November 2020
a newsletter about current events & updates
Happy November. Only two more months and 2020 will be a thing of the past. It's been a tumultuous year, to say the least.
So, at least enjoy the beautiful fall we are having.
And, have a very happy Thanksgiving.

Be well and safe!
If you haven't voted - please do!
If you want something added to this newsletter - please click here! The best thing to send me is a PDF or JPG of a poster describing your announcement. Do not send me press releases. They don't work well in this format and I don't have the time to reformat them. Thanks!
SHOEFLY OREGON (shoes & more store) is now open!
It is in the same building as the Grants Pass Museum of Art at 229 SW G St
Shoes for women and girls. It is the talk of the town!
Hours are Tues - Fri 11am - 7pm,
Sat 10am - 6pm, & Sun 11am - 4pm.
Be sure & meet store mascot Kobi!
2021 Grant Cycle Open
Groups and individuals are invited to submit a grant application for 2021 projects. The grant cycle is open through December 1, 2020.
Priority will be given to projects that address the pandemic in some fashion. Ideas and thoughts are welcome.
The purpose of the Josephine County Cultural Coalition (JCCC) is to nurture and promote the arts, humanities and heritage of Josephine County. Through activities and grant awards, JCCC strives to:
  • Increase awareness of Josephine County’s unique cultural identity, heritage and resources.
  • Help community members understand the benefits of enhancing and preserving our cultural resources.
  • Encourage participation of every resident in the arts, humanities and heritage of our county.
Jackson County Rotary Clubs accepting applications
Armed with $117,000 funded by Rogue Credit Union and Rotarians, Jackson County’s 10 Rotary clubs have begun accepting applications to replace tools and equipment lost in the recent wildfires by individuals and small businesses.
The United Rotary Clubs of Southern Oregon previously distributed $50,000 in tools to sole proprietors who had lost tools in the Almeda or South Obenchain fires that began on Sept. 8.
The United Rotary clubs are expanding the program, called the Back to Work Project, to include small businesses with employees. Individuals and small businesses are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in tools or equipment. In most cases single person businesses will be limited to $1,000 with the maximum for all businesses limited to $5,000.
Those interested in applying for the award should fill out the application form available at Copies of the form will also be available at the Phoenix and Talent city halls and the Phoenix Talent School District main office, 401 W. Fourth St., Phoenix.
The funds will be used to replace tools and equipment of individuals and businesses that find themselves under-insured, with no insurance, or who will not qualify for enough additional aid to return to full employment. Loss of revenue, income, salaries and wages are not eligible. Funds donated include a $100,000 grant from Rogue Credit Union and donations from several Rotary International clubs.
The funds will be distributed as soon as possible after the applications are reviewed.
United Rotary Clubs of Southern Oregon represents approximately 600 Rotarians from all 10 clubs in Jackson County. The coalition of clubs has set a fundraising goal of $1 million to assist fire victims through such efforts as the Back to Work program. For more information or to donate to the clubs’ fundraiser, see
Call for applications!
Individual Artist Relief Program
Oregon artists may now apply to a new Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Please share this information with your networks to spread the word about this important responsive grantmaking program.
The program supports professional artists from specific disciplines who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.
Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, as well as artists with disabilities, are especially encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.10
Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000
Supported artistic disciplines: Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); dance (including choreography); music (composition and music performance); theatre and performance art; folk and traditional arts; visual arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); design arts; and media arts.
For more information, including eligibility, review criteria and the application questions see the Grant Guidelines.
workshops and classes
Bobbi Baldwin is an artist living in California. She has taught a few classes at the museum in the past and has been Zooming classes for her own students. We are fortunate in having her teach some special classes just for us. In Bobbi’s words: “As a teacher, I must first see my students as individuals and second as a budding artist. Each person I encounter comes to the easel with a different set of learning skills and life lessons. It is my intent to give wings to my students feather by feather. I once heard that the measure of a good teacher is only through the students who surpass them. I look forward to seeing my students inspire the world with their own work.”
This is a series of six classes. You can sign up for one or all.
Each class is $25 for members and $30 for non-members AND she will make the class recording available for download for $20 so you can watch it over and over on your own time.
The classes are two hours long on certain Fridays in November, December, and January from 10:00am until Noon. The class will consist of a 1.5-hour lecture and demonstration and then discussing your own work. You can use your favorite medium.
events, fundraisers, and fun things to do
performing arts happenings
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visual art happenings
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The museum is now open
Thurs - Sat from 11am - 3pm.
The annual membership exhibit will be open November 12 through December 18.
community calendar links
Grants Pass and Josephine County information
The Nonprofit Association of Oregon has an event calendar on their website.
Go there and register your events if you so choose! 
Brand new and easy to use
Information about the
Illinois Valley
Information about the Applegate and surrounding areas
Grants Pass
Travel Information
Good for "Staycations" too!
We have seen this before - but it seemed so perfect for this particular year. Come on - sing along!
And one more....this is a favorite of mine and it never fails to make me smile. You might like it too!
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