Visual artists and art teachers of Southern Oregon may apply for a slew of grants announced this week by Ashland lawyer and philanthropist Lloyd Haines.
The grants, totaling $25,000, will be matched by another Ashland philanthropist, who wishes to remain anonymous, and will be awarded July 1.
"Most artists and musicians are starving and have to have a second job," says Haines, the president of Haines Philanthropic Foundation and creator of Sanctuary One, a therapeutic care farm for animals in the Applegate.
The grants, in amounts of $2,500 or $5,000, will go for visual arts projects, including painting, sculpture, movies, photography, printmaking, textiles, jewelry, ceramics. In future years, they will be expanded to other arts, says Denise Baxter, executive director of Ashland Art Center and administrator of the project.
Applications for the grants are available at the art center or on its website, www.ashlandartcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Artist-Grant-Application-1.pdf. They must be turned in at the Art Center, 357 E. Main St., by May 1, with grantees announced by July 1. The projects must be completed by Dec. 1 and will be displayed at a show at the Art Center in mid-December.
Haines says visual art can be loosely defined to include a mix of media that may not be traditionally visual. It could also include someone who wants money for art supplies or cameras or teaching art or renting a space for classes. The projects could also include public art, he says.
"Lloyd's foundation seeks to support the arts and is perfectly aligned with the mission of the nonprofit Ashland Art Center," says Baxter. "We're hoping for lots of applications."
Applicants are asked to submit a project proposal, resume, artist statement and a cover letter stating how the money will be used to advance their education, well-being and the state of arts in the region. The money can also cover personal expenses while doing the project.
Haines and two others will be on a panel of judges for grants.
Haines has been active in public art and in 2007 affixed paintings on the underside of the Lithia Way bridge, setting off a controversy because he bolted them to part of state Highway 99 without permission from the city or the Oregon Department of Transportation. He was allowed to reinstall them in 2009 after working with the city to establish procedures for public art.
The project was called the "Path of Joy" and is flanked by his offices and by Russell Beebe's "We Are Here" bronze sculpture honoring Native Americans and commissioned by Haines.
John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. E-mail him at email@example.com.