Lavadour, the executive director of the Pendleton Center for the Arts, and Kamilah Long, founder and CEO of The Black Whole, have been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Governor Kate Brown. Roberta is an artist and arts administrator who lives and works in Pendleton. In addition to her leadership position with the Pendleton Center for the Arts, she serves as an advisor to the Roundhouse Foundation Residency program and as a member of the City of Pendleton’s Art Commission. Kamilah is an innovative leader and dynamic theatrical professional. Her multifaceted theater career includes roles as an actor, director, producer, educator, fundraiser, activist, and speaker. The Black Whole is a multimedia company focused on centering the Black global community through art and storytelling. It recently co-produced and served as a writer on the short film “You Go Girl,” selected for the Sundance Film Festival.“

Roberta and Kamilah epitomize the depth of passion and experience we need to support the arts in Oregon,” says Commission Chair Jenny Green. Read the full release.
Roberta Lavadour Kamilah Long

Sarah Baylinson named art collection and artist services specialist
Sarah Baylinson, the former exhibitions coordinator and collections manager for the High Desert Museum, has been named the Arts Commission’s new Art Collection and Artist Services Specialist. Sarah will manage artist materials and records of the State’s Percent for Art in Public Places collection, oversee the condition and location of artworks and provide service to the public, client agencies, artists and contract project managers in the specialized area of expertise related to public art, collections management and visual arts. They also will oversee the Art in the Governor’s Office exhibition series and support artist programs and special projects. Their previous experience includes work with the Bowman Museum in Prineville and the Log House Museum in Seattle. They served as vice president of the Oregon Museums Association for six years.
Sarah Baylinson

We are hiring!
Applications open for public art and artist programs coordinator
The Arts Commission is now recruiting for a new public art and artist programs coordinator. The position administers the statewide Percent for Art in Public Places program, which involves working with artists, architects, state agency representatives, educators, heads of institutions, contractors and the general public. The position is currently held by Eleanor Sandys, who will leave the Arts Commission at the end of October to explore creative pursuits and spend more time with her family.“

Eleanor’s contributions have been amazing and we will really miss her,” says Arts Commission Executive Director Brian Rogers. Learn more and apply. Application deadline Monday, Oct. 10.
Eleanor Sandys, who will leave the Arts Commission at the end of October.

FY2023 Arts Learning grants announced
Twenty-four arts organizations will each receive a $10,000 grant award to illuminate the power of the arts for K-12 students through $240,000 in FY2023 Arts Commission Arts Learning funding. All funded projects feature partnerships with Oregon schools reaching communities across the state. “So many schools lack adequate funding for arts education,” says Arts Commission Executive Director Brian Rogers. “We are grateful to these arts organizations for providing creative and enriching experiences for our youth. Arts education inspires further development and creative problem-solving skills, important for Oregon’s future leaders,” he adds. Read the releasewith recipients and project descriptions.

“Silus on Fire,” from the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization’s RiverStars Performing Arts program.

165 arts organizations receive $1,271,840 in Operating Support awards
Unrestricted awards totaling $1,271,840 will be distributed to 165 Oregon arts organizations through the Arts Commission’s FY2023 Operating Support Program. There are 13 organizations new to the program this year due to a growing number of eligible organizations. Ranging from $3,000 to $25,000, the grant awards are available to nonprofit organizations with arts at the core of their mission and budgets over $150,000. “We regularly hear that operating support is the most important type of award,” says Arts Commission Chair Jenny Green. “Especially now, as arts organizations struggle to recover from losses caused by the pandemic, these awards help relieve a bit of the financial pressure.” Read the full release listing all awards.

Tualatin Valley Creates’ 2022 LaStrada Artists. Photo by Michelle Bauer

106 statewide arts organizations receive FY2023 Small Operating Grants
Small grants that often make a large difference in ensuring arts access for Oregonians, especially in rural areas, have been awarded statewide to 106 arts organizations by the Arts Commission for FY2023. Awarded to arts organizations in virtually every region of the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000. Each organization will receive $2,261. “Although the Drexel H. Foundation (Vale) and our community is rural and small compared to other parts of Oregon, our impact is HUGE,” said Sandijean Fuson, president of the Drexel H. Foundation. “This grant helps us keep an unbroken existence of programs we have had for over 25 years, reminding our community they are important.” Read the full release, listing all awardees by region. 

Participants in the Open Hearts Open Minds Columbia River Correctional Institution Music Studio.

Upcoming grant deadlines
Arts Build Communities: Monday, Oct. 3
Individual Artist Fellowship (Performing Arts): Thursday, Oct. 13

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