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Spread the word about the Cultural Trust and other news from the Oregon Arts Commission

Oregon Arts CommissionIn this post:


  • Spread the word about the Oregon Cultural Trust
  • The Arts Build Community in Oregon: FY12 grants announced
  • Artists Fuel Oregon’s Economy: New Career Opportunity Grants announced
  • Congress Adopts Obama Levels of Funding for Arts & Humanities
  • Oregon Arts Commission Announces February 1 Deadline For Capacity Grant Applications for Arts Organization



Spread the Word about the Oregon Cultural Trust

By now you know that when you donate to any of 1,300 arts, heritage, and humanities nonprofits and then make an equal gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust, 100% of the matching gift will be returned when you file your taxes.


Only in Oregon can we double our impact on local culture without spending an extra dime. Yet many longtime supporters of arts, heritage, and humanities nonprofits still don’t know about this unique opportunity.


To help raise awareness, Oregon illustrators, animators, writers, and musicians banded together to create a wonderful 1 1/2-minute video that puts smiles on viewers’ faces every time we show it. Which, frankly, warms our hearts.


For those of you supporting Oregon culture with a donation in 2011, thank you. But know that there are other ways to help, as well. The simple act of forwarding this email to friends and neighbors or sharing the video on Facebook could have an inestimable impact on Oregon culture.


Spread the word! And thanks for all you do to make Oregon a culturally vibrant place to live.


The Arts Build Community in Oregon: New ABC Grants Announced

The Oregon Arts Commission announced 24 awards totaling $112,000 in the 16th year of its Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program.  These awards support arts projects and innovative partnerships that deliver community-based solutions for local issues and needs.


“Oregon’s arts non-profit and creative sectors use the arts to improve lives in communities of every size across the state,” said Julie Vigeland, who chaired the grant review panel. “This year’s funded projects reflect the work, planning and partnership developed to respond to some of the most pressing concerns in Oregon. Working with educational, medical, social service and economic development agencies, arts organizations are using their own skills and expertise to broaden the impact of the arts.”


Read about the selected projects:



Artists Fuel Oregon’s Economy:  New Round of Career Opportunity Grants Announced

Fourteen competitive Career Opportunity Grants totaling $31,505 were awarded in the second of four founding rounds this year.  The awards support individual artists who seek to take advantage of important opportunities to advance their careers through the development of artistic, business or professional skills.  This round includes considerable support to  artists for visual arts exhibits in national and international venues, as well as additional support for mid-career visual artists from The Ford Family Foundation.


Read about all of the artists:



Congress Adopts Obama Levels of Funding for National Endowments for Arts and for Humanities

Earlier this month, the US Senate passed by a vote of 67-32 the fiscal year 2012 appropriations legislation to carry federal funding through next September for the agencies that had been left without secure funding for the fiscal year—including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The day before, December 16, the House had passed the measure, 296-121, with 147 Republicans joined by 149 Democrats voting in favor of the omnibus budget bill. The bill provides $146.255 million for the NEA (and for the National Endowment for the Humanities), the same level requested by the Obama administration and above the $135 million passed by the House in August, but less than the $155 million—the 2011 spending level—approved for 2012 by the Senate Appropriations Committee in September.

The House-Senate conference report embodying the funding agreement provides details and policy directives beyond the bill’s language, including a restatement of the congressional mandate to allot 40% of grant funds to the states in the budget for the NEA.


Oregon Arts Commission Announces February 1 Deadline For Capacity Grant Applications for Arts Organization

The Oregon Arts Commission announces a February 1 deadline for competitive capacity grants that continue the capacity-building efforts of Sustaining Oregon’s Arts, a multi-year program to strengthen arts organizations in Oregon.  Available to Oregon arts organizations, the grants will enable groups to respond to the environmental changes by building their operating capacity, improving financial sustainability, refining artistic products, diversifying audiences and/or strengthening management and board governance.


“The nonprofit arts sector is facing structural changes brought on by technological advances, demographic and funding changes, and shifting consumer and donor behavior. This program will support ‘capacity building’ activities that strengthen an organization and help it better achieve its mission,” said Christine D’Arcy, executive director of the Commission.


Capacity building can occur in every aspect of an organization, including programs, operations, technology, finance, marketing, audiences and leadership.  Some examples of capacity-building activities are: developing a strategic or cultural participation plan, purchasing donor-management software, undertaking board development, engaging an executive coach, or participating in financial management training.


Applicants for Capacity Grants should be prior participants in Sustaining Oregon’s Arts programming, including participation or presenting at the annual Arts Summit, Leadership Exchanges and webinars.   Additionally, applicants must have received competitive grant support from the Oregon Arts Commission during the past two fiscal years.


Applicants must have a high willingness and ability to engage in capacity building, and a strong commitment of artistic, board, and managerial leaders to participate.


Capacity Grants will range from $5,000 to $30,000.   Completed applications must be submitted through the Commission’s online grant system no later than 5:00 pm February 1, 2012.  Log in to the online system here:


Additional information is available in advance of the deadline. Contact Shannon Planchon, Assistant Director, (503) 229-6062, [email protected] or Brian Wagner, Community Arts Coordinator, (503) 986-0083 [email protected], with questions.

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