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Building Local Economies with the Arts

At an Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon meeting I saw a presentation by Jerry Work about how Appalachia converted poverty to a multi-million dollar economy through the arts. There were so many similarities between that region and the Rogue Valley, I wanted to bring it to the Medford business and arts community as well. I think this short presentation will inspire you and give you insight on how to help build cultural tourism in our area.

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Arts Action Fund News

Vol. I 2014 Quarterly Member Newsletter Support the Arts Action Fund PAC. Message from the President This January, I was honored to receive the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Sid Yates was my hero as well as a masterful legislator who represented the greater Chicago area in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 50 years until 1999. For 20 of those years, he chaired the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Related Agencies, which has direct jurisdiction over funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian, and the National Gallery of Art, among other cultural institutions. At the helm, he would turn dry congressional hearings into performance art through music, poetry, photographs, and drama. He set the initial appropriations to these agencies’ first-ever budgets, he significantly built their funding levels

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