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The Obo Addy Legacy Project Receives an NEA Grant

6 Dec

Just in case you missed this in the local press, here’s a copy of the press release.

December 4, 2012                                                               susan@oboaddylegacyproject.org

THE OBO ADDY LEGACY PROJECT receives NEA grant to support THE MASTERS PROJECT — A tribute concert for NEA National Heritage Fellow Obo Addy (deceased) featuring Jazz Master Randy Weston and his Trio

Grant one of 832 Art Works grants totaling $23.3 million in funding nationwide

obo-addy-legacy-projectPORTLAND, Ore. — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman has announced that the Obo Addy Legacy Project is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Obo Addy Legacy Project is recommended for a $12,500 grant to support a tribute concert to be held one year after Obo’s death.

This project features a collaboration with The Obo Addy Legacy Project traditional drummers from Ghana and the Randy Weston Trio showing the connections between jazz and West African music. Randy Weston and his group will be offering an outreach activity at Cleveland High School for students in the jazz program.

“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including The Obo Addy Legacy Project,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”

Susan Addy said, “This project was a dream of Obo’s – to showcase his rhythms and the traditions of his country with the artistry and creativity of Randy Weston and his African infused work.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at www.arts.gov.

source: Susan Addy

photo: The Oregonian


Featured Artist: Will Hornyak

22 Oct

Storyteller Will Hornyak.

Storyteller Will Hornyak, 2004 Sunburst Artist of the Year, has been a staple on our artist roster since 1996, and is this week’s featured artist. Hailing from San Carlos, CA, Will now makes his way in the world teaching through Young Audiences and others, performing at events, and sharing his talents with festival and groups including the Portland Storyteller’s Guild. You can catch some of Will’s spooky stories — just in time for Halloween — this Friday and Saturday at Stonehenge Studios.

What is your art practice outside of teaching? I relate strongly to the wandering, itinerant Irish storytellers known as “shanachies.” They were keepers of the old stories, but they were masters of the craft who adapted those stories to suit any occasion. They threaded their way across the landscape, stitching together as they did town and countryside, public house and private hearth. I am an omnivore of traditional stories and am inspired by everything from Mexican folk-tales and Greek myths to Native American legends and Russian fairy-tales. I am half Hungarian and half Irish and have recently developed a number of Irish myths into hour-long performances for adults during the Samhain (Halloween) and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. I love how stories and storytelling can open the door to work in schools and churches, prisons and pubs and beyond. Continue reading

Become a Young Audiences Teaching Artist

6 Sep


We want artists who…

  • are committed to inspiring the imaginations of young people
  • know the craft of their art forms deeply, through study and experience, and have their own dynamic artistic practices
  • bring young people into the world of their art forms, and embolden them to explore
  • see themselves as learners and teachers, and seek out opportunities for growth
  • show a willingness to collaborate
  • have experience with, and strategies for, working with the complexities and challenges of school environments
  • are based in the Portland metropolitan area

Greta Pedersen at Lee Elementary

We welcome applications from residency and performing artists in all disciplines. At this time we are particularly searching for Teaching Artists that specialize in technology based mediums (video/film, graphic design, fashion, culinary arts, animation, etc). Our programs are based in a 10-county area in Oregon and SW Washington. Schools (especially elementary schools) are the largest populations served, and some programming takes place in community settings. Some of our roster artists also choose to become arts providers for the Right Brain Initiative, through Young Audiences.

Benefits of Becoming a Young Audiences Artist

  • Extensive and diverse opportunities to hone teaching, presentation, and artistic skills, and to network with other artists
  • Reliable payment for services
  • Stipends for professional development
  • Support in planning and working with schools
  • Program publicity via YA’s website, communications with schools, and the Artist Showcase

Performing artists set their own fees; residency/workshop artists have a standard fee per hour for teaching, preparation, and planning. See the Educator’s Guide section of our website for more details. Note that fees listed on artist pages include YA’s 25% administrative and programming fee.

How to Apply

Our next application deadline is in Oct 5, 2012. Please see the Services for Artists/Become A YA Artist section of the website for the application. And if you have any questions, contact Adam Friedman, Artist Programs Specialist: Adam@ya-or.org or 503-225-5900 x226.

