December 21, 2017

As the year comes to a close, I find myself thinking about what we accomplished here at the Arts Alliance these past twelve months. I know that our programs and services make a difference to people, but that is confirmed and made real when I hear the stories individual people tell about their own experiences with us. The gratitude expressed by a Youth Arts for Change participant, or affirmation from a collaborating partner, or the note of encouragement enclosed with a year-end donation all combine to tell me that our work is meaningful. Read full newsletter

November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!  Apart from the food and fun, what I love best is listening to everyone at the table say what they’re grateful for…it always reminds me how fortunate we are to have family, friends, health, a roof over our heads, enough to eat and the good fortune to live in this beautiful place. Read full newsletter

October 19, 2017

It is my great pleasure to announce that the new County Cultural Plan for Arts, Heritage and Humanities is ready for your review!  The Plan’s vision, values and funding priorities were built on a comprehensive months-long process, including numerous community meetings, surveys and interviews.  In general, we learned that “Clackamas County’s culture is bursting with dynamic expression.” I think you will find the content intriguing and even a bit provocative. Please send me your comments and reactions after you’ve read it. Read full newsletter

August 23, 2017

Now that summer vacations are mostly memories, I know that many of you are starting to think about returning to school, and work, and all the hectic activities that are part of the coming months. But if you’re like me, you’ll find it’s easy to get distracted by life’s various responsibilities. I need to remind myself (and perhaps you do too?!) that my perspective is always improved when I take time to participate in music, theatre, art and cultural experiences. It’s one of the reasons I love my work – it keeps me connected to what keeps me centered! I encourage you to find your own pathway to the benefits arts and culture offers a busy person… Read full newsletter

July 19. 2017

I hope you’re making the most of these beautiful, long, sunny summer days before they slip away! We’re so fortunate to live in a place with such easy access to a swim, a hike, a paddle or just a shady tree with a pretty view. And no matter what town you’re in or nearby, there’s bound to be a festival on the weekend, and music or theatre in a park. Keep the calendar in the Clackamas Cultural Guide handy when you’re in the mood to enrich your life with art activity!  Read full newsletter

June 21, 2017

I’m guessing that if you’re reading this newsletter, arts and culture are important elements in your life; you believe they have value for you, your family, your friends and your community. Well, it’s no surprise that we at the Arts Alliance believe that too. We have always maintained that arts and culture activities also have direct economic impact here in Clackamas County supporting employment, businesses and visitor attractions. Until recently though, we have not had data to prove this. But a year-long local study of Arts & Economic Impact was just released, and we now have evidence that the County’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $14.8 million in economic activity. We’ll be widely sharing the report’s many fascinating findings over the next few months, but wanted you to be among the first to hear this good newsRead full Press Release hereRead full newsletter

May 23, 2017

You may note that this month’s newsletter has an underlying theme of gratitude:  we appreciate the artists in our programs, citizens who attend meetings and events, and our supporters. In fact, none of our work would be possible without ongoing support throughout the year from private foundation grants, public funding, donations from individuals and businesses, contributions of supplies and services.  Read full newsletter

April 19, 2017

Five community listening sessions will be held this spring as we seek your ideas about how to renew and refresh the countywide Clackamas Cultural Plan for Arts, Heritage and Humanities. The Plan’s vision, goals and funding priorities guide the Cultural Coalition’s work of awarding grants to organizations and individuals for projects that benefit our community. Your input is essential in responding to this important need.  Read full newsletter

March 22, 2017

Are you feeling a bit house-bound after this long, cold, wet winter?  Looking for a reason to get out and meet interesting new people?  We have a solution for that:  volunteer! The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition and Arts Alliance Advisory Council are both seeking new members.  Each meets quarterly, and are excellent places to apply your community energies on behalf of arts and culture.  The Cultural Coalition guides local grantmaking, based on funds received from the Oregon Cultural Trust.  The Advisory Council is conducting a series of “State of the Arts & Culture” meetings in various towns, to determine what needs and opportunities exist. See our website for more information about both these important groups: Cultural Coalition & Advisory Council or contact me directly if you have questions. Read full newsletter

February 22, 2017

Now that the worst of winter weather is behind us (we hope!) your Arts Alliance team is looking ahead to spring. We’re moving the annual Art Extravaganza to coincide with Earth Day this year, on Saturday April 22. Be sure to mark your calendars for this double celebration!  We’re planning a bigger and better event for your enjoyment – watch for announcements of all the details.  I look forward to seeing you there. Read full newsletter

January 18, 2017

Happy New Year! January is when Arts Alliance staff looks back on the previous year’s events and activities as we crystallize plans for the coming year.  As I reviewed the past year, what immediately came to mind is how much we rely upon YOU to accomplish our work!  We are so grateful for our wonderful volunteers and generous donors. Without your time, talent and generous contributions, Arts Alliance efforts would be diminished, and have far less impact. I send my personal appreciation to each and every person who served on a committee, coalition or council, conducted a survey, partnered with a project, donated supplies or event space, or wrote a check to help fund our programs.  From all of us to each of you:  Thank You!!!  Read full newsletter

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