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Oregon Arts Commission Seeks Assistant Director

Assistant Director Recruitment 
The Oregon Arts Commission is recruiting for an Assistant Director, our primary budget and fiscal officer, responsible for grants and budget management and office operations. Major duties include: oversight of all Arts Commission grant programs; lead for ADA and access issues; budget management for the Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust; serving as the primary contact with the National Endowment for the Arts; and oversight of information systems.
The Commission is seeking candidates with experience working in the arts, heritage and the humanities; exceptional interpersonal skills; experience in effective team and coalition building to achieve agreed upon goals; who are capable of communicating complex facts to various audiences through written, oral and on-line presentations; are strategic thinkers and committed to the mission of the Arts Commission; and have the ability to understand finances and budgets and connect those with goals.
Applications will be accepted until January 25, 2013. Read the full posting at

Now Online: Video Catalogue
2012 Oregon Arts Summit

The fourth annual Oregon Arts Summit on October 12, 2012 offered a frame for attendees’ exploration of leadership “lessons learned”. Summit ideas reverberated across the state and beyond, courtesy of the Summit’s grad student tweeting reporters from University of Oregon’s Arts Administration Department. The stimulating stories told by national and Oregon presenters are now available on the Oregon Arts Commission website.

Each of the day’s sessions is available, including a 250-second “day in review” video, a keynote by Eric Booth, and presentations by Max Williams, Dr. Rudy Crew, Dan Wieden, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and all 12 Pecha Kucha presenters. Shot by Oregon Convention Center video crew and edited by The Canoe Group and Cam Williams, the videos will be permanently archived on our site.

Click through to to relive the Summit, to share it with others… or to experience it for the very first time.

Oregon Culture Earns its Own Field Guide

Did you know that more than 1,300 arts, heritage, and humanities non-profits produce and protect cultural activities on behalf of Oregonians? Now, for the first time, those activities are being catalogued in one place. Visit for more information.

The site includes a series of informational videos showcases Cultural Trust-funded attractions in the seven regions of Oregon. Original portraits by photographer Holly Andres include subjects such as author Cheryl Strayed, wine industry pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser, advertising guru Dan Wieden, and Grammy-winning musician Esperanza Spalding. The site is accepting nominations to build its debut selection of featured activities and anyone can participate. Users give a “thumbs up” to their favorites, and a live tally of “Trending Activities” displays the most popular.

2012 Summit Snapshot: Eric Booth
A Call for “Authentic Leadership”

Your personal leadership, your work within institutions, and the responsibility we all share for leadership within our community… I hope you discover kinds of leadership that you didn’t know you had… and get back to where the impulse for the arts came from, that original place.

Keynote speaker and arts education leader Eric Booth introduced the Summit framework of leadership tools (listening, wayfinding/decision, storytelling and including/empowering), offered a compelling keynote address on authentic leadership and encouraged the reflective learning in the closing session. Begin exploring Eric Booth’s remarks with this keynote excerpt.

New Creative Oregon Stories Posted

Be sure to follow this link to read the new Creative Oregon online stories by Portland writer Lisa Radon:

  • Career Opportunity grant recipient Linda Hutchins draws and makes music with thimbles.
  • Marie Watt creates skyscrapers with folded blankets, creating work that reflects story and ritual embodied in everyday objects.
  • Poet and publisher margareta waterman of Winston has released 70-some books and chapbooks of poetry through her press, nine muses books.

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