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Arts Summit Spotlight: Grant, Kalmar and Vazquez talk artistic activism

Sept. 29, 2017
The Edna Vazquez Band. Photo by Chris Goldthorpe.
Arts Summit Spotlight
Artist activists to share impact strategies 
How does art bring about social change? How do artist activists elevate unheard voices to represent a community and inspire action?

Three prominent Oregon artists -- Darrell Grant, Carlos Kalmar and Edna Vazquez -- will join forces at the 2017 Oregon Arts Summit to discuss the role of the artist in political activism. The Arts Summit, "Creating Impact: Art and Civic Engagement,"  is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 at the Portland Hilton Downtown. The deadline to apply for scholarships is Friday, Sept. 29.

Darrell Grant, jazz musician and professor of music at Portland State University, is the
director of the Leroy Vinegar Jazz Institute.

Grant builds on values and cultural
_expression_ in the jazz tradition-the power of improvisation, democratic self-_expression_
and communication to delve into broader questions about the role of the artist in
contemporary society.

Grant is deeply engaged in the process of creating work across disciplines and focusing on issues of sustainability in the arts.
Darrell Grant
Carlos Kalmar
Carlos Kalmar, in his 14th season as music director of the Oregon Symphony, is embarking ona
groundbreaking season titled Sounds of Home.

For the first time in history, an orchestra
is addressing social themes of immigration, the environment and homelessness. The season's programming is tied to these timely social and global issues. 

Dozens of arts and non-arts partners are joining in a year-long program that includes education and volunteer programs throughout the region.
Edna Vazquez is a fearless singer, songwriter and guitarist whose work transcends the
boundaries of language to engage and uplift her audience. Vazquez's passion for
music and performance grew from her bicultural roots. She works to ground her
music in universal human emotion and cultural healing.
Registration for the Oregon Arts Summit is $95. Scholarships are available; the deadline to apply for Arts Summit scholarships is Friday, Sept. 29. Student tickets are available for $25. Apply for a scholarship, register or learn more about the Arts Summit here.   
Arts Build Communities deadline extended
The Oregon Arts Commission's Arts Build Communities Grant (ABC) deadline has been postponed to Monday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. to allow organizations who were challenged by wild fire impact extra time to complete the application.

The Oregon Arts Commission established an Aiding in Crisis committee in 2016 to anticipate and help respond to challenges affecting Oregon's non-profit arts and culture providers. During the recent fires in Oregon, Arts Commission Executive Director Brian Rogers issued an inquiry to non-profit arts leaders asking if and how their organizations and communities were being challenged by the recent fires and smoke.

In response to what they reported the Arts Commission is providing additional time for organizations to prepare FY18 ABC grant proposals.
For more information visit the Arts Commission website or contact Brian Wagner, community arts coordinator, at brian.wagner@xxxxxxxxxx  or (503) 428-1981.
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