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Arts, Heritage and Humanities – Long Live Our Family!

Arts, Heritage and Humanities – Long Live Our Family!

When I lived in Moscow in the early 90s, it was a drab, gray city of concrete, dotted with the few churches that had survived Stalinism. The run…

Thank You From Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen

Thank You From Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen

On July 11, I had the pleasure of giving a short keynote at the Cultural Coalition of Washington County’s grant announcement gala. What a marvelous celebration! 23 cultural…

Oregon Cultural Trust Grants over $1.5 Million to Cultural Organizations, Partners

Oregon Cultural Trust Grants over $1.5 Million to Cultural Organizations, Partners

The Oregon Cultural Trust Board, at its quarterly meeting in The Dalles July 26, awarded $502,552 in competitive cultural development grants, along with $508,746 in cultural participation grants…

What Is Culture?

On July 20-22 The Oregon Cultural Trust had a booth at the Salem Art Fair. We put out a jar to take contact information, and we also put…

Happy Birthday to Our Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen!

Happy Birthday to Our Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen!

Wishing Happy Birthday to our Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen today. It is a milestone birthday for her (we won’t say which one, achem…) and with 16,000 travel…

Oregon Arts Commission Launches Statewide Access to Arts in Education Database

Oregon Arts Commission Launches Statewide Access to Arts in Education Database

Guest Blog By Deb Vaughn, Arts Education Coordinator, Oregon Arts Commission, Since I started my job 4 ½ years ago, I have been looking for a way to…

Be a Medici – Give by June 30 to Augment CulturalTrust Grants!

Be a Medici – Give by June 30 to Augment CulturalTrust Grants!

Last weekend I hosted a yard sale for a personal charity project, our last fundraising push of the season. After eight hours of fun but exhaustive haggling with…

Woodburn Art Center Steps Up in the Face of Fire

Woodburn Art Center Steps Up in the Face of Fire

The May 11 fire at Woodburn High School stunned the entire state. The subsequent arson charges against three minor students have polarized whole segments of the population. But…

Congratulations to Marion Cultural Development Corp’s Grantees!

Congratulations to Marion Cultural Development Corp’s Grantees!

Last night Trust Manager Kimberly Howard and I ended our day in the beautiful town of Silverton, east of Salem. We had come for the Marion Cultural Development…

Bilingual Light II, Barbara Mason/Paulann Petersen Exhibit in the Governor’s Office

Bilingual Light II, Barbara Mason Exhibit in the Governor’s Office Artwork on View May 4 – July 10, 2012; Artists’ Reception May 24 Salem, OR – Oregon artist…

May is National Heritage/Preservation Month!

May has been all about heritage here at the Cultural Trust. As April (National Poetry Month and the reappointment of Paulann Petersen as Poet Laureate – see “Where…

Oregon Culture and The Outdoors – Connected in More Ways Than One

Oregon Culture and The Outdoors – Connected in More Ways Than One

On Friday evenings at 5pm my life undergoes a typical Oregon transformation. Skirts, heels and purse recede in the closet as Gortex, climbing boots and crampons come forward.…

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