Oregon Coast Jazz Party This Weekend
The ninth international jazz event formerly known as Jazz at Newport is now the Oregon Coast Jazz Party (OCJP)! World-class jazz on the central Oregon coast follows the “jazz party” format, which means that visiting musicians will appear in different combinations at different times over the course of the jazz party. OCJP 2012 runs Oct. 5-7 at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in Newport.
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is the organizational sponsor of the international event, and partners with local businesses and more than 60 volunteers in the production of the jazz party. Event highlights include seven sets of live jazz (including two nightcap sets), an interactive jazz panel discussion, jazz clinics, and a jazz photography exhibit.
The party’s focus has always been to present world-class jazz in a beautiful coastal setting – and this year is no different: Music Director Holly Hofmann has put together a roster of jazz greats, including Bill Mays, the Clayton Brothers Quintet, Denise Donatelli, and Ken Peplowski. See more on the Jazz Party website.
Oregon Days of Culture Oct. 1-8
In recognition of October as National Arts and Humanities Month, the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT) announces the statewide Days of Culture set the October 1-8, 2010. October 8 marks the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Oregon’s cultural tax credit – one of the most innovative cultural funding tools in the country. Visit the website
and see what is being celebrated statewide.
This unique public-private partnership uses private donations and a generous cultural tax credit to build a permanent fund for culture (now at more than $16 million) and to distribute over $1 million a year in grants to 1,200 Oregon arts, heritage and humanities nonprofits in every county. In seven years of grantmaking, the Cultural Trust has distributed more than $8 million in grants, most recently $1 million for 2011-12.
Donors to the Trust are eligible for a 100-percent Oregon income tax credit for contributions of up to $500 for individuals, $1,000 for couples filing jointly and $2,500 for corporations. To motivate Oregonians to increase direct giving to cultural groups, Trust donors must also make matching gifts to one or more of 1,200 cultural nonprofits in order to claim the tax credit.
Once established, the Cultural Trust set up a web of 36 county and six tribal cultural coalitions that still flourish today. These coalitions receive Cultural Trust grants annually, and are responsible for re-granting those funds to cultural projects in their communities. The Lincoln County Commissioners issued an Oregon Days of Culture proclamation, as did the Newport City Council.
Met Opera Season Starts Oct. 13 with 'L'Elisir'
Met Opera's 2012-13 Live in HD season kicks off at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 with a showing of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore," hosted by Evelyn & Paul Brookhyser. Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher's new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.
Upcoming operas include Verdi's "Otello" on Nov. 17 and Ades's "The Tempest" on Nov. 24. See more about the individual operas, download a season brochure, read synopses provided by the Met, and sign up for email updates on the OCCA website.
OCCA presents the season locally with the support of the City of Newport and the Jeannette B. Hofer Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, season benefactors Anonymous and Bill and JoAnn Barton, local hosts, and OCCA members.
October is National Arts & Humanities Month
Every day we celebrate the arts, but October is the month to commemorate the arts in a big way. It is National Arts and Humanities Month—the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation! Learn more about it at the Americans for the Arts website
National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. Coordinated by Americans for the Arts, it has become the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and newspaper articles, communities across the United States join together to recognize the cultural gems surrounding them.
NAHM grew out of National Arts Week, which was begun in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. It became a month-long celebration in 1993.
Each year the White House issues a presidential proclamation recognizing NAHM. The U.S. Conference of Mayors also issues an annual proclamation, as well as many states and communities throughout the country.
The arts and humanities play an important role in our lives—they provide enrichment and strive to provide enlightening and transformational experiences to the broadest possible cross section of the American public. The arts allow us to explore ideas, express emotions, and better appreciate cultures from around the world. NAHM is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the positive impact the arts bring to our schools and communities.
Every individual can celebrate NAHM, whether you are a schoolteacher, a doctor, a fourth-grader, or a grandmother. You can see a play, attend a local art gallery's open house, write your member of Congress asking for more arts funding, or participate in a poetry open mic night. The NAHM website has more ways on how to get involved.
We know the arts and humanities embody much of the accumulated wisdom, intellect and imagination of humankind; enhance and enrich the lives of every American; play a unique role in the lives of our families, our communities and our country; and strengthen our economy by generating $166.2 billion in total economic activity annually and by supporting the full-time equivalent of 5.7 million jobs.
And we, as citizens of Newport, Lincoln County, and the State of Oregon celebrate and promote the arts and culture in our nation and specifically encourage greater participation by taking action in our towns and cities. You can be part of the celebration by attending arts and humanities events and supporting those organizations with your time, talent and resources.
Participate in the arts. Here are nine simple ways to get more art into children's lives:
Enjoy the arts together. Sing, play music, read a book, dance, or draw with your child, grandchild, neighbor youth at home.
Encourage children to participate in the arts and celebrate their participation in or out of school.
Explore your community’s library and read “the classics” together—from Mother Goose to Walt Whitman.
Read your local newspaper to find out about attending local arts events like museum exhibits, local plays, festivals, or outdoor concerts.
Tell teachers, principals, and school leadership that the arts are vital to your children’s success and an important part of a quality education. Find out if your school has sufficient resources for arts education, including qualified teachers and materials. If not, offer to help.
Contact your local arts organizations to inquire about the arts education programs they offer either during school hours or after school. Volunteer to donate time, supplies, or help with their advocacy efforts and connect these services to your child’s school.
Attend a school board or PTA meeting and voice your support for the arts to show them you care and make sure the arts are adequately funded as part of the core curriculum in the school budget.
Explore children’s dreams to sing, to dance, to draw, to act—and encourage them to become the best they can be through the arts.
Be an arts supporter! Contact your elected officials—lawmakers and school board members—to ask them for more arts education funding from the local, state, and federal levels.
OCCA Celebrates 35 Years
Recently the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) held its annual meeting and celebrated its 35th Birthday and honored businesses who so generously help OCCA fulfill its mission to “celebrate, promote and develop community arts.”
A record crowd of over 85 members (above) sang happy birthday to OCCA, nibbled and sipped, played an original bingo game created by OCCA PAC Manager Jan Eastman; won raffle prizes of specialty cakes donated by members; viewed a “state of OCCA” presentation by Executive Director Catherine Rickbone; heard from two former executive directors, Sharon Morgan and Frank Geltner about OCCA's development over 35 years; elected officers; and learned that OCCA is solid and healthy. New officers are President Itchung Cheung, Vice President Sandi Williams, Treasurer Cathleen Donnellan and Secretary Wayne Belmont. Some highlights (with photos by Nancy Jane Reid) are pictured below.
Catherine Rickbone acknowledged OCCA Business Manager and Assistant Director Polly Ivers and OCCA Operations Manager and PAC Technical Director Ron Miller for 25 years of service to OCCA. They received a standing ovation.
Catherine Rickbone and OCCA VAC Director Sally Houck presented a Business Honor Roll certificate to Coastal Arts Guild (CAG) President Terry Brady (middle). CAG members are the Runyan greeters.
Newport Mayor Mark McConnell received a special certificate of appreciation for the City of Newport's support of OCCA (far right) as did Dave Miller (right), Yaquina Bay Communications owner.