April 2020

Ronni Lacroute says arts organizations hardest hit by the coronavirus shutdown are those locked into a venue, like a symphony hall or a theater that doesn’t allow flexible spacing. Smaller, project-based companies are better able to look at alternatives. Photo by: Carolyn Wells-Kramer

‘A world of uncertainty’

Voices from the front: Philanthropist Ronni Lacroute says COVID-19 is forcing arts groups to think in new ways.

A poet laureate for new times

On Monday, April 27, Governor Kate Brown named Anis Mojgani as Oregon’s 10th Poet Laureate. Mojgani, whose two-year appointment begins May 4, succeeds Kim Stafford, who has held the post since 2018. In a press release Brown praised Mojgani as “the pragmatic

Tragedy and loss

Mourning the passing of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, whose music processes trauma.

Safe distance sounds

Brett Campbell gets down with the beat at home with a stack of recent Oregon jazz recordings.

Photo First: An Open-air Museum

As the “real” museums shut down. K.B. Dixon tours the city’s murals and discovers a free exhibit on the streets.

Starting Over: Point to point

How are big arts groups handling the pandemic? Portland Center Stage’s Cynthia Fuhrman takes it step by step.

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