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Oregon Arts Commission News

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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