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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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Book Review: A History of How People Cooperate - And Why

We found this review by Frank Bures in the February 2013 issue of The Rotarian magazine. Since it resonates with a previously published interview with anthropologist Ellen Dissanayake and helps to explain how and why the arts are so ingrained in our collective psyche, we thought readers with the same fascination might also be interested.

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The Arts Are Patriotic, Too

Imagine this scene: there is a band playing as you walk in. As the musicians wrap up their piece and take their seats, a large choir pops up, featuring top-notch a cappella performers. This performance segues into rousing solo performances from vocalists backed up by beautiful orchestrations. Great writers are celebrated. Poetry is recited. And […]

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War Crimes: A Disdain for History & Culture in Timbuktu

Destruction of ancient mosque in Timbuktu

The door of the Sid-Yaha, one of Timbuktu’s three 15th-century-era mosques, was supposed to open on the day of reckoning, signaling to all that the end had arrived. Instead, it has been broken down as part of a larger campaign of destruction. The perpetrators of these demolitions are the Ansar-Dine, a group of Islamic radicals […]

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The Intersection of Creativity & Commerce Gives Us the Cultural Economy (from Arts Watch)

Culture equals jobs. This was the theme of the 2012 World Cultural Economic Forum hosted by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is one of the most enlightened and empowered elected leaders that this nation has ever seen regarding strategically investing in his city’s cultural economy in order to move it forward. As chief counsel […]

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Call to Artists: Donations to JAPAN NIGHT Auction to Benefit Fukushima Children

Child affected by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster

The Japanese Association of Southern Oregon is looking for Artists to donate their work to our JAPAN NIGHT silent auction. All proceeds will go directly to fund children in Fukushima, Japan, who are still affected by radiation poisoning. We invite all interested people to attend JAPAN NIGHT for an evening of Japanese Cuisine and Culture on Sunday March 11, 2012.

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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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America at a Cultural Crossroads

On July 22, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch spoke as part of the Chautauqua Institution’s lecture series, discussing the arts and arts education in a speech titled “America at a Cultural Crossroads.” You can view a portion of the speech below and the full speech at

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Experience of a Lifetime – Painting Workshop in Peru

Galina Milton

Paint beautiful Andean landscapes and people, visit Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Pisac and the city and museums of Cuzco and Lima with Artist Galina Milton.

11 days – September 13 – 24 $1597, includes accomodations, breakfasts, some lunches and class fee. (Airfare and materials not included.) For adults of all ages and experience levels Contact Galina at 775-813-4331 or [email protected]