Community Meeting Notes
Over 18 community members attended including artists, arts advocates, and representatives from art organizations including Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Art Presence, Edgy Art Events, Southern Oregon Guild, Grants Pass Commission for Public Art, Medford Arts Commission, Art Works, and more. Participants from throughout Southern Oregon represented both Jackson and Josephine County as we came together to forge and strengthen the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon.
We shared the history of the Arts Alliance:
In Spring 2013, leaders from various arts organizations gathered with a vision to strengthen partnership and improve communication for the benefit of the larger arts community. Since then, we regularly held panel discussions, public, and steering committee meetings to gather input as to what the Arts Alliance should be and came up with mission and vision statements. Meeting locations varied throughout Southern Oregon in Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, and Kerby in order to be accessible, inclusive, and to encourage participation by the regional arts community.
MISSION: Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon is an organization of artists, arts organizations, arts advocates, and the public, dedicated to building a strong, creative and sustainable Southern Oregon arts community.
With ongoing input from our arts community, we decided to create an active and robust Arts Alliance to help our arts community thrive. Our vision for the Arts Alliance is to accomplish this mission through:
- Developing a strong, supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having art as a common interest.
- Strengthening the economies of Southern Oregon communities by increasing the demand for art and increasing arts advocacy.
- Supporting activities that raise awareness of the importance of the arts and create opportunities for all to participate in and experience the arts.
Presently, the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon is planning to launch: we are building a website, creating a map and calendar, designing and creating marketing materials, continuing to streamline communication, build membership, and we received a grant for this launch (thank you, OCF!).
Together, we will be:
Inclusive, Positive, Communicative, Creative, Informative, Collaborative, a Resource
During the meeting we brainstormed slogans, or a tag line, for the arts marketing campaign. There were many great ideas but we narrowed down the many choices to these top hits (with number of votes):
Its SO Art (7)
A Brush With Art (6)
SO heart Art (6)
See Art Be Art SO Art (3)
Keep Calm It’s Art (3)
Art For All (3)
One for All and All for Art (3)
The steering committee will meet next month to coordinate details for the arts marketing campaign including a logo design, regional coordination, fundraising, and to continue outreach to our blossoming arts community. We look forward to the Arts Alliance Launch in Spring 2015!
Thank you for participating and please encourage more artists and arts advocates to get involved in Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon. For now, our facebook page is a great resource for alls to artists, art events and opening receptions, inspiration and more:https://www.facebook.com/ArtsAllianceSO
Next Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon community meeting- Tues., April 14th from 2:30-3:30PM, Shield Room, The Bear Hotel, Grants Pass- SAVE THE DATE!