Archive | March, 2012

2012 Sunburst Awards Nomination Sought

25 Mar

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington has a long standing tradition of honoring  community members who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to arts education at our Sunburst Awards Luncheon. The awards luncheon is a wonderful event that celebrates honorees and the work they do through the arts to enrich the lives and education of children and youth. The awards event also brings needed community attention to the value of the arts, culture and creativity, and has the potential to engage and inspire others to arts advocacy.

Please tell us about the individual(s) and organization(s) that you feel have made significant contributions to the arts and education this year (nomination form here). The Young Audiences Board of Directors will make the final selections from the slate of nominees submitted. All nominations are due to Young Audiences via email, fax or mail no later than March 30, 2012 (email Christi Crowley).


Selfless Promotions 3/23/12

23 Mar
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Selfless Promotions

I just have to say it – what a very strange week of weather we’ve had here in Portland. Torrential downpours which turned to snow which then became super dense fog and now sunshine.  That would be Spring in the Pacific Northwest.  But at least the weekend will be nice which leads me to what several of our Roster Artists are up to in the coming weeks…



Waken Your Voice, Empower Yourself ~ 
Song Workshop with Robin Jackson (Vagabond Opera)

Sunday, April 8th, 2-5pm
Awakenings Wellness Center, 1016 SE 12th Ave., Portland, OR
Facebook Event Page

Activate your musical birthright and sing!

Do you want more confidence in your singing voice? Are you scared of singing in front of other people? (or even in the shower) Are you self conscious when you sing?  Do you YEARN to feel confident with this part of yourself that has so much potential for connection, healing and personal freedom? Do you want to expand your voice in exciting and deeper ways through the power of shared musical creation?  If you answer YES to any of these, then this workshop is for you! Come engage and explore the power and beauty of your voice in this musical workshop for anyone who wants to sing. This workshop will be satisfying for all levels – From the experienced to the terrified.

• Build confidence in your voice and thus in yourself
• Expand your creativity and discover and expand your natural talent
• Learn some awesome new songs you can then share with others!
• Have fun!

You will learn simple songs and rounds in English and from other traditions and cultures like Orisha songs from Brazil, South African harmonies, Balkan beats, Gospel chants and more. We will use basic vocal improvisation and learn how to sing harmonies. You will get into your body, breath and heart as you step into the unknown and delight in a musical world where anything is possible, all with joy and playfulness. Guaranteed to expand your confidence and your consciousness!

HOW TO REGISTER: Cost is just $39 and $45 after March 31st. You must Pre-register in order to come!
(Some scholarships or trade avail – just ask)

Register using PAYPAL HERE

Or email me to set up other arrangements


About Robin Jackson:  Robin Jackson is a professional composer, performer, educator and multi-instrumentalist as well as a youth worker and community organizer. He has taught song workshops in arts based youth camps, community events and festivals for ten years. His musical exploits include Vagabond Opera, the March Fourth Marching Band the Everyone Orchestra and others. He studied music in New Zealand, the University of Oregon and holds a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from the Evergreen State College. He runs a monthly song writing event called the Songwriters Soiree and lives in Portland, OR on an urban farm with his cat Miso, some chickens and a circus.


 Anne Rutherford

You are warmly invited to come to my new show! It’s going to be a blast –
THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY – Storytelling Cabaret by Anne Rutherford
Sun Mar 25 & Sun Apr 1 / 2:30 pm
BodyVox Dance Theater / 1201 NW 17th PDX

Including live fiddle and guitar music by Eileen & Jeff Walters of Extra Measure on 3/25 and Andy Emert on 4/1.
Check out the sneak preview!

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door ($10 in advance for a group of 5 or more) Order tickets, get more info at my website

source:  Robin Jackson and Anne Rutherford

Take a Class, Learn Something Useful…and Have Fun!

14 Mar
Peggy Ross

Peggy Ross

Do you have trouble sewing a button back on a shirt after it falls off unexpectedly, and at the most inappropriate time?  Ever wondered what it takes to create a simple cloth?  Have you ever wanted to learn either, or both?  Wait no more!

Our Roster Artist, Peggy Ross, is conducting some courses to cover both of those areas at PCC (Portland Community College) this spring.  Three to be exact; 1) Handweaving: Introduction, 2) Sewing Made Easy: Beginning and 3) Sewing Made Easy: Intermediate.

What are you waiting for?  It’s March in Portland, which means it’s raining outside.  Not just a little bit.  Not just some.  A LOT.  And as we all know, the sun won’t REALLY return until summer begins on July 5th.

US House & Senate Designate National Young Audiences Week, beginning March 12

12 Mar
Salish Ponds performing at the Young Audiences 2012 Gala Event

Salish Ponds performing at the Young Audiences 2012 Gala Event

This Resolution highlights the importance of arts and recognizes national Young Audiences organizations for contributions to arts-in-education. The following is our press release;

The United States Senate and House of Representatives have issued resolutions designating the week beginning March 12, 2012 as “National Young Audiences Week” to honor the contributions Young Audiences has made to schools nationwide through its arts-in-education programs and to encourage Americans to recognize the importance of the arts to society.

The Senate resolution states that arts education, “including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.” The resolution also emphasizes that the arts not only foster academic success, but also support personal growth by developing critical thinking, problem solving skills, creativity, discipline, and cross-cultural understanding.

