Oregon Arts Commission announces application deadline Aug 13 for Career Opportunity Grants for artists. An Oct 1 deadline is set for Arts Build Communities grant applications.

Oregon Arts Commission announces application deadline for Career Opportunity Grants for artists.

First quarterly deadline for applications is August 13, 2009.

With funding from Governor Kulongoski's CHAMP II initiative, the OAC announces the first quarterly deadline of August 13, 2009 in the continuation of its important Career Opportunity grant program for individual artists.

Initiated in 2007, Career Opportunity Grants provide Oregon artists with support of up to $1,500 to enable them to take advantage of specific opportunities that will enhance their arts careers through the development of arts, business or professional skills; an expanded marketing capacity; and/or other concrete efforts to advance the nature or quality of their artwork.

Since 2007, Career Opportunity grants have enabled artists to present their work at national and international art fairs; to ship new work to exhibitions in the United States and Europe; to record and digitally create new works; and to have access to studios and foundries to create prototypes for installation work.

Applications are accepted on quarterly deadlines of:
August 13, 2009
November 12, 2009
February 11, 2010
May 18, 2010.

Applications may be downloaded from the Commission's website: CLICK HERE.

Following the first deadline, applicants are advised to confirm the availability of funds as this program is highly competitive. The grants, funded through the Commission's Creative Oregon Initiative, expand the capacity of Oregon's artists, who often work as independent small businesses, to contribute to Oregon's economy in both urban and rural areas.

More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org or contact Shannon Planchon at (503) 229-6062. E-mail: shannon.planchon@state.or.us

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Oregon Arts Commission announces October 1 deadline for Arts Build Communities grant applications.

ABC grants link arts and community development issues.

The OAC has announced an October 1, 2009 application deadline for Arts Build Communities grants, which recognize and support the use of the arts as a tool for building and strengthening Oregon communities.

The $3,000 to $7,000 matching grants support both the arts in local communities and the involvement of the arts and artists in community development. The program recognizes the expanding role that arts organizations are taking in the broader, cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life.

The program's goal is to better connect local arts and cultural resources with issues or opportunities facing communities. Projects can support the integration of the arts and artists with community goals and may include new initiatives, new program development, or the expansion of an existing arts and community development project.

ABC grant applications from communities that are underserved by arts services will receive priority for funding. Underserved communities include communities whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

The Arts Build Communities grants are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Applications will be accepted until a postmark deadline of October 1, 2009. Grant requests must be for activities and projects occurring between January 1 - December 31, 2010. Guidelines are available online: www.oregonartscommission.org, or may be requested from the Arts Commission, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200, Salem, Oregon 97301-1280, (503) 986-0082.

Applicants are encouraged to review the program guidelines, then call Arts Commission staff to discuss the proposed project. This is a competitive grant program, and a discussion with Arts Commission staff can clarify the intent of the program and sometimes direct a project to a more appropriate funding source outside the Arts Commission. Contact: Brian Wagner, Community Development Coordinator, (503) 986-0083 or brian.wagner@state.or.us

The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (Oregon Business Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.