Schools and Arts Together

23 Aug

National Average versus Portland Schools

Today in Portland there are nearly 12,000 children attending schools that do not have any art, dance, drama, or music instruction. And the rate of decline for arts education here has been shockingly steep. Portland is home to six school districts and in the last five years, two of them (Parkrose and Centennial) have cut their arts and music teaching staff by half, while our largest (Portland Public Schools) has dropped all arts instruction in 22 schools in just two years.

With the Arts Education and Access Fund, the City of Portland will restore arts education by providing stable, long-term funding for certified teachers for every
elementary school serving Portland residents and support arts organizations citywide to improve access to the arts in every classroom and community.

Join us at http://SchoolsArtsTogether.com and ‘Like’ us at http://Facebook.com/SchoolsArtsTogether. After years of losing ground, we can ensure our children have the future they deserve, today and tomorrow.

courtesy: Keith Daly, Creative Advocacy Network

DiaTribe: From the Village to the Streets

23 Apr

Obo Addy

International artist, Young Audiences’ Roster Artist and Portland treasure Obo Addy takes to the streets, collaborates with the local hip hop community for a one-night event.  Following are the details:

DiaTribe: From the Village to the Streets blends traditional Ghanaian drumming with modern day music and dance

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 23, 2012 – The newest production by the Obo Addy Legacy Project, DiaTribe: From the Village to the Streets, demonstrates the powerful connection between African traditions and the newer forms of dance and music popularized by today’s young African Americans. The legendary Obo Addy will be joined by well-known Portland artists Mic Crenshaw and Alan Wone to present a history of African music and dance from its traditional roots to urban dance music. The all ages show will take place May 25 at 7:30 pm at the Alberta Rose Theatre. Tickets are $20 in advance and $15 for ages 16 and under. Tickets can be purchased through the Alberta Rose website: www.albertarosetheatre.com/tickets.html.

Addy is an internationally acclaimed performer and composer whose music reaches far beyond the boundaries of his land of birth. Born into the Ga ethnic group in Accra, Ghana, Addy was one of the 55 children of Jacob Kpani Addy, a wonche or medicine man who integrated rhythmic music into healing and other rituals. Obo Addy’s earliest musical influence was the traditional music of the Ga people, but he was also influenced as an adolescent by popular music from Europe and the United States, and performed in local bands that played Westernized music and the dance music of Ghana known as highlife. He currently teaches at Lewis & Clark College and is the leader of two musical groups. Over the years, Addy has shared his music with more than one million Americans. He is passionate about rap and hip hop and believes that its positive messages need to be heard.

Crenshaw is a world class MC and poet emerging on the national and international stage. He has been the driving force for some of most popular hip hop artists in the region, including Hungry Mob, Suckapunch and Cleveland Steamers, releasing numerous albums. The Portland Mercury called Crenshaw (with the Lifesavas) “two of the very best hip-hop acts in PDX.” In 2009, he released his debut solo CD, “Thinking Out Loud,” which spent 10 weeks on CMJ’s National Radio Hip Hop Charts in the top 10, peaking at number four. He has since collaborated and shared the stage with major national and international acts including Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, the legendary Fugees, Ice Cube, Outkast, Wu-Tang Clan and many others.

Alan Wone is a writer, filmmaker and educator of the media arts who has been acting for more than 30 years and writing for 15. He branded a creative writing style that he developed as curriculum for teenagers called “Philosofloetry.” He has four feature films to his credit and is a self-published author with a poetry series called “Afro-Isms and Deja Views” complete with a companion CD featuring live nightclub performances appropriately titled “Audio-Isms & Deja Grooves.” Wone will be directing DiaTribe: From The Village To The Streets and states: “The world needs to be taught the birth of the drum and its universal journey throughout the body of rhythm, especially hip-hop. DiaTribe blends two of my loves – percussion and vocal expression – to form a most magical, mutually musical matrimony of heart and soul.”

This program is sponsored in part by The Collins Foundation and The Oregon Cultural Trust. For more information, interviews and photos, contact Susan Addy at susan@oboaddylegacyproject.org or 503-810-0496.

source: Chris Crabb, Crabbsoup Public Relations

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).

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!

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