Five local artists awarded over $20,000
Five local artists have been awarded recovery grants from the Oregon Arts Commission Artist Resiliency program.
Local artists Luis Baez, Jana Charl, Carlos Calica, Rosetta Fuentes and Aurolyn Stwyer were awarded a total of $21,000 in grants.
The local artists who were chosen range in their mediums from videography to sculpture to beadwork. These artists represent traditional folk-art practices, as well as media and visual arts.
"This grant means to be basically two words, validation and gratitude," said Madras multimedia artist Jana Charl. "Receiving the Artist Resiliency funding provides validation as a professional artist in Oregon. I'm especially grateful for being recognized as an artist who is part of a small rural community because we are often overlooked in the greater art scene. This award to Oregon artists, in general, is a significant acknowledgment of the fact we need to make a living because creating, exhibiting, and selling art is our career."
The artist resiliency fund recovery grant is a program of the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation and the Miller Foundation. Its goal is to provide funding for Oregon artists that have been impacted in some way by the pandemic. Artists were given grants to cover lost income, lost opportunity and unanticipated costs, allowing them to sustain their professional artistic practice.
Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission, said, "In reaching Oregon's artists, we know we are not only supporting these individuals financially, but also enabling them to continue their creative careers and enliven the cultural environments of Oregon."
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