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OAC Announces Strategic Plan for the Arts

OAC Announces Strategic Plan for the Arts, positive feedback on 2015 Oregon Arts Summit, 18 Career Opportunity Grants Awarded

OAC Announces Strategic Plan for the Arts, positive feedback on 2015 Oregon Arts Summit, 18 Career Opportunity Grants Awarded

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Building Public Will for Arts and Culture: Performers from the Steens Mountain Ballet's Ballet II troupe perform at an Evening to Celebrate the Arts before the Burns symposium. Accompanying them on violin is India Paramore. Photo by Larry Gilliam.

May 31, 2015 Performers from the Steens Mountain Ballet’s Ballet II troupe perform at an Evening to Celebrate the Arts before the Burns symposium. Accompanying them on violin is India Paramore. Photo by Larry Gilliam.

 

Art’s Transformative Power focus of Burns Symposium Compelling stories of art contributing to economic and cultural vitality in rural communities highlighted the May 19 and 20 Southeast Oregon Symposium on the Arts and Economic Development in Burns.

“We heard very distinct and successful examples of where small, isolated rural communities have utilized the arts to strengthen local economy and quality of life,” says Brian Wagner, Arts Commission community development coordinator and event facilitator.

Close to 100 people attended the Symposium, hosted by the Harney County Arts in Education Foundation as part of an effort to explore the feasibility of building a Harney County Performing Arts and Education Center.

Linda Neale (left), advisory board

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Oregon Arts Commission News Harney County symposium connects arts to economics A design concept for the Harney County Performing Arts & Education Center. Arts supporters, community leaders and educators will gather in Burns May 19 and 20 for the Southeast Oregon Symposium on Arts and Economic Development.

Presented by the Harney County Arts in Education Foundation in partnership with the Harney County Chamber of Commerce, the two- day symposium will be facilitated by Brian Wagner, Arts Commission community development coordinator.

Featured speakers will share experiences using the arts as an economic development tool in rural communities. The event will coincide with an annual evening of celebrating the arts. The symposium’s overarching theme will be the proposed Performing Arts & Education Center and its economic and artistic impact on Harney County.

Learn more and register. NEA seeks arts stories for 50th celebration As part of its 50th anniversary celebration,

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Arts Summit in Southern Oregon and more from the Oregon Arts Commission

Read this post for lots of important news from the Oregon Arts Commission!

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Strategic planning update:

Town meetings conclude, draft plan in progress

 

When the last idea was discussed on Dec. 12 in Eugene, Brian Rogers and staff had concluded 14 town meetings on a statewide tour to guide the future of the Oregon Arts Commission. They traveled more than 2,000 miles and heard from more than 500 people – including artists, arts administrators, legislators, mayors, teachers, advocates, supporters, business owners and parents. Commissioners also attended the meetings.

 

A small group brainstorms ideas during the Dec. 4 town meeting in Portland. All groups addressed the same question: How can we find new ways to expand the resources available to artists and cultural institutions? “We had great turnouts and people really participated in the discussion,” says Rogers. “They took the time to share their ideas, now we need to compile them and develop a plan that reflects common themes and how

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Oregon Arts Commission Town Halls, Poetry Out Loud, Grant Updates

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Town meetings launch planning process

Three weeks into the strategic planning process, Brian Rogers and alternating staff teams have logged three road trips, seven towns and 1,600 miles. And during 21 hours of town meetings, they have learned about regional and statewide issues, hearing from more than 200 Oregonians about arts and culture priorities, concerns, aspirations and opportunities.

Brian Rogers collects idea cards at the La Grande/Cove town meeting. Commission members also are attending to hear directly from participants. “The energy and enthusiasm of the participants in Pendleton and Salem (the first of five town meetings I’m attending) was fantastic,” says Julie Vigeland, Commission chair. “Clear themes came through immediately, including the need for more support for arts education and other ‘to dos’ that the Commission can tackle quickly. We heard strong voices saying that applications need to be shortened and simplified. Amongst other suggestions was the request

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Brian Rogers named Executive Director of Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust

Brian Rogers, New Executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust

June 3, 2014 Brian Rogers of Pennsylvania named Executive Director of Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust

Brian Rogers – an accomplished painter, arts and culture consultant and the former deputy director of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts – has been named the next executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust. Rogers was appointed today by Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins following a months-long search that culminated with community forums in Portland and Salem Monday.

“The strength of the arts and culture throughout Oregon not only drives economic impact on its own, but is critical to attracting talent for our growing companies and providing a quality of

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News from the Oregon Arts Commission

 

April 17, 2014 Michael Dalton Michael Dalton and Lawrence Fong appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission Lawrence Fong

Michael Dalton, a retired Oregon State University professor who lives in Corvallis and Newport, and Lawrence Fong, an independent curator and writer from Portland, have been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Both have significant arts experience; Dalton serves on the boards of both Corvallis’ da Vinci Days Festival and the Newport Symphony Orchestra, and Fong was associate director and curator of American art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art from 1996 until 2009. Read full bios for Dalton and Fong.

“We are thrilled to have Michael and Larry add their extensive arts experience and expertise to the Commission,” says Julie Vigeland, chair of

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March 19, 2014 Editor’s note: This is a time of great change for the Oregon Arts Commission. We asked Chair Julie Vigeland to share her thoughts on key opportunities and challenges moving forward. The Commissioners gathered for a photo during last week’s quarterly meeting in Ashland. Pictured (left to right): Commissioners Libby Tower, vice chair, Eugene; Julie Vigeland, chair, Portland; Alyssa Dawamana Macy, Simnasho; Christopher Acebo, Ashland; Avantika Bawa, Portland. Not Pictured: Josie Mendoza, Lake Oswego. Photo Andy Atkinson.

Change can be challenging, but it also presents opportunities for introspection and revitalization. Over the past few months we have spent time looking at the work we do and coming up with more efficient ways to do it. We want to ensure that we are making the most of the resources we have to best serve the field. Similarly to many of the organizations we work with, it’s important

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2/24/14 News from the Oregon Art Commission

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February 24, 2014 Executive Director search launched Thank you to everyone who participated in our public survey to identify the needed attributes of the next executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. A public meeting was held on February 24, 2014 and the job posting was approved and adopted. The search is now open! Applications due by the end of the day on March 13. For additional information on the requirements and desired attributes for the position please view the complete announcement. This announcement can be found at the following website: www.oregonjobs.org.

Celebrate poetry in our schools

 

Meet Breanna Ryder, a student at the Oregon School for the Deaf who won her school’s Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition last week. She moves on to one of three regional POL competitions, scheduled for March 8 in Ashland, Beaverton and Salem.

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