For 53 years the Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington affiliate has engaged youth, teachers and families in high quality creative arts learning experiences that stimulate lifelong learning and creativity. Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington’s Executive Director Denis Hickey states, “The Arts nurture a child’s development and fosters more engagement in education.  Providing more arts programming to schools is a win-win for everyone, especially children.”

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is an affiliate of Young Audiences, Inc. the largest organization in the arts-in-education field, which has 31 affiliates across the United States and serves over 5 million youth annually.  National Young Audiences Week will be observed around the country by Young Audiences affiliates in 20 states with events, school activities, and speakers to promote awareness for its arts-in-education programs. Young Audiences is the first arts-in-education organization to receive the National Medal of Arts by the US Government.

In support of this resolution, all Young Audiences affiliates across the country are promoting the arts and arts programming locally. In celebration ourselves, we have a number of performances happening in the schools from such great local artists as Imago, Oregon Shadow Theatre, Do Jump! and Gideon Freudmann.

In addition to the performances, we also have several residency programs starting being done by Shuhe, Mark Brody and Habiba’s Village.  And lastly, at the end of the week, we have a school conducting a Family Arts Night!  You can also check the out the rest of the talented artists on our roster here!

We couldn’t be happier for the designation of National Young Audiences Week this week!

Young Audiences’ Roster Artist Nancy Klos

9 Mar

Here’s what Young Audiences’ Roster Artist Nancy Klos is up to in the coming weeks… 

Nancy Klos’ pastel “After Rehearsal” was selected for the Oregon Society of Artists Spring Show

Opening this Sunday from 1-4pm. The show runs March 4th – April 6th.

Visit OregonSocietyofArtists for map and details

One Day Workshop at OSA with Nancy Klos, “Lessons from the Masters: Renoir-Beauty in the Everyday”

Friday March 9th,  9am-3pm.

Contact to register!

One Person Photo Show,  “Lorikeets,” by Nancy Klos

Starbucks at 7th and NE Weidler

March 1st-31st

source: Nancy Klos

Hep Cats and Hound Dogs

8 Mar

Here’s what one of our Roster Artists is up to in the near future…

Red Yarn Productions, a new company created by Portland musician, educator, puppeteer and storyteller Andy Furgeson (AKA Red Yarn), is excited to annouce nine free shows at Multnomah County Libraries in March and April of 2012. “Hep Cats & Hound Dogs,” Red Yarn’s second musical puppet show through the libraries, follows the relationship of a rockabilly cat and a country hound dog through classic American folk and rock’n’roll songs. Find the details below:

Red Yarn Productions & Multnomah County Libraries present:

Hep Cats & Hound Dogs

Hep Cats & Hound Dogs performances at Multnomah County Library locations

“Hep Cats & Hound Dogs”

Can a cat and a dog be friends? Join Red Yarn, aka Andy Furgeson, and his hilarious animal friends Hep Cat Eddie and Jim the Hound Dog in this lively musical puppet show. Mixing classic rockabilly and country songs with puppetry, storytelling and interactive performance, this show is sure to be fun for the whole family!

All performances are free. First come first served. Generally, tickets are available 30 minutes before showtime.

Saturday, March 10, 10:30am-11:15am, Albina Library (3605 NE 15th Ave.)

Saturday, March 10, 2:00pm-2:45pm, Holgate Library (7905 SE Holgate Blvd.)

Tuesday, March 20, 10:15-11:00am, Hillsdale Library (1525 SW Sunset Blvd.)

Monday, April 2, 11:15am-12:00pm, Troutdale Library (2451 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale, OR)

Saturday, April 14, 2:00-2:45pm, Gresham Library (385 NW Miller Ave., Gresham, OR)

Saturday, April 21, 11:00-11:45am, Fairview-Columbia Library (1520 NW Village St., Fairview, OR)

Saturday, April 21, 3:00-3:45pm, Northwest Library (2300 NW Thurman St.)

Friday, April 27, 4:00-4:45pm, Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave.)

Saturday, April 28, 10:30-11:15am, Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Ave.)

Red Yarn

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source: Red Yarn Productions

2012 Run For The Arts T-Shirt Design Contest Winner and Winning Design

8 Mar

Run For The Arts

In the last 8 days, we here in Portland have gone from threats of snow the last few days of February to nearly 60 degrees over the weekend, then back to snow on Tuesday and soon we’ll be back in the 60 degree range.  Crazy weather.  Of course, it could be worse.

Having complained about the weather, it should come as no surprise that selecting the winning design for the 2012 Run For The Arts T-Shirt was just as crazy; we had a very hard time deciding which one would be the winner, and we were all over the map!   And since it took us FOREVER to decide, it put the whole process behind schedule, something I try very diligently to avoid.

So without further a due, I’m pleased to announce the winning submission of the 2012 Run For The Arts T-Shirt Design Contest.2012 T-Shirt Design Winner  Her name is Caemlyn, age 9 and attends Arleta School.

Since selecting only one entry was so difficult, we made a few changes to the process.  In the past, there was only the winning design.  This year we decided to add some additional categories; First Runner Up, Second Runner Up and 2 Honorable Mentions (links are here and here).

The additional category winners all received a certificate proclaiming their achievement.  The overall winner received a certificate as well, $350.00, the opportunity to work with a seasoned designer in converting their drawing into digital media, attending our annual gala event as our guest, take part in a the initial press run of the t-shirt and will have their design appear on thousands of t-shirts and tens of thousands of sponsor sheets.  A pretty nice prize for being the winner, if I don’t say so myself.

So the crazy indecision we suffered was well worth it.  Of course, come January of next year, I may not feel the same way.

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