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Oregon Arts Commission News

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July 18, 2013
People looking at an art exhibit.

Project Space, organized by the Salem Art Association to present the work of contemporary artists in downtown Salem.

Deadlines Set for Arts Build Communities and Arts Recognition Grants


The Oregon Arts Commission has set deadlines for two of its programs geared toward emerging arts organizations and those that serve rural or underserved communities throughout the state:


Arts Recognition GrantsApplications due September 10, 5 pm
Arts Build Communities GrantsApplications due October 1, 5 pm


Arts Recognition grants are $1,000 awards to arts organizations that are increasing their outreach and marketing efforts to raise their profiles in the community. These grants are a visible indication of Commission support and can help leverage other funds and resources.  Examples of recent awards include Dancing People Company in Ashland, which used its grant to support marketing and outreach for a “Salon Series,” in recognition of its goal to offer dance experiences that are meaningful to a broad range of the community; and  the Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, for a new brochure on the Americana Project in recognition of the festival’s efforts to reach Sisters Schools with American Roots music and art forms.


Small to midsized arts groups that have not received Commission funding in the last 12 months are encouraged to submit Arts Recognition proposals.


Arts Build Communities grants are $3,000 – $7,000 awards that recognize and support both the arts in local communities and the involvement of the arts and artists in community development. The program recognizes the expanding role of arts organizations in the broader cultural, social, educational, and economic areas of community life. Support is provided to arts and other community-based organizations who form alliances and partnerships to strengthen communities through projects that connect the arts with local issues and opportunities. Grant applications from communities underserved by arts services will receive priority for funding.  Underserved communities include those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.


Recent grantees include the  Friends of Klamath County Library, working with  Mazama High School, Ponderosa Junior High and the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Site on a visual arts exhibit interpreting Japanese American experiences at the Tule Lake Segregation Center;  The Arts Center in Corvallis for  Art in Rural Storefronts, a series of contemporary art installations in vacant commercial spaces in the Mid-Willamette Valley; and Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, to support the New Memories Project which uses teaching artists to lead improvisational theater workshops with early onset Alzheimer’s patients.


All applications for Arts Recognition and Arts Build Communities Grants must be submitted electronically through the Commission’s online system,


For more information: [email protected]  or (503) 986-0082.


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