The grant application meeting

We hovered around the table.  Brooke Nuckles Gentekos has most of the text compiled.  We played a bit with numbers and a budget.  It’s funny to come up with 750 characters including spaces.  It actually makes some things harder to read.  It’s nice to have bullets but then you have spaces.  We did get the grant application in on time.  We have bonded as a group.  I am so pleased that art is finally becoming noticed and acknowledged as an economic driver in […]

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Art Matters Salon and Panel Discussion at RGAC May 21!

flyer why the arts matter may 21

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Yesterday’s Tragedy in Boston

The tragedy in Boston yesterday was horrific and inexplicable and all of us at Americans for the Arts send our deepest sympathy and thoughts to those injured and to their families. As we saw and heard things unfold from our offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, the Americans for the Arts staff began […]

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Art Matters Salon and Panel Discussion at RGAC May 21!

Join southern Oregon art community leaders for a discussion of the importance of art to individuals, kids, education, local economies, people with disabilities and the broader community! Share why art matters to YOU in an informal setting and hear why others value art too. Let your voice be heard by people who have influence in southern Oregon arts policy! arts-matter-salon-announcement_may-21

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April Events and Exhibit at Illahe Studios & Gallery

Inocente, from the documentary "Inocente"

Roxanne Evans Stout “Spirit Tree”

This April will be our Fourth Annual Book Arts Show and our second year of bringing creative works from the community into the gallery in our Community Press Project, a community collaborative book arts venture. Also, as an exciting special event we will be exhibiting the boldly colorful, fantastical prints of Inocente, the teen artist who is the focus of the Oscar winning short documentary, “Inocente” being featured this year in the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during First Friday Art Walk on April 5th from 5~8 p.m. Enjoy an early spring evening stroll with other art lovers and meet the artists. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic” -Stephen King.

With 21 local and national Book Artists, our Fourth Annual Book Arts Show promises to provide a rich sampling of

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April Exhibit, Events and Featured Artist

Art Presence Art Center will exhibit “The Fine Art of Pastels” during the month of April. Linda Evans will have a solo show of her pastels in the front gallery. Evans will also demonstrate her process on April 6th from 2 – 3 pm.

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My response to the NEA's call to cast votes on their 2012 policies

NEA Policy Vote 2012

This morning I sat down intending to go straight to work on the website project that’s feeding my family right now. Opening Thunderbird to read my email, the first thing that caught my eye was one from the National Endowment for the Arts asking members to cast votes approving or disapproving the NEA’s 2012 art policies. Of course I clicked the link, expressed my approval and began to write in the “additional comments” field. Getting caught up in my passion for the arts, I wound up writing more than I had intended, so I’m sharing it in the event that some of you might find it an informative case for the importance of the arts in our lives.

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Reclaiming Art

In using arts and culture to build community, we often forget that the greatest resource isn’t necessarily the program we design, or the object we create, or the idea we generate. It is the people themselves. We somehow forget that art is theirs; that for a very long time now people have intuitively used it […]

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Parks UnCorked

 Parks Uncorked will return for the fourth year at the Santo Community Center in West Medford. 95% of the ticket sales, auctions and donations are used to provide scholarships for area youth to participate in Parks & Recreation programmin…

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