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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:      Susan Addy
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

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House Committee to Vote on Termination of Arts Education Program

23 May

The House Education & Workforce Committee has just scheduled a meeting on Wednesday morning to vote on legislation that would terminate the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. Oregon’s member of Congress, Rep. David Wu, is on that committee and can help prevent that from happening.

Last month you might recall that vigorous grassroots advocacy successfully rescued the Arts in Education program and helped secure a $25 million budget for arts programs across the country. This legislation scheduled for a vote on Wednesday (HR 1891) is even more serious because it would permanently terminate this federal program by stripping it out of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act.

The lead sponsor of this bill calls the Arts in Education program “unnecessary” and “inappropriate.”  We think that the arts have too often been shoved to the margins when our schools need them most.  Don’t let HR 1891 further narrow the educational opportunities of our nation’s students.

Please take two minutes to send a quick customizable message and call on Rep. David Wu to work against this effort to terminate the Arts in Education program.

Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and simple.

source: Americans for the Arts

The Right Brain Initiative wins support from the National Endowment for the Arts

19 May

The Right Brain Initiative, a local arts education partnership led by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant is one of 1,145 being awarded for a total of $88 million as part of the federal agency’s second round of fiscal year 2011 grants. This is Right Brain’s first investment from a federal agency since the program first launched in January, 2009.

“NEA research shows that three out of four Americans participate in the arts,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “The diverse, innovative, and exceptional projects funded in this round will ensure that Americans around the country continue to have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts.”

The Right Brain Initiative is working to ensure that every student in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties’ K-8 schools benefits from a high quality arts education. “We focus on pairing teachers with artists to integrate the arts into other core subjects,” said program manager Marna Stalcup. “This NEA grant will specifically be used to support professional development programming serving 180 teachers and artists next school year.” Stalcup said that an additional 100 educators will be served at Right Brain’s annual summer seminar, Imagine This!, taking place in June, 2012.

The Initiative’s professional development programs are led by Deborah Brzoska, a teaching artist of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington., D.C., and a long-time educator within Portland Public Schools.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams congratulated RACC on receiving this grant. “In the spring of 2008, The Regional Arts & Culture Council articulated a vision for helping students do better in school through integrated arts education, and we lent our support,” he said. “The city remains one of The Right Brain Initiative’s most enthusiastic investors, including $50,000 in my proposed budget for FY12. This grant from the NEA leverages the city’s investment and will help our students and teachers achieve even more.”

Currently, with an annual budget of approximately $800,000, Right Brain serves 10,500 students in 25 schools across 4 school districts (Hillsboro, Gresham-Barlow, North Clackamas and Portland Public Schools.) At full scale, the program will serve more than 110,000 students. About half (51%) of the program’s funding comes from local government agencies including the City of Portland, Clackamas County, Multnomah County, the Oregon Arts Commission, and each participating school district. The rest comes from private sources, including corporations, private foundations and individuals.

The Right Brain Initiative is a sustainable partnership of public schools, local governments, foundations, businesses and the cultural community. The program’s goal is to achieve a measurable impact on learning by integrating the community’s arts and cultural resources into the education of every K-8 student in the Portland metropolitan region’s school districts. The Right Brain Initiative is a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, with Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington serving as Implementation Partner. Read more at TheRightBrainInitiative.org.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is the local arts agency for Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, providing grants for artists, schools and nonprofit organizations; conducting workplace giving for arts and culture (“Work for Art”) and other advocacy efforts; presenting workshops and other forms of technical assistance; providing printed and web-based resources for artists; and integrating art into public spaces. Online at racc.org.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

source: Regional Arts and Culture Council

Final NEA Funding Cuts

12 Apr

This morning, the House Appropriations Committee publicly released the final budget agreement for FY 2011 negotiated by President Obama with House and Senate leaders, which includes $155 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This represents a cut of $12.5 million from the FY 2010 enacted level of $167.5 million, which is significantly better than the previous House-approved level of $124.4 million.  Also included in this bill is $25.5 million in funding for the Arts in Education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, which had been zeroed-out in a previous continuing resolution. This compromise legislation is set to go to the House floor later this week before moving on to the Senate for final approval.

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives had passed legislation that would have reduced NEA funding by 26 percent and faced threats of terminating the agency. Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch noted in a press statement: “Americans for the Arts is heartened by the final FY2011 federal budget levels for the nation’s cultural agencies, which reflect a more sensible and proportionate funding cut of 7.5 percent to the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. While we firmly believe that the nation would be better served with a more robust investment in nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in communities across the country, we acknowledge the constraints of the current budget. We are also pleased that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Smithsonian Institution did not incur any cuts.”

This news comes just a week after National Arts Advocacy Day where hundreds of arts advocates from across the country were joined by actors Alec Baldwin, Kerry Washington, Hill Harper, and Kevin Spacey in Washington, DC to advocate in support of the NEA and arts education. Watch Alec Baldwin’s remarks on Arts Advocacy Day here.

Thanks for all your efforts in contacting your legislators during the last few months. While we have worked hard in the fight for FY 2011, the battle over FY 2012 is just beginning. During the next few months, we will be reaching out to you again to continue advocating in support of the cultural programs in FY 2012.

Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and simple.

source:  Americans for the Arts

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