Photo: Jenny Graham / | Oregon Shakespeare Festival

When times are tight, the arts are often the first to meet the ax. But what about the cost of NOT supporting the arts in society? Dollars and cents won’t tally that.  

A new initiative is seeking out more poetic measures, by asking people what they value about art and how to best express those values. 

Promoting Art At The Grants Pass Museum

Feb 20, 2015
Grants Pass Museum of Art

36 years ago, Oregon was not blessed with abundance of art museums. 

The Grants Pass Museum of Art became the fourth at that time, and it is still going strong today. 

It's an accomplishment for a place that started in a 20 x 24-foot upstairs room downtown. 

The museum celebrates past, present and future at its Black, White, & The Blues event this weekend. 

Working It Out In Art Therapy

Feb 12, 2015
People's Art

Some of us need to get through our "stuff" by talking it out.  Therapy is a big business in America. 

But sometimes talking just doesn't do it, and some other activity is called for… like creating art. 

Art therapy gives clients a chance to express themselves without just talking. 

Art therapist Delaine Due does this for a living in the Rogue Valley. 

On Point(e): The Eugene Ballet's Boss

Nov 7, 2014

There are some classic works in the ballet canon. 

And then there are the works staged by the Eugene Ballet Company

Co-founder and artistic director Toni Pimble frequently reaches outside the canon to create new works. 

Last year: Bolero.  This year: Tommy.  As in the rock opera by The Who. 

Medford's New Downtown Art and Sound Event

Sep 18, 2014

Medford comes alive this weekend (September 19-20) with a brand-new event. 

The downtownART+SOUND (that's how the organizers spell it) will present music and visual arts at a number of venues around Medford. 

Those include an art display at the Holly Theatre, the first real event at the Holly in nearly three decades. 

Working Through Life's Challenges Through Art

Sep 12, 2014

Can a paintbrush be a good substitute for a fist? 

In some cases, yes. 

Think about it… young people dealing with some of life's thornier problems can act out in a number of ways, including through violence. 

But when they are given a chance to express themselves through art... the story changes. 

That's the approach of the Life Track program, a project that combines Medford's LifeArt program with the counseling services of OnTrack. 

Helping Artists Overcome Obstacles

Sep 4, 2014

The history of art is chock-full of stories of people who burned with creative fire and talent… and few people ever heard of them. 

Artists are not necessarily good at business or marketing. 

That's where Patricia Morrison and Delaine Due come in. 

Patricia's business is called Inner Fire, Outer Light; she helps artists finish projects and set themselves up in business. 

"Godspell" And More: First Friday In The Arts

Aug 1, 2014
Randall Theatre

A new production of "Godspell" opening at Medford's Randall Theatre is among the highlights of this month's First Friday Arts segment on The Exchange.

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days. 

Learning The Ropes In The World Of Arts

Dec 30, 2013
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

We want our students to do better in school, but budget cuts in recent years fell hard on offerings like art and music. 

And those offerings can be critical to the success of some students. 

Jefferson State Choral Coalition/Facebook

There's almost TOO MUCH to see and hear in the arts in the month of December. 

But we'll try to get a good sample.

First Friday In The Arts For November

Nov 1, 2013

It's the first Friday of another month, time for our First Friday Arts Segment…

we run down a list of events in the performing and visual arts and invite you to add to the list, or add details to items you've heard. 

First Friday In The Arts For October

Oct 4, 2013
Camelot Theatre

It's the first Friday of another month, time for our First Friday Arts Segment…

we run down a list of events in the performing and visual arts and invite you to add to the list, or add details to items you've heard. 

Method To The Madness: "Divine Lunacy"

Sep 19, 2013
David Gabriel & Peter Quince

How best to broach the subject of mental illness?