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Artists Prove SocialValue of Art in Ferguson, St. Louis

Promote Peace in St Louis poster in St Louis, MO 2014

A few weeks after Michael Brown’s death rocked residents in and around Ferguson, Missouri, a small printshop in St. Louis took action. The graphic design studio, dubbed Firecracker Press, began hand printing posters emblazoned with the words “Promote peace in St. Louis.”

Amidst protests and heightened police presence in the city, the posters were made available to customers free of charge. Not surprisingly, the shop “sold out” of the wood type creations, though the print continues to live on in photos across sites like Twitter and Instagram. “Tell the world you support the debate that’s happening in Ferguson, MO and in the St. Louis region,” Firecracker wrote on its website. “Issues of inequality touch everyone… some more than others. Making posters is our small way of sharing our voice.”

Firecracker began offering its “Peace Posters” online, charging only for shipping and handling. “FedEx got its cut,” Firecracker owner Eric

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Art Presence Forms Committees

Art Presence has just formed committees to assist board members in the administration of the many activities our organization presents, to get more organized as we catch up to our rapid growth, and to facilitate the emergence of new programs for the public. Each committee is headed up by a board member, with member artists participating. Here are the current committees, members and contact information. We hope this will help both our own members, the public and press, and organizations working with us to find the right person to provide the information you need.

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Arts-Based Solutions for a Stronger America

On September 22-24, over 40 top-level private and public sector leaders along with renowned as well as emerging artists, converged at the Sundance Resort and Preserve for the sixth annual Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable, “Innovating for Impact: Arts-Based Solutions for a Stronger America.” The Roundtable is convened in partnership with the […]

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Email update of the Oregon Arts Summit – extended earlybird registration deadline!

2011 Oregon Arts Summit logo

Late last week, 122 of your peers secured their seats for the 2011 Arts Summit just in time before the early bird discount expired on Friday night. That brought our total registration to 286, with over half coming as part of a group learning team – and we’ve decided to extend the deadline until tonight, September 7 at 11:59 PM.

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Elementary Art Outreach Program CONTINUES!

Rogue Gallery and Art Center

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the recipient of a $2,775 grant from the Reed and Carolee Walker Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The grant will help increase visual literacy among elementary school students by presenting discipline-based visual arts education. The gift will fund a 5th grade art curriculum at Jackson Elementary School in Medford.

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Art Deadlines List – July 2011 Email Edition

ArtDeadline’s latest email of artist opportunities, including national and international shows, juried and non-juried, some with entry fees, some fee-free, many with cash prizes, seeking photography by women, portrait and pet photography, outdoor art & sculpture, poetry and writing, residency, socially/politically engaged art, sketchbooks, experimental art, and the Beaverton Annual Artist Visual Showcase! Deadlines begin July 29, some with lots of advance notice – Read on to see the opportunities available to you…

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The Visible Movement: Art That Challenges Us to Respond

For me, great art works challenge a viewer’s initial perspective and enables her or him to look at something in a different way, aesthetically, culturally, possibly politically. That may be enough. But in my own work, I want to do more. I am specifically fascinated by the relationship between art and action and how it […]

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Elementary School Student Helps the World Through Art

Kennedy is not only a second grader from Newbury Park, CA, but she is also proud to be a Friendly Neighborhood Helper. Friendly Neighborhood Helpers is a 501(c)(3) charity that she conceived in order to help kids help others, through art.

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