December 21, 2018

With the close of 2018, we pause to reflect and celebrate the many programs of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, from the Artist Exhibit Program, featuring local artists in local businesses, Youth Arts for Change programming, and the many Public Art installations that enrich community life. With the dawn of 2019, we look forward with eager anticipation for the coming 25th year filled with celebration, reflection, and inspiration for what’s to come! As a community of artists and creatives, the blank page of the next chapter invites us to dream together of what could be. We hope you will continue to collaboratively create and innovate with us, building on the vision of a community flourishing through arts & culture. We invite you to come and create together with us! Read full newsletter

November 29, 2018

As the year winds down to a close, so does my time with the Arts Alliance… It has been my privilege, honor and genuine delight to serve as Executive Director these past 20 years. My entire 35-year professional career has been dedicated to working on behalf of arts and culture interests, in one form or another, and the Arts Alliance has been the capstone to that great adventure! Read full newsletter

October 30, 2018

The Arts Alliance team has been focused on Latino art and artists recently, and the results are pretty amazing! The annual ¡Hola Arte! exhibition recently on view in the Public Services Building featured the work of four young artists: Erika Carranza, Savanna Castillo, Kim Ramirez and Jesus Galvez, who recently received one of Art in Oregon’s first micro-grants.  Read full newsletter

September 27, 2018

If you are a longtime follower of the Arts Alliance you know we have coordinated many terrific projects over the years, but I am convinced that the currently unfolding Ask The Question Project is among the most extraordinary. Last year, the county’s Behavioral Health Division asked if we might help find a creative response to a horrific public health problem: Clackamas County has the highest suicide rate in the region, and among the highest in the nation. Working with a supportive team, we found funding to commission two dynamic artists who interviewed and created astonishing portraits of suicide attempt survivors and the people who helped them on their path. Read full newsletter

August 28, 2018

As fall approaches, we here at the Arts Alliance start thinking about awarding grants for projects focused on arts, heritage and humanities. Working collaboratively with the Cultural Coalition, we are currently accepting grant proposals from organizations and individuals for projects taking place in 2019. If you think you may be interested in applying, I urge you to attend a free Grant Orientation session on September 19 for help in preparing your application. Read full newsletter

July 24, 2018

If it’s summer, it must be time for Youth Theatre for Change! For the 7th successive year, this award-winning program has provided a theatre director and playwright to help teenagers form positive bonds and learn how to tell their stories. In just a few short weeks during July and August, they rehearse a play based on their own words and perform it before an audience in Clackamas Community College’s Osterman Theatre. Most of the teens have never shared much of their histories or been on stage before, so you can imagine how much courage it takes to do both of these things simultaneously! Read full newsletter

June 19, 2018

Most of what you know about the Arts Alliance are the programs and services we provide. I don’t often talk about what goes on behind-the-scenes here because that’s not generally interesting, but this month is an exception! Our work has grown and expanded over the years, and to make sure we continue managing it well, we are adding two new part-time staff positions to our small but mighty team. We are delighted to welcome Keren Baldwin, who joined us in June as our Operations Manager. In addition, we’re currently recruiting for a Program Assistant. Read full newsletter

May 22, 2018

As you can see from simply a brief scan of this newsletter, CCAA programs and projects are busy this month! Their success is a combination of many factors: your own interest and support, our passionate and dedicated staff, and funding from those who believe in what we are doing, like Juan Young Trust. We recently learned the Trust has provided grant funds to our Youth Arts for Change program for the fifth consecutive year! Our Board and staff join me in sending gratitude and appreciation for Juan Young Trust’s continued investment in our work. Read full newsletter

April 17, 2018

Art Extravaganza 2018 … “the best ever!” … is what I heard over and over again last Saturday. I hope you were there to experience it yourself but if not, check out this link for a taste! Big, big thanks are due to so many people, starting with the army of volunteers who were with us during Friday night’s set-up and all day Saturday – you know who you are, and we are so grateful for your help!! Thanks also to the vendors, demonstrators and workshop leaders who were so generous with their knowledge and talent. Huge applause for our donors and sponsors. Read full newsletter

March 20, 2018

Spring is here … birds are singing, flowers are blooming, trees are leafing and the Arts Alliance 6th annual Art Extravaganza is on the way! I hope you’re making plans to join us in Oregon City on Saturday, April 14. If you’ve attended before, you know that this arts industry trade show is unique in the region, and enhanced with many fun workshops and lecture-demonstrations. New artists are in the line-up this year, and entertainment in the auditorium is another new reason to attend. Read full newsletter

February 22, 2018

Although there’s snow out my window as I write this, here at the Arts Alliance we are thinking about spring! Together with our Pamplin Media partners, we are wrapping up the spring edition of the Clackamas County Cultural Guide, which will be available to you in early March. We are also deep in planning for the 6th annual Art Extravaganza, scheduled for Saturday, April 14. New this year will be a variety of entertainment throughout the afternoon. Read full newsletter

January 18, 2018

Happy New Year! The start of a new year is when I traditionally look back at the prior year’s events and activities as we consider plans for the year ahead. As I reviewed 2017, it was apparent to me that it would not be possible to do what we do without your support. We are so grateful for our wonderful volunteers and generous donors and funders. Your time, talent and contributions are what fuel our ability to provide programs and services. I send heartfelt appreciation to each and every person who served on a committee, coalition or council, partnered with a project, donated supplies or event space, or wrote a check to support our programs. On behalf of all of our Board and staff members: Thank You!!  Read full newsletter

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