SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Fifteen Oregon traditional artists will each receive $5,000 to create new work through the Traditional Arts Recovery Program, a partnership between the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Folklife Network.
The program was made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The Traditional Arts Recovery Program, administered by the Oregon Folklife Network, supports traditional artists who use a range of art forms to represent and express the diverse ethnic, sacred, professional, Native American, tribal and regional cultural arts of the ‘Oregon.
“Our folk and traditional artists are essential guardians of our cultures,” said Arts Commission Executive Director Brian Rogers. “We recognized that they had not yet been a focus of our artist relief funding programs and so we enlisted the support and expertise of our partners at the Oregon Folklife Network to develop this initiative.” The Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts recognize the Oregon Folklife Network as the Official Statewide Folk and Traditional Arts Partner.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating to folk and traditional arts,” said Emily West Hartlerode, acting director of the Oregon Folklife Network. honored to partner with our partners at the Oregon Arts Commission to provide relief funds through this unique opportunity.”
The artists who will receive awards, along with a description of their funded project, are:
palestinian embroiderer Feryal Abbassi-Ghnaim (Milwaukie) will create embroidery panels that represent regional styles of traditional clothing.
Curator of Persian Manuscripts Marjan Anvari (Lake Oswego) will apply mixed media Tazhib (Persian illumination) to interior and exterior decoration.
hip hop entertainer Mic Crenshaw (Portland) will create two new collaborative albums, one addressing issues of continuing social injustice amid a global pandemic, and the other featuring songs created with young people in Oregon public schools.
Warm Springs Food Gatherer Laurie Danzuka (Warm Springs) will support cultural food practices by teaching others traditional ways to identify, gather and prepare first foods.
Cow Creek Basket Weaver Beth’Ann Gipson (Cow Creek Band of Umpqua) will consult with neighboring tribes and use the few remaining designs in accessible collections to create a ceremonial tobacco basket.
Indian classical musician Nisha Joshi (Portland) will collaborate with other musicians and dancers from its cultural community for an event that supports Indian artists in a public showcase.
Wasq’u Pearl Roberta Joy Kirk (Warm Springs) will design and bead a headgear and bag while teaching this technique to her granddaughters and others in a special class for the Warm Springs Museum.
Aztec ceremonial dancer jonathan martinez (Beaverton), along with her band Kualli Tonalli, will produce and perform at a Dia de los Muertos public community event in Portland.
Norwegian artist Rosemåling Patty Jo Meshnik (Eugene) will paint a large mural on the side of the Norway Sonja Lodge building.
Indian classical dancer, teacher and choreographer Jayanthi Raman (Portland) will create a documentary focusing on Bharatanatyam, its transmission from India and its survival in Oregon.
andean musician Alex Llumiquinga Perez (Otter Rock) and his daughter will make a handcrafted charango, while documenting the process and writing a new song inspired by this shared experience.
gospel and blues artist LaRhonda Steele (Portland) will create music and spoken word pieces focused on self-care, anxiety relief and self-love for women of color.
Seamstress Wasq’u Valerie Switzler (Wasco) will teach community sewing classes while documenting the history and stories that accompany the traditional process.
Samoan traditional artist Tuaopepe Tasi Keener (Keizer) will present Samoan dance and lead workshops on the fabric printing technique used to make dancewear.
Guardian of the Cayuse/Nez Percé tradition Celestial Whitewolf (Tigard) will create a robe and accompanying regalia that will be shared with young tribal members and displayed at museums and cultural centers throughout Oregon.
Oregon Arts Commission
The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding, and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives, and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine artistic needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Department of Economic and Community Development) in 1993, in recognition of the growing role the arts play in the broader social, economic, and educational spheres of communities across Oregon. ‘Oregon. In 2003, the Oregon Legislature transferred operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and utilizing the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported by general funds appropriated by the Oregon Legislature and by federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org.
Oregon Folk Network
The Oregon Folklife Network is Oregon’s state folk and traditional arts program. Administered by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, OFN includes a network of partners working to document, support, preserve and celebrate the diversity of Oregon’s living cultural heritage.