Central Oregon Regional Arts Summit Planned in Bend, Oregon

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The Arts & Culture Alliance of Central Oregon (ACA) is partnering with the Oregon Arts Commission to produce the first Central Oregon Arts Summit on Monday, October 6 at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend. In conjunction with the Summit, Grant seekers, artists, and nonprofit organizations are invited to attend a free reception at the Deschutes Public Library’s Downtown Bend location, October 6 from 5-6:30 pm in the Brooks Room.

This marks the first regional arts summit organized by the Arts Commission, which fosters an environment for artists, administrators and community members to come together for provocative learning exchanges that spark new insights and connections to their work. The Commission has previously hosted annual statewide art summits in Portland.

“Feedback from our statewide arts summits held in Portland revealed there was an opportunity to better address specific regional needs by presenting smaller, geographically focused summits,” said David Huff, the Commission’s assistant director. “We chose to begin a new model with Central Oregon due to its commitment to cultural tourism and diverse array of arts organizations and partnerships.”

The 2014 regional summit, Exploring Connections, will highlight the state of the arts in Central Oregon, with breakout sessions on public value of the arts, art in health care, cultural tourism, Oregon’s art ecology. creative place making and art in business. The summit is open to individual artists, arts supporters, arts-related businesses and volunteers, as well as staff and board members of nonprofit organizations.

The Central Oregon Art Summit’s keynote speaker, Doug Borwick, author of Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S.”Borwick, will discuss the idea that arts organizations need to become deeply connected with their communities and will provide new ways of looking at the arts as a powerful force for building better communities and improving the lives of all.

As one of the country’s leading advocates for the arts and community engagement, Borwick has served as keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences across the U.S. and Canada as well as in Beijing and Singapore.

The Oregon Arts Commission, housed in Business Oregon, was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Recognizing the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy, the Arts & Culture Alliance was formed in May 2010.

The Arts & Culture Alliance realizes the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy. The ACA states that it understands the need for collaboration and networking; their shared purpose in working together to promote the arts and supporting each other establishes a collective voice.

The partnership with the Arts Commission celebrates the ACA’s recent non-profit status, which will enable the ACA to pursue additional collaborations to better meet its mission to promote Central Oregon as a cultural destination and to promote and strengthen collaboration within the art and culture community.

Central Oregon Arts Summit
Monday, October 6
8:30am-4pm
Riverhouse Convention Center
$50 registration (fee includes box lunch)
($40 for ACA or NAO members.
Call Michelle Solley at 541-508-8785 for ACA membership information.)

Membership is open to creative arts practitioners, non-profits, businesses, artists, groups and organizations that focus on the arts.
www.artsandculstureco.org

Reception for Grant Seekers
In conjunction with the Central Oregon Arts Summit at the Riverhouse from 8:30am-4pm on October 6, Grant seekers, artists, and nonprofit organizations are invited to attend a free reception at the Deschutes Public Library’s Downtown Bend location, October 6 from 5-6:30 pm in the Brooks Room. This event is a collaboration between Deschutes Public Library, the Oregon Arts Commission and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.

Attendees can meet grant funders in town for the conferences, learn about the important work of peers, and become acquainted with free resources for grantseeking support in Central Oregon communities. The Deschutes Public Library will share information about how it assists nonprofits and artists by providing vital research tools to help identify funding partners for local area projects.

In the last year the Deschutes Public Library, as a Funding Information Network partner of the national Foundation Center www.foundationcenter.org/, provided nine nonprofit workshops and met with over 150 participants representing local nonprofits, government agencies and individuals pursuing grant funding.

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