May 2, 2016
To Be Continued, 2015, installation by 2016 Joan Shipley Fellow Natalie Ball, to be included in "Selected Works" in the Governor's Office May 16- June 30.
2016 Fellows to be showcased in Governor's Office
Works by the Arts Commission's 2016 Individual Artist Fellows will be featured in "Selected Works" in the Governor's Office May 16 to June 30. The 2016 Fellows, selected for their outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work in the visual arts and design, are: Natalie Ball, Chiloquin (Joan Shipley Fellow); Fernanda D'Agostino, Portland; Laurie Danial, Portland; Tannaz Farsi, Eugene; Julie Green, Corvallis; Laura Heit, Portland; Michael T. Hensley, Portland; Aaron Flint Jamison, Portland; Jim Lommasson, Portland; Elizabeth Malaska, Portland; Brenna Murphy, Portland; Ronna Neuenschwander, Portland; and Blair Saxon-Hill, Portland.
The exhibit, spanning the mediums of painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture, will be free and open to the public.
Live streaming Tuesday!
Mitchell Lenneville represents Oregon at Poetry Out Loud nationals
Watch live as Mitchell Lenneville of Tigard represents Oregon at the 2016 Poetry Out Loud national contest in Washington, D.C., this week.
Mitchell will compete in the live-streamed Western region semi-finals from 2 to 5 p.m. PDT (5 to 8 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, May 3. Watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for live updates.
The top three performers from each region will present at the national finals, to be broadcast from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT) on Wednesday, May 4.
A 19-year-old senior who is home-schooled, Mitchell also is the campaign coordinator for Ben West, a candidate for Congressional District 5. He is currently applying to several colleges and plans to study international relations.
"Poetry Out Loud gives thousands and thousands of students exposure to poetry, but it's important to remember that programs like this are being cut from public schools and that arts education is a vital part of developing a well-rounded student," says Mitchell.
2016 Oregon Arts Summit theme announced
"Answers in the Arts: Strengthening the Social, Physical and Economic Fabric of Oregon" is the theme for the 2016 Oregon Arts Summit, scheduled for Oct. 6 and 7 at LaSalls Stewart Center in Corvallis.
As in 2015, the Summit will begin with local arts performances, a welcome reception and Arts Commissioner dinners (or dine arounds) on Thursday, Oct. 6. Summit sessions will kick off at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, with a keynote address and sessions focused on how Oregon artists are solving the most difficult needs and creating a stronger social fabric through the arts.
The Summit hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn . Arts Summit registration is $95 and will open in May.
Workshops offer resources for community engagement
Close to 100 arts supporters and practitioners gathered at the Portland Art Museum April 26 for the first of several statewide Creating Connection workshops led by the Metropolitan Group. Phase two of a national initiative to advance arts and culture as a recognized, valued and expected part of our everyday lives, the workshops focus on recommendations for messaging and engagement that resulted from a national research project.
Julie Shiffer Vigeland, Immediate Past Chair of the Arts Commission, is the Chair of the Oregon Creating Connection Pilot team. She was joined by Executive Director Brian Rogers and other Arts Commission staff for the day-long workshop.
Learn more and sign up for an upcoming workshop at 
Grant spotlight:
Deschutes Public Library builds community through reading
After weeks of reading and discussing her acclaimed novel "Euphoria," hundreds in the Bend community connected with author Lily King at Bend High School Sunday afternoon.
King's book was unanimously selected for the 13th year of the Deschutes Public Library's "A Novel Idea... Read Together" and is loosely based on Margaret Mead's field trip down New Guinea's Sepik River.
Author Lily King connects with community in Bend.
"A Novel Idea" is Oregon's largest community read and has been recognized by the Human Dignity Coalition for increasing awareness of diversity and by the city of Bend Arts, Beautification and Culture Award. 
Arts Commission Executive Director Brian Rogers attended the event. "The library's commitment to supporting community events like 'A Novel Idea' is truly amazing," he says. "Every one of the hundreds in attendance was engaged with Lily's talk about her early passion for writing, her writing process and the nuances of 'Euphoria.'"
The project is supported by a 2016 Arts Build Communities grant. 

Arts Commission to visit Klamath Falls in July
The next quarterly meeting of the Oregon Arts Commission will be held Friday, July 22, in Klamath Falls. As always, Commissioners and staff will welcome the community for an Art Salon community reception the evening before the meeting (Thursday, July 21). Locations and times will be announced soon.
Arts Commissioner news

Vice Chair Christopher Acebo took this photo (at left) at the opening of the current show IN SCENE  at the Schneider Museum of Art (Ashland). Pictured are (left to right) Scott Malbaurn, SMU director, and exhibition artists Rashawn Griffin, Laura Heit, Tannaz Farsi, Jesse Sugarmann, MK Guth and Adam Bateman.
Laura and Tannaz are both 2016 Fellows.
Commissioner Avantika Bawa was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at Washington State University Vancouver, Washington.
Upcoming grant deadlines

Arts Learning grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June. 1.
S mall Operating Grant  applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.
Arts Build Community  grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3.