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SOAR Welcomes Jessica Lee!

Mixed Media Works by Jessica Lee at GoodBean Coffee : Eclipse, Mixed media painting by Jessica Lee

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is honored to introduce mixed media artist Jessica Lee of Ashland.

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A Good Day, from the Cultural Advocacy Coalition

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition is grassroots and ground-up. We lobby on behalf of arts and culture, primarily in Salem, to pass an agenda that is shaped by our members and adopted by our Board. We educate legislators, provide research and analysis for policymakers, communicate with affected groups and advocate for a thriving future for arts and culture in Oregon. We need individuals and organizations willing to support this important work with donations and real-time advocacy for culture. We are most effective when we represent the full range of our diverse statewide cultural community. If you care about Oregon Culture: we need you. Please join today and help us defend the Oregon Cultural Trust; advocate for arts education and robust state funding of arts, heritage and the humanities.

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The Arts Aren’t in Kansas Anymore, Toto

Why publicly support the arts when the debt’s hitting its head against a $14 trn ceiling and unemployment’s at 9 percent? America’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 bn in economic activity every year, incuding $63.1 bn in spending by organizations (twice as much as aerospace) plus $103.1 billion in event-related spending by audiences, supporting 5.7 million jobs nationally and generating $29.6 bn in government revenue. The for-profit and non-profit culture industry generates nearly $30 bn in revenue to local, state and federal governments every year. The three levels of government collectively spend less than $4 bn annually to support arts and culture — a spectacular 7:1 return on investment; try getting that in mutual funds.

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EUGENE BENNETT TRIBUTE~

Eugene Bennett, Founder of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center

Community members are invited to a tribute in memory of Rogue Valley artist Eugene Bennett to be held on Friday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Avenue, Medford, Oregon. Bennett, who passed away on November 2, 2010, will be honored with music, words, and film. A reception follows at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett Street, where a week-long exhibition of Eugene’s art will be on display along with work from recipients of the Eugene Bennett Scholarship Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.

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Rogue Gallery & Art Center announces Tribute to Eugene Bennett

Eugene Bennett, Founder of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center

Please join us April 22 at 7pm at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23. S. Central Ave in Medford, for a tribute to the founder of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center and lifelong advocate of the arts in southern Oregon. Lobby opens at 6:00 pm; Theater at 6:30 pm. Reception to follow at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center.

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