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A Push for a Performing Arts Center

Central Oregon Center for The Arts gets serious
Performers in Bend know the drill: Find a space that might work, then hope and pray it stays open, has good sound and can be easily accessible for your audience. The ongoing population growth in Bend has also meant a growth in performers and audiences.

IndieWomxn Film Festival + Trashformations

Two worthy events, centered around the arts
IndieWomxn Film Festival debuts In honor of Women's History Month, BendFilm and Scalehouse have partnered up to bring a festival of films made by women and about women.

New Adventures for Julie Winter

Newly renamed print shop in La Pine will host Third Thursday art walk art
Local artist and printmaker Julie Winter is constantly alive with new work that's refreshing and exciting. Recently, she finished up her second group exhibition of "Winter X Winter," a group show she curates annually around a theme.

Small Grants Aim to Do Big Things

Deschutes Cultural Coalition's awards spur cultural education
Sometimes it only takes a little bit to inspire and create something bigger. The small grants awarded by the Deschutes Cultural Coalition may not exceed $3,000, but the organizations receiving the money have big ideas for it, making for some interesting upcoming events and creative opportunities.

Happenings for Local Artists

Greg Amanti wins award; Sarah Root's work displayed at downtown library
Last week brought some great news for local artist Greg Amanti, who won the grand prize award in the New York Center for Photographic Art's Juried show, "Water." Amanti's composition, "Italian Conversation," was selected by juror and photographer Mark Sink—well known for his images of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and more.

Burning Man in Bend's High Desert

Exhibition sheds light on unique festival, set in the Nevada desert
For those who've wondered what inspires someone to tow trailers and tutus into the Nevada desert for eight days at the end of August every year for Burning Man, now is the chance to understand it. The High Desert Museum brings this unique annual event and the creative forces behind it into perspective with the exhibit, "Infinite Moment: Burning Man on the Horizon."

Young Audiences Brings Artists to Central Oregon Classrooms

Program offers opportunities for bringing performances, workshops and supplies to area schools
An exciting new opportunity is available to Central Oregon schools and artists: Young Audiences of Oregon/SW Washington now serves the Central Oregon community, bringing artists directly into the classroom. The program is expanding its roster and looking for artists interested in teaching, as well as seeking schools where educators want the added benefit of bringing arts-based learning to students.

An Interview with Jason Graham

Bend's first Creative Laureate reflects on his tenure
In 2018, Bend became the second city in Oregon—after Portland—to name a creative laureate. Jason Graham, aka, MOsely WOtta, has served in the role since then.

Two Grants Ask for Big Ideas

Oregon Community Foundation and Bend Cultural Tourism Fund grants now open for applications
For local artists looking for opportunities to support their creative endeavors, check out these two.

New Artists' Space Opening

Outrage Art Collective seeks artists to join new collective on Bend's east side
With so many art spaces closing in Bend in the last year, a little silver lining has emerged. A new space, Outrage Art Collective, is opening for artists to share workspace.

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