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Art Matters! to Communities…

Hannah West, founding editor of Art Matters!, recently wrote an article based on recent research into the positive impact of the arts on our state, local and national economies, the economic benefit from and demand for cultural tourism, and the power of the arts in education. Her piece now appears in the February issue of the Jacksonville Review; we’ll republish it here after their circulation has had a chance to see it in the paper.

Meanwhile, if you find yourself in Jacksonville this month, pick up a copy of the Review at any news stand in town. We’re looking forward to seeing if they also post it at their own website, http://jacksonvillereview.com and, now that the paper is on the street but the website hasn’t yet been updated, we are confident that they will. Once it appears we hope you will contribute your own thoughts in the comments. We’ll

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Kudos to just-published family members!

The most amazing thing happened a few days ago. My cousin, Pulitzer Prize nominee Greg Barrett, has been laboring over his new book since 2010 and it was just released. But here’s the surprise – he included the refrain from a reggae-style song by Lazar (my son, now of Tribal Frequencies, who hold the #1 […]

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New book acknowledges S.Oregon songwriter as inspiration...

The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq, by Greg Barrett

With a Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Afterward by peace activist Shane Claiborne, The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq is a true story of people from the small desert town of Rutba, Iraq who saved the lives of three American peacemakers when a car wreck nearly killed them on their way out of the country, just days after the Shock and Awe campaign began in 2003 and despite the fact the Rutba General Hospital had been destroyed by bombs just 3 days before. Southern Oregon songwriter Lazar had the honor of a refrain from one of his songs published, along with a thank you for his music, in the book’s acknowledgements.

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