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City of Pendleton Proclaims October 1-8 Oregon Days of Culture

On Thursday, September 6, 2012, Phillip Houk, Mayor of the City of Pendleton, called upon residents of Pendleton and Umatilla County, to participate in Oregon culture, especially between…

City of Newberg Proclaims October 1-8 Oregon Days of Culture

In 2011 the City of Newberg proclaimed October 1-8 Oregon Days of Culture, in perpetuity, making it the first of the Oregon cities and counties to proclaim Oregon…

City of Condon Proclaimed October 1-8 Oregon Days of Culture

Mayor N. Dale Thompson, of the City of Condon, declared October 1-8 Oregon Days of Culture, on September 5, 2012.…

City of Bandon Proclaims October 1-8 Oregon Days of Culture

The City of Bandon met at 7:00pm on September 3 and proclaimed October 1-8 Oregon Days of Culture for 2012.…

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…

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